I've heard they were smart. I have a good friend who has 2 of them and she loves them. She brings them here when she comes to visit and my BT's love to play with them.
Bostons are also highly intelligent and are known as people pleasers but I started the clicker training with Maddie, many years ago and I just assumed I needed it for all of them. (I think I'm now considered training lazy... ) because that's what I just tend to use on all of them.
I have 2 new babies that are going to start showing in November. I am really thinking about not using the clicker with them and see what happens.
If you need help, ask God; if you don't, thank God.
I have never done well with a clicker. I have ADHD, and my brain cant handle it. I either forget to click or forget to treat. That is why old fashioned has worked well for me. Please keep in mind, my dog are not perfectly trained by any means. I tell everyone who comes to my house, the dogs own the home, they just let me live here lol.
I also allow my dogs to do things like jump up that alot of people don't like. After my accident 5yrs ago, my back muscles where in a very bad state. I couldn't bend to pet my dogs, so I allowed them to jump up. I still do, I love it. Alot of people don't like it. They stand like a rock, and wag their butts at the judges. That is all I care about. They tend to sit well for periodic treats(just because ones), and when I say bed time, they all go in their crates and wait for their treats. That is what matters to me. They will leave it, and drop it, but never in a million years heal. I take obediance classes for the socialzation, not for the training. As long as they look for me, and act like spoiled aussies who listen most of the time I am happy. Lazy whos lazy
"it helps to have a breed that lives to please you. I have to admitt, Aussies have to be the easiest dog in the world to train lol"
Now, ain't that truth. My dog does things only if there's something in it for him. Food reward training, clicker or otherwise, is the only thing that works for most of his breed (Basenji). But once he learns something, he'll wear himself out offering different behaviors to get a food reward.
It's the method of training that will bring out the intelligence of the dog, regardless of breed. If your dog won't learn a behavior, he's not stupid, you're not training him with a method that he can relate to.