I'd put money on the line that a group of people would say my dog is better than yours.
It comes down to the basic learning ability of animals. Put your hand on a hot stove, get burned. Maybe my dog is Einstein, but I can tell him not to do something and he won't because he knows I will "correct" him if he doesn't. I don't walk around kicking him or anything. Snatching him up in a bear trap and looking him face-to-face normally works. Never used a choke chain. Don't even have a leash for him.
Case in point: My dad got angry because my dog kept jumping in his pool and biting the cleaner hose. I told him not to, and he didn't do it anymore. I don't want him to jump in when I make a short pit stop, so I told him a few times not to get in. He won't even think about jumping in unless I tell him it is okay. Well, maybe he thinks about it, but not hard! This is a dog that took a nap in a muddy pond a few weeks ago. He loves the water.
Another case in point:
He absolutely hates squirrels. They drive him nuts, no pun intended. He looks back at me waiting for me to let him go chase and bark at them before he does anything. Won't do it unless I tell him.