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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-24-2010, 05:41 AM Thread Starter
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"Talking" Dog - Gracie

Gracie is becoming quite vocal. She has so many "words" and uses them often. Sometimes too often! She whines, mumbles, grumbles, barks, and makes other noises depending on what she wants.

My question is, am I going to end up with a spoiled girl if we respond to all of this? It's very funny and I'd like it to stay that way. We don't want her to become a nuisance with the whining and noises.

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When you have a vocal dog the best thing you can do is teach a speak command that way you can also train a non speak command. I did this as a baby with Dash and so wish I would have done it with Belle. I have tried as she is older but she barks for everything!

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The trainer who came over told me to ignore Santos when he's whining from the ex-pen. I try really hard to do it, but I'm not 100% successful. It's hard to ignore....especially when I get home from work and I know he wants to play with me outside.

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It's not just whining, I've got to try to get it on video. She talks, her head is wiggling around, tail is wagging, it's really funny. And if I talk to her she'll keep doing it, almost as if we're having a conversation.

I'm really coming across as crazy here!

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I don't think you are crazy as I know exactly what you mean. Maddux has very specific "words" for certain things that he wants. And, he has done this since a few weeks after we got him. It is nothing that we taught him.

It's not a bark or a whine per se. For example, when he wants/needs to go outside it is a very short low bark and then a long grumble (for lack of a better word). He looks right at me and will cock his head to the side waiting for me to respond. When I do I usually get a little grunt back from him like a "YES" and off we go to the door. It is alot of fun! and I think it's cute.

Hey, if Barbara Walters havanese can say "I love you" to her then I choose to believe that Maddux and me have our own little language going.

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Ann, that's so cute. I would love to see the video.

Benji talks occasionally too. I have noticed he tends to speak when HE gets the idea that he wants to go for a walk and not when I say "let's go for a walk".

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For example, when he wants/needs to go outside it is a very short low bark and then a long grumble (for lack of a better word). He looks right at me and will cock his head to the side waiting for me to respond. When I do I usually get a little grunt back from him like a "YES" and off we go to the door.
Kipling does exactly this. Ann if I were you I would enjoy it. I think it's fun when they can communicate like this. If it were me I would know if it was getting out of balance and if this was leading to spoiling but isn't it a bit like kids? If it works for you and your family and you don't feel it's demanding on her part, then why not let her continue? For me? I really value Kipling's ability to tell me when he needs to go out. He knows I understand him and will always come right to me with the growl/tilted head thing. It's amazing.

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Bailey does it a lot, especially when he's stressed. He'll try so hard to communicate with me and his mouth keeps moving. It's adorable. Milo did it the other day to the point that his mouth looked like one of those computer generated ones they do on babies for commercials.

I would not discourage it myself. I think it's adorable and they're trying so hard to communicate.

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Both of my girls are vocal, Galen just has a low growl. She does this mainly when she needs to go out. Smarty has a whole vocabulary that I have always thought was super cute. Along with the vocalizing she has her dance and sits up shakes the paws to really get your attention. Again I love it. BUT Danny the trainer thinks it is another way of me giving in and her controlling the situation. For now I have to ignore anything other than Galen wanting to go out. He thinks they should be going out on my schedule not theirs again it is a way of controlling us.

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Sandi - Your trainer would kill me! From the sound of things it seems like I'm doing everything wrong! Right now I don't feel like things are out of control but I'm trying to implement some of the things you're telling us about.

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