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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 06-21-2012, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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Does your puppy understand words?

Lucky has become so facile in his understanding of conversation (and the word Lucky comes up a lot in conversation and he doesn't miss it even on the tv) that we find ourselves spelling words we don't want him to hear (like "outside" when we're not going right away etc.). There's more trouble when he tries to speak to me and I don't get it. I keep the leash on a counter in the kitchen and he barks when he wants to go out and rolls his eyes towards the counter to be more specific but yesterday a.m. he was trying to tell me something and barking wildly and clearly purposefully and getting worked up so I said to him in that way I'm sure we all do when we forget we're speaking to a dog, "Calm down Lucky just take a deep breath" and as I said it, I opened my mouth and took a deep breath and omg so did Lucky. It didn't help him much but I collapsed in laughter and awe and we moved on. I've read that dogs can have the intelligence of a three year old child and command of as many as 150 + words (and there's that dog that knows the names of a thousand toys and they tested adding a new one and calling its unfamiliar name and the dog figured out which one they meant). Do you have surprising examples of your dog understanding human language?? It's too much fun.

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Mine knew all the basics and many more such as car, boat, fishing, treat, up, down, stop, go........and I tend to carry on conversations with mine too. I'm sure they get it or they just love to hear our voices....or a combo of both!

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Well, Marley knows cheese, treats, chicken etc, LOL. He may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he is cute <g>
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Oh Yeah! Tucker understands far more than we'd like him to sometimes. At 3 years old, he's starting to understand walk when we spell it. There are numerous other words he knows also. We'll have to come up with other words to replace those I guess and then start the process all over again once he catches on. He also has our routines down pat and acts accordingly. They are pretty smart little critters.
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I think Timmy understands words. He knows his name and of course all the necessary words like breakfast, lunch, dinner, cheese, chicken and car ride. I think he also understands when I tell him to find something like "find the kitty", "find your ball" or even when I ask him where one of my daughters are, he will look around until he finds them. He know let's go for a walkie, car ride, outside etc... One of his funny but annoying guard dog quirks is if he hears a door bell, knock or someone on tv say something like "Who's there?" he'll bark like crazy. They are way smarter then we give them credit for.

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Oh YES. I think Tillie understand anything that is related to HER. LOL and yes, we spell W-A-L-K!

One specific example happened last week. Tille does what we can the "bone dance" with her soft bone in her mouth, wagging and wigglying around my son who has his maps laid out on the living room floor.... she waggles and 'crinkles' over the maps, then across his back, in circles ... this goes on for 5-15 minutes on a very regular basis and she has been doing this for over a year. ANYWHO, this particular day last week my son had a rash on his lower back and having TIllie cross his back was irritating him... so in a totally normal voice, he said, "Tillie can you stop walking on my back, it HURTS!" and NO joke, she paused, looked at him and procedded to do her bone dance across his THIGHS ... seriously! We were in awe, my son was like, she UNDERSTOOD me!! She struggled a bit to go over the 2 legs and tripped a couple of times, but she did this for another 10 minutes or so and NEVER stepped on his back!!!
Smarty pants...

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I know Keeper knows many words and their associationl--smart little stinker that he is.
'Hungry, treat, eyes (when it's cleaning time results in taking off for parts unknown), walk, specific toys such as chew toy, rat fink, wormie, etc., Daddy, someone's (name) coming results in a rush to the door. Bed, the names of his doggie friends on the street. They are a smart toy breed.

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Pepper knows the basics like sit, down, here or come, let's go, wait (works better than stay for him), leave it, etc. But he also knows chariot (stroller), hunting (drive-thru/take-out), my son's names and the names of our other dogs, Grandma's, walk, bike ride, biscuit, cookie, bacon, ice cream (his FAVORITE), and more that I can't think of right now.

Even with his ample knowledge of our vocabulary here, he becomes stone deaf when it pleases him!

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I think these guys know all the words and associations for what is important in their particular lives.


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That reminds me, we shortened walk to "W" because Hager expected a walk no matter what time of day, if he heard "walk". He caught on to "W" pretty quick. We had to say "do you want a bath" for him to give the "W" thing up!

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