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Does Your Dog Know English?

Animals  (tags: animal, dogs, animal behavior, dog training )

- 4431 days ago -
As acute as a dog's hearing is, we ought to give them a little more credit for understanding our language. We know we can teach our dogs verbal commands, but many dogs learn to understand words we haven't purposely taught them.


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Sapphirra S (85)
Sunday June 3, 2007, 3:06 am
I don't know about dogs, never having been around any, but I think this is true for cats as well. Mine definitely know some English and understand that certain words mean something is going to happen. Dogs and cats are much smarter than some people give them credit for.

Trudi Reijnders (242)
Sunday June 3, 2007, 3:18 am
That's what makes it great to have a dog.

Dan Moon (2735)
Sunday June 3, 2007, 3:18 am
The next step.....
Now if we could only teach our dogs Finnish,German,Italian or another
I always wondered what would happen if our English trained dogs were adopted by a family who spoke a different language :)

In Peace,

Pat B (354)
Sunday June 3, 2007, 8:30 am
dan, i was thinking the same thing. when i got my corgi from the SPCA several years ago, i figured to give the puppy some room to explore and get used to our back yard. one of my neighbors are from india, and the grandfather was out in the back talking to one of his granddaughters in hindi/pahari, and my dog perked right up, went up to the fence...barked and wagged her tail. it was amazing, and i sure wish sometimes that she could talk to i am thinking that her previous owners were indian. i believe that dogs/cats and animals have a god=given sense of emotions. (look at working, herding, guide, cancer/hospital, police, military, security dogs. p.s. i guess i can count on my corgi being bi-lingual now??? (she LOVES the kids, and family across the fence) :-)

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 3, 2007, 11:40 am
I learn a lot about people by questioning their dogs, the people look at me like I'm crazy, but the dogs reveal a lot about their interaction with their owners. I ask questions like "did you get in the garbage?", "where is your ball?", all of the common things a dog might hear. Based on the dogs reaction you can tell the type of interaction and treatment the animals receives.


Sharon S (324)
Sunday June 3, 2007, 6:53 pm
Based on my experience, Chippy (my dog) pays attention to me whenever i talk to her using either English or my dialect. It seems to me she understands what i am talking about. She also likes it when i sing to her during bathing time. :-)

Susan d (61)
Sunday June 3, 2007, 8:20 pm
My beloved dog, Molly (see my picture) knows a vast amount of English. Over 100 different words - she may know more but just chooses to ignore me ;)

Cecilia Solar (66)
Monday June 4, 2007, 1:29 pm
My Dog doens't talk in any language...I had been trying to teach her how to say mama!...but she is to crazy...when I said mama or papa, she knows what I mean, I'm sure of it, but she doesn't want to talk, I think it must be something like what happened when the childrens doesn't want to speak because they don't need to!...she have everything what she want, she just take my hand and she started to scratch her self!...I will let you know if she said mama someday!:..The vet told me, that I have to do some massages in her vocal chords NOT INSIDE OF HER MOUTH!...OUTSIDE....anyway...I will let you know! ;- )

Elaine Dixon (71)
Friday February 12, 2010, 1:00 pm
good story
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