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12-18-2013 10:53 AM
Originally Posted by MichaelE View Post
I'd find another trainer.
I did for a while, but there are not that many good trainers around. The reason I attend her classes is she is strict and no nonsense with the dogs(and their owners)so the dogs in her class are well controlled, but it does take a toll
12-18-2013 10:44 AM
Blanketback My dog knows what, "Go in your bed" means. He also knows the difference between why he's going into the crate. His favorite is frisbee time, when I have to get bundled up and want him out of the way. His least favorite is when he's on the verge of a time-out, "You're going to have to go in your bed," will get him to behave.
12-18-2013 09:49 AM
MichaelE I'd find another trainer.
12-18-2013 08:47 AM
Sri Our puppy seemed to understand a lot of sentences like " dont go there" , leave it ( him, her) alone, come this way, yuck, stay with me, want to go out?, are you hungry, want some water? , I agree it is by association of sound and action but i was amazed at how quickly he picked up. I regret though that because a trainer ridiculed us for saying these sentences to the puppy i gave up talking to him like that.

Its always cute though when he tilts his head this way and that trying to figure out what i am saying .

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12-18-2013 08:08 AM
Originally Posted by misslesleedavis1 View Post
I have full on convos with all my dogs too, they get told about all my problems, and they get told about what i am wearing today, what i should make for dinner..everything.
I talk to my dogs about everything. Incredible how much better I feel after I do!
And our dogs understand anything that has "do you want..." or "are you hungry?" in, like do you want to go out? you wanna go for a car ride? You wanna go for a walk? You want fresh water?
There are other things they know too, but off the top of my head, they're eluding me.
12-18-2013 05:22 AM
Rbeckett Mine understand simple sentences like "Move your butt", "excuse me". "beep beep" and get out of the kitchen. We have always said these phrases so after a while they understand the sound and what we want them to do. They do not understand words as much as recognize a string of unique sounds. Oh and the ever popular "want a cookie" is a sure winner everytime...

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12-17-2013 02:55 PM
misslesleedavis1 My mum always told me "the dog is the best therapy you can ask for" i never understood until i had my own dogs.
12-17-2013 02:50 PM
Originally Posted by OUbrat79 View Post
I know you all are going to say I'm crazy but I swear Ammo understands the phrase "What did I tell you?" Usually when we are in the kitchen, and I have told him to "place" he will go to his rug and lay down. After a while he tends to get up and walk away. I will look at him and say "What did I tell you" and he will go back and lay down on his rug. He will also do this if I have told him to stay somewhere and he gets up and walks toward me. When I ask him he will quickly back up to his spot where I told him to stay and sit or lay down. He probably has no idea what the words actually mean but he knows that when I say it he had better go do the last thing I told him to do.

I have always talked to my dogs like they are people. When my husband first met me it threw him off because he had never heard someone do that before. I would be in the other room carrying on a conversation and he would come in to see who I was talking to, lol.
I have full on convos with all my dogs too, they get told about all my problems, and they get told about what i am wearing today, what i should make for dinner..everything.
12-17-2013 02:49 PM
vm53506 Titan definitely understands words and sentences. If for example I tell him that its time to go back home after a walk in the park, he will come back to me and wait for a change in direction back to the house. This is just one example.
12-17-2013 02:49 PM
Originally Posted by misslesleedavis1 View Post
When Dexter farts i will say "dexy do you have the toots" and he will go downstairs and hide his butt under his blanket.
Omg I am dying with laughter!!!

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