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post #71 of 89 (permalink) Old 03-02-2015, 05:27 PM
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Yes, that's a whole other world of communication. The seizure dogs and panic attack dogs. Plus, they are still evolving to their needs, which seems to have paralleled man's for some time. If they are at the average of a 2 year old level now, what will they be like in the future? Just fun to think about.
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I think our current GSD, Jaeger, understands quite a lot! He seems to know what we are saying, and sometimes acts on what we say before we are done talking, lol. We have even tried not using any emotion, or names,or any gestures of any kind and he will still act on it.
It depends a lot on the dog, and whether they are attuned to you I think, so it matters to them what you are saying. Then they pick up words and actions, and probably your tone in some cases.
But I have seen some amazing things from all the GSDs we've owned, and some were just better at it than others, lol. We had one who would go get the items we told him to get, by name, and he was not trained on those items. He just seemed to know, and did it. He also seemed to understand exactly what we wanted, without specialized training of any kind.
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Yes, they can but I think its more emotional feeling they pick up, like hormonal scents and just being able to read a person, I know my dogs know when Im sick, happy or sad. Yes they do understand
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Oh, they understand far more than we know. I think we severely underestimate how much dogs, and cats too, and even wild animals, understand. Human beings are awfully snooty about how smart we are and we don't recognize other kinds of intelligence as equal to our's.
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I don't have to tell my GS to "sit" when I grab the treat bag. She already knows in order to get the treat she has to sit. So she sits when she seems me going for it.

They understand movement and actions and can think for themselves. So I do believe they are truly a breed of animal (like many) that can understand human beings.

As for the emotional side, that is purely just being in-tuned with their owner and being around them. Sure a dog can sense fear, sadness and happy. When I get up in the morning and get ready for a walk, I get her amped up and she responds. If I were to walk around yelling in anger, I'm sure she'd find a spot to hide. Tone of voice and body language are easily understood by every animal. You show aggression, she may get defensive or submissive.

Animals have always been interesting to me and the German Shepherd has always been my favorite just because they are intelligent.

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My 2 understand when I ask them if they need to go out or it's time to eat. I take them outside to potty separately or they wrestle instead of pottying, Xerxes will come back in and go in his kennel. I just say you don't have to go in there and he runs in the other room. hehehe Before I got Xerxes and Jasira, I had 3 GSDs. I never realized they were doing this until one night it hit me. I used to be addicted to an on-line game that I used to play constantly every night. One night I signed off and the computer played it's sign off music. All 3 dogs stood up when they heard it. They knew it was time for their last potty break. LOL That's when it hit me what they were doing.

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Fiona understands a lot. She is suppose to sit at the door before we go out. If I say, what am I waiting for? She will sit. My mom tried it with Gilda, nothing.

She helps with the chickens that free range in the backyard. If I have to keep the gate open to work, I will say watch the girls and she keeps them back. If the chickens get into a place they are not suppose to be I will say chickens! Fiona will help me round them up to get them out.

She knows all the standard words like park, hungry, etc. she also helps find the exit in busy crowded places or the car in a parking lot.

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They understand a lot; more than we give them credit for. And, more importantly, they believe what we communicate to them, which is where the problems arise, because the one thing they do not understand is inconsistency.
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They understand a lot; more than we give them credit for. And, more importantly, they believe what we communicate to them, which is where the problems arise, because the one thing they do not understand is inconsistency.
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