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I do not know about Sasha "understanding" me, but I KNOW she can talk, sooner or later she will speak up and say something. She is 5 1/2 years old, but I KNOW, any minute now she will start talking. I admit, I am more convinced of it after a beer or two, but gosh darn it, I KNOW she can talk......

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Diabla knows a command that means "go to the car". The other day I was at a park for an event with my dog and my mother. Since I already know that this ALWAYS happen I said my mom to watch...

When we arrived to the parking area I said Diabla to go to the car. She ran and sit next to a Jeep Wrangler instead of next to my little hatchback. I don't know if she is trying to tell me something or if she reads my subconscious because she always picks the bigger 4x4.
 

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Saber's only 14 weeks old but she already knows a heck of a lot. If I ask her if she wants to go outside, she sits at the top of the stairs and waits for her leash. When we are outside, if she is done pottying she sits and looks at me until I say "let's go in the house" and then she gets up and heads to the door. When it is about 15 minutes til her mealtime, she goes and whines outside my bedroom door (her food is in there). And then I ask, "do you want your food?" and she jumps up and dances and wags her tail, and runs back and forth in the hall. I go to scoop the food and say "wait" and she backs up and sits down and mutters. Then I say "I need your bowl" and she races off to find her food dish and bring it to me (and sometimes throws it at me). Then I say " go in your crate" and in she goes in and waits.

If I say "let's go for a ride" she runs to the back of the car to get in. If I say "let's go for a walk" she heads down the sidewalk. She gets all excited if I mention the word "treat."

And, well, Speedy isn't a GSD, but he is pretty funny because if you say "you stink" he will slink off and hide behind the couch to avoid a bath.
 

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my husbands lab/pitt mix who now belongs to his mom (they bonded on the last deployment and became inseparable) you cannot utter the word mcdonalds around. he will start salivating and drench EVERYTHING!!! and if you are a car he will pace back and forth looking for those golden arches. and then he will not stop till you buy him a double cheeseburger
 

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I feel so special!! LOL
I think our dogs understand our meaning more than our words. They are very sensitive to tone and body language and context.
 

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I believe that Tank understands a lot of what me and my girlfriend say and do. For example, last night my girlfriend went upstairs to get a drink of water and forgot to turn the water in the sink off. Well, when she went to go back to the stairs, Tank would not go. He sat down and looked at her, then looked at the sink as to say "Hey dummy, you forgot to turn it off!" Lol he's so smart!
 

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I see the intelligence of my German Shepherd (and other smarter breeds of dog) to be similar the intelligence of an average 1 year old child, as far as language, social ability, etc. They have a large sound recognition "vocabulary" to objects/actions, but they don't grasp concepts behind them. They learn tasks like a toddler, thru repetition and praise, and they learn best by watching other family members interacting with the environment.
 

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I do not know about Sasha "understanding" me, but I KNOW she can talk, sooner or later she will speak up and say something. She is 5 1/2 years old, but I KNOW, any minute now she will start talking. I admit, I am more convinced of it after a beer or two, but gosh darn it, I KNOW she can talk......

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OF COURSE she can talk... I saw Cats N Dogs movies (LOVE the GSD in the 2nd one... such a pretty dog!), all our pets are secretly having conversations about overthrowing each other as our dominant companion.
 

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I think some dogs (even other animals) can understand alot. When Dakota was a puppy he understood what " Go to the basement" meant. We never actively taught him it. We told him it once and he did it.. we were shocked. Ditto knows that I am mom and my mom is grandma. If I ask her where grandma is she will look out the window to see if she is here. I think this is just from us using those words to describe each other to the dogs. Dakota also knows these. Im not sure if they know my brother and sisters names. They of course know walk, potty, outside, ball.
 

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I didn't read this entire thread however just came on and saw it at the perfect time. Jinx is driving me insane and I told her if she kept it up she was going down for a nap and the went over and closed her crate door and walked away... think that was a protest? lmao.
 

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I think it really depends on how much time you spend communicating with your animal, and how much they want to communicate with you.
I definitely agree with this.
 

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Months after my dog Tyler died, I asked Morgan (GSD), "Where's Tyler?"
Morgan looked at me, then purposefully turned away, ran out into the yard and came back with a VERY old favorite toy of Tyler's that I hadn't seen in years. I hadn't seen the toy for a much longer period of time than the period of time Ty had been gone.

It was very eery and touching at once.
 

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Jackson made me laugh the other day...

I was trying to take some cute pictures of him to send to his breeder. So I told him "up". I wanted him to go up onto the chair, but he looked at me and jumped up ONTO the computer desk, legs braced, claws arched, and with a look in his eye of OK THIS IS SCARY, BUT WHAT NOW?!! He was towering over both speakers, the printer, and the monitor. I had my camera but of course had both arms out in the air yelling STAY! Because the monitor was about to fall onto the floor!! I have never taught him the "up" command, since I am trying very hard to keep him "down" since he gets over excited at times! So it was pretty funny that he actually did it right away. He may have gone "up" onto the wrong thing, but he definately knew what I was saying!
 

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Jackson made me laugh the other day...

I was trying to take some cute pictures of him to send to his breeder. So I told him "up". I wanted him to go up onto the chair, but he looked at me and jumped up ONTO the computer desk, legs braced, claws arched, and with a look in his eye of OK THIS IS SCARY, BUT WHAT NOW?!! He was towering over both speakers, the printer, and the monitor. I had my camera but of course had both arms out in the air yelling STAY! Because the monitor was about to fall onto the floor!! I have never taught him the "up" command, since I am trying very hard to keep him "down" since he gets over excited at times! So it was pretty funny that he actually did it right away. He may have gone "up" onto the wrong thing, but he definately knew what I was saying!
Tell me you snagged that photo!!!
 

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I agree that the dogs read our body cues first and foremost...and that they put 2+2 together with familiar words. The more I repeat words/actions, it becomes part of their vocabulary. One word commands and hand signals are obvious. But, the more we repeat phrases or whole sentences, they understand those as well. I love conversing with my 3.
 

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I think it's more like, they rely more on body language and certain gestures to communicate with other dogs and so they are more focused on that with humans. I've accidentally said a wrong command but she did the right command anyways.

Where as, we humans are more in tune with sight & speech for communication.
 

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There is a NOVA special on how dogs communicate with people, it's really cool. If you have Netflix make sure to que it up, or do the online thing and stream it to your computer. The National Geographic dog special is okay, nowhere near as good as the NOVA one.

I can't talk to my dog. He might know one or two words that are in the sentences, but overall he's not getting the entire jist. What he can do is watch my eyes and mouth and body positioning to help with his interaction with me.

One tidbit from that NOVA thing was an experiment with chimps, wolves, infants and dogs. The experiment was a test to see which species "took a hint" from a human. The hint was a point, or a gesture towards the hidden food source. You'd think the best scores would go to the infant and the chimp, the primates that really depend on sight as the dominant source of feedback. Turns out the chimps were awful at it, the infants were only slightly better, the wolves were HORRIBLE while the dogs amazed the researches with just how subtle the hint needed to be. Even with puppies. The researchers wired up some people with vision tracking hardware and tracked how people (adults) scan other people's faces. Did the same with a host of dogs and it turns out that dogs go for the same main 3 indicators on the human face IN THE SAME ORDER. Dogs watch us like hawks, I can't twitch an eyebrow with my GSD twitching an ear in my direction. If I so much as think about eating that last peanut-butter cracker I will get the "please daddy...let me have some" face.

I saw this program and loved it! I think this was the same one that had the Border Collie that lived in Austria who could identify not only 200 different objects, but pictures of objects, as well! The owner could show the dog a picture of a carrot and the dog would run into the other room and pick out a carrot shaped toy from a huge pile and bring it back. amazing!
 

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It's amazing what they learn without us teaching them. Bunny and Jazz know the obvious phrase, "Do you want to go for a walk" but I didn't anticipate them learning phrases my husband and I exchange between us in conversation like, "Can you take them out?"

The one command I like the most was also taught by accident. When my husband would walk them he would always say to them, "O.k., were heading back now" and then turn around and head back. He wasn't trying to teach them anything but they learned the command and now when we say it they sprint in the return direction. It comes in handy if they're at a distance and we want to head back. I could shout "come" but for whatever reason "were heading back now" excites them and they run back as fast as they can.
 
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