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Have any of you noticed that you have to s.p.e.l.l. certain words out so as not to alert the hooligans of your intentions?
Saying the words: Outside, ByeBye, Bath, Park, and Cookie are all words that MUST be spelled in my house or the dogs are alerted and they know whats coming, which usually sends them all into an excited whirl around the house!
Some of these words have to be whispered now because they seemed to have picked up on the spelling trick. The word Outside is no longer spoken in my house! lol... We know use "trees" as the code word for outside! How sad is it that we have code words because are dogs are to **** smart!
Anyone else have this problem, or should my dogs be contestants on "Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?
 

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Here is a photo of my 10 year old that I have posted before... she is learning to handle this schh3. He belongs to her trainer and she is going to compete with him in tracking this spring. Our new pup, Radar, is his grandson. His name is Cosmo and he is so smart that the trainer has to spell the commands when she is telling Haley what to do with him or else he will do it before Haley tells him to. Now he is starting to even do the commands when she spells them!



Here she is training our other dog, Chester, how to read flashcards. One says "Chester" and one says "Bad Dog"! He is the very smart but shy gut I have talked about on here before.

 

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Rocky knows several words: Go, Cheese, Treat, Ball, and Walk are his favorites. We get a very attentive dog with a high pitched whine LOL.

He has also learned patterns, for example, if DH goes into the bedroom to get a cigarette, Rocky will be waiting at the back door knowing that he will be going outside shortly. If I pick up his collar, he will not leave my side (I can't even hardly walk) LOL

It is amazing how smart the can be when they wanna.
 

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Sarge can be laying across the room but his radar is always on, he listens to everything waitting one something he knows..lol

I go outside to smoke, everytime I move he watches me like a hawk knowing he gets to go outside too. You think their not paying any attention until you mention a magic word. Some times ill do it on purpose, Ill start a big sentance and but outside in there someplace, his head pops up and those big radar ears tune in to see what else can be heard....lol
 

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I've even had to remind my friends when they are here not to say the "magic" words because then once they are said, we have to adhere to them, or i have very angry dogs! "she said outside! Did you hear her mom?!?! OUTSIDE! i heard it, so did bear! outside outside now now now!!" Then i have to excuse myself to let them out so they can be calm! LOL
 

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Oh, the number of words and actions that Gunner has learned to interpret is just insane.
Sometimes, I swear this dog can read our minds. We can get up and move around and he's always watchful, but the minute we get up and move around while even THINKING about taking him outside, he knows and starts whining and runs to the back door.

The minute one of us says anything like "I'm going to..." or "Do you want to..." or "Do you think..." he's right there, looking at us like "What?! Gonna what?! This has to involve me!" It's ridiculous.
Every Shepherd I've ever had has been extremely sensitive to words and actions, but this guy takes it to new heights!

We can't spell "ball", "out", "vet", "ears" or "pizza" anymore. (lol - I know. He only gets a small bite of the crust, but he loves it!) Ball has become "his throw thing", out has become "backyard", I've started referring to the vet by name, pizza has become "the round thing" and when it comes to his ears, I just say that I "have to clean those out" (though he's starting to know what that means, too.) I couldn't spell "bone" anymore either, but he doesn't get those anymore.
It's nuts. lol.
 

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Originally Posted By: tibvixie101I've even had to remind my friends when they are here not to say the "magic" words because then once they are said, we have to adhere to them, or i have very angry dogs! "she said outside! Did you hear her mom?!?! OUTSIDE! i heard it, so did bear! outside outside now now now!!" Then i have to excuse myself to let them out so they can be calm! LOL
LOL. Yes! I've finally trained my dad to watch what he says around here, when he's visiting.
He was here one day. Gunner was sleeping on the couch next to me and dad and I were just talking. He said something about "putting a bug in somebody's ear". Gunner sat bolt upright, started to whine and paw at me like "Mom, Nooo!!" LOL. Dad looked at me and asked 'What the ****'s the matter with him?" I said "You said the "E" word."
He felt bad for upsetting him, so now he watches it.
 

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Flash can be snoring but say play, park, outside, eat, hungry and he is UP!!! The bell sound the alarm makes when a door is opened also gets him. He knows exactly which door has been opened and flies to it. He knows the sound of the magic closet with the leashes and toys opening because of the leashes hitting the inside of the door from the door hanger. He knows the sound of me getting out of bed in the morning. He can be passed out but the second I make the slightest movement and sound to get out of bed, not just roll over, he is UP! Of course he knows the garage door. He knows way too much!
 

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I think this applies too, ever have the dog misunderstand something??? He thought you were going outside but then didnt, so he goes over and lays back down and does that grunt thing to let you know hes not pleased...lol
 

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HAHA YES! If she thinks she heard the "byebye" word and i inform her we're not going anywhere, she pace around and then platz down on the floor with this look of disgust, like "i know i heard it, your such a liar!"
 

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When I tell folks I taught Jolene sled dog commands.... I do NOT say the word HIKE unless I want to go into warp drive at WARP 9 !

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I had a friend walking Misha on her leash while I was working Chaos; she was having her do a down and asked me what the release word was - I had to say "k.o. spelled backwards..."

We had to spell "walk" also, but now have to shorten it to just "w" (I'm taking the dogs for a "w") because they figured out how to spell.

Smart puppies
 

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Rocky pouts. He just plops down and won't even look at you if you call him if he misunderstands. And of course Mom is always wrong, there is nothing wrong with his hearing LOL

Rocky also understand eat. If I ask him do you wanna eat, the ears pop up, I get a head **** and he is gone. Impatiently (he paces back and forth in the kitchen) he waits until I pick up his bowl and it is a mad dash for the food. It is so funny to watch.
 

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Not there yet...but we met a couple with a 4 year old GSD and they had to spell several words when we talked to them about their pup
 

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All of our dogs here are the same way. You can't say or spell anything-"outside"- "treat"- "ball" -"kong"- "byebye" -"walk" -"bath"- "dinner" -"breakfast"- "eat"
 

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Originally Posted By: DSuddRocky pouts. He just plops down and won't even look at you if you call him if he misunderstands. And of course Mom is always wrong, there is nothing wrong with his hearing LOL

Rocky also understand eat. If I ask him do you wanna eat, the ears pop up, I get a head **** and he is gone. Impatiently (he paces back and forth in the kitchen) he waits until I pick up his bowl and it is a mad dash for the food. It is so funny to watch.
Bobbi (my wife) will ask Sarge...wanna eat!!. She now has his undevided attention. Then she says, go in the kitchen, in the blink of an eye hes in the kitchen sitting and watting on whatever it is...lol
 

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Originally Posted By: butch33611I think this applies too, ever have the dog misunderstand something??? He thought you were going outside but then didnt, so he goes over and lays back down and does that grunt thing to let you know hes not pleased...lol
LOL. Oh yeah. Gunner doesn't grunt so much - he just gives me this big, overly-dramatic huff and glares at me for a good half hour.
 
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