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The dog pictured below is Bogart. He was my dad's dog in Las Vegas, until my sister brought him to Seattle. Bogart has stayed with me a couple of times this year. He hasn't had any formal training, but he seems to listen and obey instructions. He let's me know when he needs to go outside and do his business. If I'm asleep or he thinks I'm asleep, he'll wait patiently for me to wake up. When we go for a ride in my car, he jumps in the back seat. I tell him to ride shotgun, and he moves into the front seat. When we are in the park, he knows the difference between play time & training. With doggie treats or none, Bogart seems to understand what I'm saying to him.

Who trained Pixie & Wicket? They follow instructions very well. Do they understand what Chris is telling them?

asked Dec 12 '10 at 18:07

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Time for some experiments!

(Dec 12 '10 at 18:32) Madison Tries Madison%20Tries's gravatar image

Some dogs must be dumb and/or fight authority. I remember Bogart & I were watching some guy trying to train his dog. The dog purely was zoned in on the treats, and learned nothing! Nothing!! NOTHING!!! Bogart on the otherhand, learned by watching. When we tried the same lesson, Bogart got it on the first try {No treat only praise}

(Dec 13 '10 at 13:12) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image

They learn to understand certain commands over time but they don't understand a lot.

answered Dec 12 '10 at 18:19

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I don't think that they really understand what is being said to them, they just learn to associate certain words (Probably more like sounds to them) to actions.

For example: When I ask my dog if she wants a treat, I'm pretty sure she just knows that when someone says "Treat" she is going to get one.

Also when you whistle or pat your leg, they know that you probably are going to pet them, or something simular.

answered Dec 12 '10 at 18:26

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edited Dec 12 '10 at 18:39

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I think dogs don't necessarily understand what we are saying. I think they learn to associate our words with tangible things. For example food, they know when you say food they are getting to eat. Or when you say NO in a different tone they know that they probably are about to get in trouble. Dogs are very smart, but I don't think they can actually understand the words we are saying. It is more associated with actions and tangible things to them that over time they remember.

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answered Dec 12 '10 at 19:12

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Dogs understand a little bit if they were exposed to our language when they were young much like a bAby.

answered Dec 13 '10 at 13:54

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I think its all about the tone and patterns of what we call spoken language. They associate these patterns and tones to certain actions.

answered Dec 13 '10 at 22:41

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