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?
Answer by Justin · Dec 12, 2010 at 08:26 PM
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.
Answer by Allen Resha · Dec 12, 2010 at 09:12 PM
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.