(Closed) How fluent is your dog?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
  • poll: How much does your dog understand?
    My dog only listens to food-related words : (13 votes)
    9 %
    My dog knows a lot of phrases and words and is super smart : (104 votes)
    71 %
    My dog is fluent and eavesdrops on my conversation regularly : (29 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
    2680 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

    Shammy is seriously so smart!  I ask her if she’s ready to go “night-night” & she fiercly runs upstairs haha.  I ask her, “Where’s your toy?” & she will frantically look for them & play with me :].  She gently taps on the door when she needs to go outside & will tap harder when she has to wait longer!  She also knows sit, down, wait, no, etc.  She is so smart & I love her so so so much!  And picture for good times sake ;]

    Post # 5
    9681 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @kgirl91:  I thought you meant fluent as in multiple languages. I was like, am I going to come across a dog who is smarter than me? Our furbaby knows commands in English and Russian. He does look up when he knows we are talking about him, or he hears a word he knows (in either of his official languages).

    I can tell him to go get his ball, rope, bone, or whatever and he knows the difference between his toys. He also knows what bed time means, and runs upstairs to jump on our bed (which he thinks is his bed). When I tell him it’s time to go pee, he gets up and walks to the door. I think he is very smart already, but he isn’t even a year old yet. Hopefully his intellect will continue to grow.


    Post # 6
    1328 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    We have two dogs.  One is super smart, she picks up on the littlest things in conversations.  We can say “well we should probably get going soon” and she’ll run into out bedroom (she stays in that room when we leave the house).  She knows “ball” from “bone”, and how to “go around” things, knows the difference between going for a “walk” or going “out” (both involve leashes, but walk is a long walk, out is just to do business.  She gets much more excited for “walk”).

    Our other dog, while a wonderful sweetheart, does not really speak english.  We’ve had him for about 10 months and we’re not 100% sure he knows his name.  For a while I thought he was just ignoring me and misbehaving a lot, then I realzied he just didn’t know what I was telling him to do ever.  He knows what “sit” means, and is getting better at “stay”.  He’s a bit slow in training but we’re very proud of him when progress is made.

    Post # 7
    5659 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @kgirl91:  Our dogs pick up on certain words, and phrases. However we have also noticed that we can say something ridiculous like “Did you shave your legs today?” in the right tone, and the dog is interested. We do this sometimes just to get a reaction because they pay attention mostly to your voice inflections.

    My golden also is extremely smart in that he can tell if you are going to elave the house, or if you are going for a run, etc just by what you are wearing, how you smell, etc… if I come downstairs in sweats he doesn’t even blink. If I come down in running clothes, without even having my shoes on yet, he gets excited.

    Post # 8
    1497 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    My dogs are bilingual, haha. They know the words for treat, eat, hungry, outside, and bath in English and Korean. They get excited for all but bath – one of them even tries to hide under the bed when she hears it!

    Post # 9
    8440 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    My dog is super smart, which you’d think would be great, but not always.  Phrases he knows: he needs a bath, do you want ___, go for a walk, go around the other way, foot (for when he steps on the leash), get in the car, don’t wander off, get your ball, get your other ball, get your shirt (old shirt we play tug with), hungry, pupicate (it’s the word we made up for medicating our dog), daddy’s coming home.  He also knows food items like cheese, bacon, peanut butter, steak, bbq, kong, benadryl, carnitas, chewy, treat, snack, and I’m sure there’s a few others I’m forgetting.  I’ve had him for 7 years though, so I think it’s just that he’s gotten used to communicating with me.

    Post # 10
    2109 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    My dog Hank knows words like: food, eat, dinner, outside, walk, bed, biscuit, leash, car, free, and his big one is ‘come on’. I have to be really careful not to say come on around him when I’m not talking to him, because he goes nuts and runs around barking trying to lead me to the door. He also responds to his own name and will go looking for my parents’ dog if I say his name.

    This isn’t a verbal cue, but since Fiance and I are in a LDR, I travel a lot to see him/meet him back in our hometown. Hank knows when I take my big green overnight bag out the front door it means he gets to go for a car ride. He goes crazy! If I take the bag out to my car even just a couple minutes before its actually time to leave, I have to put him in the bathroom so he doesn’t see me carry it out, or else he’ll be crying, barking, jumping on me, and trying to run out the door to the car!

    Here’s a derp picture of him:


    And a much more flattering one:

    Post # 11
    1966 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    My moms dog has been in the family for 11 years. He is seriously bilingual. He definitely understands everything you say to him in spanish & english lol. “Chip lets go take a nap” he runs to bed and gets unded the blanket lol

    Post # 12
    2515 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    my dog used to understand a lot of words but she’s lost a lot of her hearing in her old age so she just doesn’t hear the words anymore. she knew walk, carrot, dinner, car, outside, potty and basic commands. she can still do basic commands based on the hand signals. she also knows where the carrots are and will stare at you, then stare at the fridge and then back at you. there are probably other words that i’m forgetting.

    oh i thought of another one. we bought her a stuffie from target when we first got her. it’s a dog from the shabby chic dog toy collection. she loves that thing. we call it baby so if we say “where’s baby? go get baby!” she’ll go get it.


    Post # 13
    9818 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    There are a lot of really smart dogs out there.

    My roommate’s dog in college knew a lot of words.  He knew all the words related to him, “treat,” “ball,” “bath,” “walk,” “car” etc. and the typical commands.  She also taught him how do “say” phrases, like “i love you”. 

    We taught him the words for cats, the dog park, and he knew some cities as well.  We could say “get the cats” and he would run up to them and sniff them and look at us.  He knew X city and the barn as well…as far as locations go.  He would get REAL excited when you would use the X city name because he associated it with going to her parents house and jumping in the lake I think.  If you said bath-time to him he would play dead or look like he wanted to die.

    Some of it also depends on your tone of voice.

    Post # 14
    2685 posts
    Sugar bee

    Our dog seems to pick up new words daily.  Some of her recently learned words are:

    • Peanut butter
    • Dog park
    • Petco
    • Car
    • People
    • Children – she gets seriously excited when she hears this word.  She loves kids
    • Bird
    • Chili – she recently ate some chili that spilled on the kitchen floor and immediately learned this word

    Also if we ask her “Where’s [my name]?” or “Where’s [FI’s name]?”, she will search for that person and sit next to them when they are found.  She hasn’t learned anybody else’s name…yet.

    Post # 15
    925 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @AllieANT:  BAHAhahahaha, a “derp” picture. That literally made me laugh out loud at work.

    My pooch knows words like “want,” “hungry” (<–which we slyly tried to start calling “the ‘h’ word,” but there’s no fooling him), “walk,” “outside,” “sit,” “stay,” “go get it” (usually food or the ball), “load up” (to get in the car), “down,” and his ears perk up when he hears his name. Kiss sounds mean bed time, and he knows the difference between “get down” and “move” when he is taking up too much space in bed 🙂

    A picture (I like the “what are you lookin’ at?” expression):

    OP, you also mentioned something about cats. I am also not much of a cat person, so I don’t know if any of these traits are unique, buuut… we found our kitty when she was really little, so she probably hadn’t been around too many cats before. Now, after being around the dog for over a year, she sits while we’re filling up her food bowl (like diggity dog has to), and she responds to the words “kitten” and “cat,” but not her actual name. 

    Them snuggling:

    Post # 16
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I was single when I got dog, and I took it really seriously.  I taught her an extensive vocabulary.  She knows thousands of words!  And she can take direction, “Go upstairs and tell daddy to take you out” and they will come down together and go outside.  It is kind of freaky!  She was like my project 🙂  She’s awesome.

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