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Sit! Fetch! Practice!
New York Times ^ | 1-22-11 | James Gorman

Posted on 01/24/2011 9:24:38 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic

I suspect that many dog lovers are struggling with last week’s news that a border collie named Chaser learned the names of more than 1,000 objects and can retrieve them on command.

They are looking at their dogs and wondering, how many words do you know, Bowser? Probably not that many, and I worry that this is particularly painful for Amy Chua, the author of the controversial “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” a book that promotes fierce, relentless and demanding parenting, and also talks about her love for her dogs.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Education; Hobbies; Humor; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dogs; language; training

1 posted on 01/24/2011 9:24:44 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Joe 6-pack

Doggie ping?


2 posted on 01/24/2011 9:25:25 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Oh, those Border Collies and Shelties! My Golden just sighs and turns to other endeavors...


3 posted on 01/24/2011 9:26:35 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

My Saint is furniture.


4 posted on 01/24/2011 9:28:08 AM PST by seton89
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Oh, those Border Collies and Shelties! My Golden just sighs and turns to other endeavors...

How Many Dogs Does It Take to Change A Lightbulb?

* Golden Retriever: The sun is shining. The day is young. We've got our whole lives ahead of us. And you're inside worrying about a stupid, burned-out light bulb?

* Border Collie: Just one. Not only that, but I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code.

5 posted on 01/24/2011 9:29:18 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Washington is finally rid of the Kennedies. Free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Would make a good documentary.. about Chaser.. to prooove that is true..


6 posted on 01/24/2011 9:30:53 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: KarlInOhio

lol.


7 posted on 01/24/2011 9:35:04 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

BUMP


8 posted on 01/24/2011 9:36:27 AM PST by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

9 posted on 01/24/2011 9:46:37 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: KarlInOhio

Too, too true...! ((grin))


10 posted on 01/24/2011 9:47:54 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Our Chihuahua has taught us to give treats on demand.


11 posted on 01/24/2011 9:50:08 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; apackof2; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; metmom; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

12 posted on 01/24/2011 9:54:55 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: hosepipe

I’ve seen some dogs do this on TV — but not 1000 objects. Sometimes it is a trick. Watch when the trainer dumps the objects out of a bag and then asks the dog to fetch them one by one. The dog is identifying them by the handler’s smell as the handler picks up each toy, puts it down, and then asks the dog to fetch that object just handled. Doggie is using his NOSE, not his ears to identify the object.

But, I know dogs that know a lot of language. I had a Golden and we used to spell in front of her because she knew the words “walk, bone, bird” so well and she’d get too excited if we decided not to do the activity we just mentioned. “Look” would send her tearing to the big window in the back of the house. She passed away after 15 1/2 years and my “new” Golden pretends he doesn’t know any words...but he does. He’s just very subtle about it — sort of like the hunting dog in the story.


13 posted on 01/24/2011 9:57:07 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: KarlInOhio

A Jack Russel’s comment on changing a light bulb would be:

“Can I kill it for ya, huh huh? Can I kill it?”


14 posted on 01/24/2011 10:00:54 AM PST by Ditter
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To: afraidfortherepublic
My BC gets excited when we start spelling.

(not our guy - but the marking are very close)

15 posted on 01/24/2011 10:07:18 AM PST by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: libertarian27

BCs are scary smart! I’m waiting to see a bumper sticker that says “Your kid may be on the honor roll, but I have a Border Collie!”


16 posted on 01/24/2011 10:24:02 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Wait no longer :)
17 posted on 01/24/2011 10:26:38 AM PST by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

We spell in front of my Lab, as well — “walk”, “ride”, “outside”, etc.

BTW, knows at least 15 words. If I worked with him, I’ll bet I could get him a lot more. Not 1 000, though. Heck, 1 000 words is more than the average Obama voter knows.


18 posted on 01/24/2011 10:49:55 AM PST by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Oops! I meant to say:

“BTW, my cat knows at least 15 words.”


19 posted on 01/24/2011 10:51:59 AM PST by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I love my Weimeraner so much!! He has supported me though a lot of things!
20 posted on 01/24/2011 11:04:56 AM PST by the lastbestlady (I now believe that we have two lives; the life we learn with and the life we live with after that.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

I am also a well-trained treat and walk giver. I had a Yorkie for almost fifteen years who knew about 100 words. As my marriage was failing I trained her to bare her teeth and growl at the mention of my ex-husband’s name. For some reason, he didn’t think it was funny!


21 posted on 01/24/2011 11:46:18 AM PST by austingirl
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To: afraidfortherepublic

My Cairn Terrier knows his name, ‘outside’, and ‘food’. :)

Okay, a few more than that as well. He’s got his CDX and two other AKC designations.


22 posted on 01/24/2011 11:48:49 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Take out the third, fifth and sixth letters and it's 'Red Digest', Comrade!")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Hurmph, show-offs. Some of us don't feel the need to show off!! Now, just let me get my beauty sleep.


23 posted on 01/24/2011 12:00:50 PM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

oh the dog sgories I could tell. I had a Pekepoo who would go over and nudge my purse hanging on the coat closet door when I asked if he wanted to go Bye Bye. He could do tricks by hand signals. And then there is my Boston Terrier whom I must spell in front of At l6 months he has a vast vocabulary, trained hinself to go to crate when I am cooking, and has a special way of telling me when he must go outside. Bosties are truly amazing!


24 posted on 01/24/2011 1:06:36 PM PST by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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To: libertarian27

Love it!!


25 posted on 01/24/2011 5:04:25 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie
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