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To: weikel
They can understand English IMHO.

I used to spell in front of my Golden if I didn't want her to get excited. Her vocabulary included:
Ball
Bone
Cookie
Bird
Look
Let's go
Out

She became stone deaf in her elder years and we didn't even realize it for about a year because she responded to our body language so well.

8 posted on 11/22/2002 10:40:06 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
We just got a 2+ old from the humane society about a month ago.....her history had her locked in a fenced back yard mostly...she does NOT know how to play, BUT, she seems to know English. We're already spelling, and add to your list, "squirrel," "get," "bed," "outside," "lay down," "shake," etc.

Story.....we had a cocker spaniel once, who, when asked where my missing watch was (it had been missing for a couple of days, and as I was applying make-up in my bathroom, I casually was talking to him)......he left the room and returned in a minute, WITH MY WATCH in HIS MOUTH.

Who would want a CHIMP for a friend, when you can have a dog, anyway?
18 posted on 11/22/2002 10:49:00 AM PST by goodnesswins
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I have to spell in front ofmy dogs, too. They understand:

Outside.
Ride.
Dog(s).
Food.
Treat.
Leash.
and most ominously :

Cute.

20 posted on 11/22/2002 10:50:19 AM PST by kaylar
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To: afraidfortherepublic
My Great Dane also understands "scoot". If he's laying on the bed and I want to take a nap, I'll say "scoot" and he moves over to make room for me. So far, the mastif hasn't learned that trick. It's quite a sight, the three of us all taking a nap together.

We used to have two danes. One was mine and the other my wife's. The two dogs knew the sound of each of our vehicles. If I drove up, Duke met me at the door. If my wife drove up, Sugar met her at the door. It was the sound because we swapped vehicles as an experiment.
57 posted on 11/22/2002 3:02:34 PM PST by DugwayDuke
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