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Ambivilent Ambivilent 56-60, M 18 Answers Mar 13, 2011

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I doubt it. No-one does.

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That's too bad....

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Read an article recently that you may find interesting: <br />
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http://www.zootoo.com/petnews/dogsunderstandmorethanchimpsla-1318<br />
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A dog's intelligence level and grasp of vocabulary is on par with most toddlers. They can also be incredibly perceptive-- this comes from being a pack animal. They are attuned to the cues given by other members of their pack, particularly nonverbal cues. This helped their ancestors hunt and survive, it also makes them great members of human families. <br />
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I'm often astounded at how much my dog understands of what I say to her. She's a nearly three year old mutt (not sure of her breeding) and many things I never intentionally taught her she has just learned on her own. Just yesterday the new rule while visiting my parents house was not to go in the kitchen. I spoke this to her once, "Berkeley, stay out of the kitchen"-- and she did. I've never taught her what a "kitchen" was, and being a somewhat abstract term, as we were in a new environment, most would say the concept is outside of a dog's grasp. But they can use the process of elimination-- which, I imagine, is how she figured this out. <br />
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Sadly, yesterday, I had to tell her that her little brother had died. It was very unexpected. He was my parents dog, but they live next door. I had seen him at eleven o'clock the night before perfectly healthy. Then I came to check on him the next morning (I'd had a dream he had died) and he was lying there near lifeless. I gave him CPR and we rushed him to the emergency vet, but he passed about four hours later.<br />
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Though Berkeley hadn't seen Bruno since he'd gotten sick, she knew something was going on, I'm sure. It wasn't just me telling her about his death that created her awareness of what was going on, I know, but through the context, my tone, and my words she clearly understood when I told her that Bruno would not be coming back. She hung her head and buried it in my lap- then went and lay in front of Bruno's crate, sniffing it now and again, staring at her best friend's once-home.

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although there are various levels of understanding (some dogs are smarter)<br />
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YES they can.<br />
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My grandfather's dog was the greatest example...<br />
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1st time he was ever told to sit, he sat. No one'd ever taught him, he'd never heard the command before. He just understood.<br />
He also had a very interesting sense of humor. My brother got up to go to the bathroom one morning (he lived with our grandfather for a while) and the dog snuck up in the dark and licked his leg from ankle to knee, laughing his doggy grin as my brother shouted his name in startled-awake anger.<br />
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he knew.<br />
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He understood more than a lot of humans.

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My dog knows the word "Treat", he knows "Where's the toy? Where is it? Where did it go?" and he knows "Want to go for a walk?" He responds differently to each sentence.

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And?

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yes they can my dog knew almost everything i said if he was n trouble i would tell him 2 get n timeout & he had a timeout place hewould go get n it,he always did whatever i said,i my mom had a dog when we were kids u couldn't say bath around her she would go hide so we started spelling it & it didnt take her long b4 she knew what we were spelling.But yes i do believe dogs understand what ur saying,but it has a lot 2 do with how there treated & how much time u spend with them the more u teach them the more they learn.

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Makes sense.

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A police demonstrated his trained dog and declared it could understand about 100 words. On NOVA Astrophysicist Tyson once tested a dog which had been trained to pick a specifically named stuffed animal from a pile. It did every time, even differently named animals!

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My dog knows what a walk is. <br />
If I ask him "wanna go for a walk?" his ears perk up and he goes over to the area his leash is in. he wags his tail quickly and starts to fuss because he is soo anxious to go!

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No but he's good at pretending.

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They understand to a certain extent. I once helped my brother walk his friends huge dogs and they were dragging me down the road. I kept shouting at them to heel but they wouldnt. My brother couldnt stop laughing and explained that they only respond to Maltese as his friend is from Malta.<br />
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Same tone of voice we use for our dogs but they respond to the words not just the tone

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Sometimes it seems like the dog understands better than people.

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And who really knows? Scientists? I doubt the credibility of scientists daily!

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Actually they understand a lot more then you think.

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Agree!

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If you seen how my dogs look at me you wouldnt ask that question. They are the first to look at me like you stupid ***. The loving times I ask for their paw without any training and they give it to me. I tell them go get in bed and they do. I call their name and out of five the one by that name comes. Does my dog know what I'm saying? I say yes how about you?

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Definetly! I think they can understand our dimentional level and beyond......

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Not big, long conversations, but they are capable of learning words and concepts we repeat often enough.<br />
I swear, one of my dogs has a built- in clock. She knows things.

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Sometimes the most simple things, are the items which we as humans do not comprehend, or notice....

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yes if i bark lol jk i dont know..

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I think they understand the tone of the voice and hand signals more than the actual words.

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Human ego is powerfully deceptive....

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noo. We just like to believe they do.

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Oh yea, we know it all! Not!

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