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Do dogs really know their names?

Christian 2012/08/30 09:16:01
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  • Clay Slayer 2012/08/30 13:39:56
    Clay Slayer
    +3
    Not only that they understand most of what you say, or have the ability to differentiate between different sounds... We cannot say WALK around our dog but what he doesnt go grab his leash... Say Treat and he is setting in front of where we keep the pet treats.. Say Bed and he runs and jumps on the bed.. Do not count animals short in the smarts department

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  • Me 2012/08/31 03:13:33
    Me
    +1
    not sure
  • Shadow 2012/08/30 21:55:09
    Shadow
    Good question! I've asked myself this before. I'm not 100% sure that they know their name or even fully comprehend English, but i do believe they know the sound of when they are being called. Our voices change along with our demeanor when we speak to our pets, especially dogs. We tend to speak to them like toddlers or small children when we get to playing with them or something similar. It also changes when we have to be stern with them. The changes they understand, the words may escape them though. But i don't think this is all dogs. I think there are certain breeds that are so smart you'd think they was human in their past life (if you believe in such things). German Shepard's, Pit Bulls and other intelligent dogs that I've had throughout my life have scared me with how smart they are. I love dogs for that reason.
  • Christian Shadow 2012/08/31 19:59:08
    Christian
    Interesting
  • Professor Wizard 2012/08/30 19:19:46
    Professor Wizard
    Absolutely!
  • sickofpolitics 2012/08/30 18:49:41
    sickofpolitics
    My cat even knows his name. Of course he thinks he is a dog half the time, we swear he is a "dat" Love him just the same. Dogs are pretty smart, they know our emotions and give love so freely.
  • Will 2012/08/30 16:27:26
    Will
    Yes but I think It's more of the sound recognition then an understanding of our language
  • wolf sloan 2012/08/30 15:32:44
    wolf sloan
    Seems like. Mine do react to theirs.
  • lurx: the soda jerk 2012/08/30 14:58:55
    lurx: the soda jerk
    +1
    Yes.

    Dogs' Intelligence On A Par With 2-Year-Old Humans, Renowned Canine Researcher Says

    Although you wouldn't want one to balance your checkbook, dogs can count.

    They can also understand more than 150 words and intentionally deceive other dogs and people to get treats, according to psychologist and leading canine researcher Stanley Coren, PhD, of the University of British Columbia. He spoke Saturday on the topic "How Dogs Think" at the American Psychological Association's 117th Annual Convention.

    http://www.medicalnewstoday.c...
  • Clay Slayer 2012/08/30 13:39:56
    Clay Slayer
    +3
    Not only that they understand most of what you say, or have the ability to differentiate between different sounds... We cannot say WALK around our dog but what he doesnt go grab his leash... Say Treat and he is setting in front of where we keep the pet treats.. Say Bed and he runs and jumps on the bed.. Do not count animals short in the smarts department
  • Christian Clay Sl... 2012/08/30 13:43:19
    Christian
    Can he spell Antidisestablishmentarianism? Antidisestablishmentarianism
  • Noobcake 2012/08/30 11:46:41
    Noobcake
    +2
    Definitely. But I think the tone of voice that you generally use when you call your dog has something to do with it as well.
  • Christian Noobcake 2012/08/30 11:56:22
    Christian
    +1
    Very true.
  • La 2012/08/30 11:23:26
    La
    +1
    Yes >.> Dogs are good at learning what different words mean. Words + gestures is how you train a dog.
  • Christian La 2012/08/30 11:26:40
    Christian
    Good to know.
  • Broken 2012/08/30 11:02:00
    Broken
    +2
    Mine all did.
  • baxter 2012/08/30 10:31:45
    baxter
    +2
    YES THEY DO MINE COMES WHEN HE IS CALLED
  • Platinum Fangs 2012/08/30 10:31:21
    Platinum Fangs
    +1
    Mine does. He knows several names.
  • jc 2012/08/30 09:53:44
    jc
    +1
    Mine always were.Now, cats are a different story.
  • Noobcake jc 2012/08/30 11:43:38
    Noobcake
    +1
    Cats know their names. They just won't come to you when you call them unless they feel so inclined. My cats rarely come to me but when my boyfriend calls them they race over. -.- Also, their names are quite similar sounding - "Mercury" and "Mercedes". The right one comes when he calls them which is impressive I think.
  • Christian Noobcake 2012/08/30 11:45:23
    Christian
    +2
    I like cats but they are a bit weird.
  • Noobcake Christian 2012/08/30 11:53:55
    Noobcake
    +1
    Haha, perhaps. It just seems normal to me now. I think it depends on what you're used to. Dogs and cats are kind of like men and women, I think; they're similar, yet quite different. Some dogs are a little bit cat-like in behaviour and some cats are a little dog-like. If you consider male behaviour the norm and aren't really exposed to females than women would indeed appear a bit weird and visa versa. They're just two sides of the same coin.
  • Christian Noobcake 2012/08/30 14:33:18
    Christian
    +1
    I like both, Cats and Dogs, my aunt had 50 cats at one time.
  • Noobcake Christian 2012/08/31 01:17:50
    Noobcake
    Omg!!! Was she a breeder or something or just a major cat enthusiast? lol I can't even begin to imagine life with 50 cats.

    Oh, and I love dogs and cats too. We had dogs when I was growing up but unfortunately, as I am renting, I could just kiss any prospect of re-renting goodbye if I got a dog. It was hellish enough finding somewhere to rent that wasn't a complete hole just with my 2 cats.
  • Clay Sl... Christian 2012/08/30 13:41:24
    Clay Slayer
    +2
    Cats are Independent... They own you, you dont own them..

    My Dog can talk,,, He sat on some heavy gravel and said Ruff! LOL
  • Noobcake Clay Sl... 2012/08/31 01:18:21
    Noobcake
    LOL. :P
  • My name is Michael 2012/08/30 09:21:58 (edited)
    My name is Michael
    +2
    lol, I don't think they can spell their name but they will respond to anything that rhymes. My dogs name is Mindy, I just said windy, cindy, lindy, and she responded to all.
  • Christian My name... 2012/08/30 09:35:05
    Christian
    lol

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