What do dogs hear and understand?

Share:

What do dogs hear and understand

Dogs best understand words they can link to objects or behaviors -- like sit, walk or car -- rather than abstract concepts. You'll pique your dog's interest more by saying "treat!" than "I love you!" Sure, he may wag at the gushy tone you use with endearments, but he knows a concrete result will follow "treat" ..
####SIKI####

Dogs have an easier time learning if you talk to them in single words

Dogs have an easier time learning if you talk to them in single words

When you named your dog, you probably heard that pooches respond better to hard sounds (T, R), rather than soft consonants (S, F) or vowels, and they prefer short, simple words. This applies throughout canine vocabulary: choosing "walk" over "exercise" will help him learn the term for his daily outing.

Dogs also have an easier time learning if you talk to them in single words, says Dr. Pamela Reid, a certified applied animal behaviorist with the ASPCA in New York, NY.

In some cases, dogs may not even listen to the entire word that you speak. "They're probably listening to the first syllable, or first letter, of each word," Reid adds ..
####SIKI####

Other aids in learning

Other aids in learning

Body language is a big clue dogs use to decipher human communications.

Just like people, every dog learns at his own rate. Despite their bad rap for being un-teachable, adult dogs can learn new words, just not as quickly as youngsters. And genetics also plays a part; both Chaser and Rico were border collies, a working breed with a long history of intelligence used for carrying out owner's sheep herding commands. Poodles, German shepherds, golden retrievers and dobermans are also smarties.

But having a naturally brainy dog is just a bonus. With patience, love and consistency, any dog can earn a gold star in vocabulary. Just don't forget the treats.


No comments