Do animals understand different languages.

@jstory07 (70107)
Roseburg, Oregon
July 11, 2017 1:28am CST
I know this will sound strange. But if a dog is in Japan and the dog is sold to someone in another country. Will the dog understand the new owners because they do not speak that language. Will the dog knew its name in another language. Will any pet know what someone from another country is saying to it.
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@owlwings (39769)
• Cambridge, England
11 Jul 17
Animals - dogs and cats, especially - read body language and facial expressions first and learn to understand and respond to tone of voice and then specific words. The actual language you are speaking is not nearly as important as body signals and tone of voice so, once he has learned to sit on command, it will take very little time for a dog to respond to the word for "Sit!" in Japanese, for example, if he is used to "Sit!" in English provided that it's accompanied by more or less the same tone of voice and gesture.
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@jstory07 (70107)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Jul 17
That does make a lot of sense.
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@vandana7 (67722)
• India
11 Jul 17
Does that mean a person who does not use too many facial vocal or hand expression will have difficulty in explaining things to dogs? What about folks who are paraplagic...or quadriplegic.
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@rebelann (42846)
• El Paso, Texas
11 Jul 17
This is true provided the individuals the dog is exposed to uses body language, too often people do not and that can confuse a dog or cat or cow or ...... ok, I'll shutup now
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@just4him (127250)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jul 17
I think it will take time, but yes, I think a dog or any animal could understand another language.
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@jstory07 (70107)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Jul 17
That is good.
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@Kandae11 (40368)
11 Jul 17
That is indeed something to think about.
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@jstory07 (70107)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Jul 17
It is something to think about.
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@WorDazza (10091)
• Manchester, England
11 Jul 17
I don't think dogs actually 'understand' language as such. It's all about repetition and consistency. You could use any word as a 'sit' command, even 'stand', and as long as you repeat it often enough and show the dog that it means 'sit' they will eventually sit when you say stand. I think that initially it won't understand if you change the language just like a dog probably wouldn't understand if someone changed a command word in the same language but they should soon pick up the new commands.
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@jstory07 (70107)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Jul 17
Will that makes sense.
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@WorDazza (10091)
• Manchester, England
11 Jul 17
@jstory07 Blimey! It's not often someone says that about something I say!!
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@jstory07 (70107)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Jul 17
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@LadyDuck (177199)
• Switzerland
11 Jul 17
Dogs, cats and other animals do not understand languages, what they understand is a repetitive command. The cat of my neighbor "understand" both the commands given by his owner (in German) and his wife (in Italian).
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@jstory07 (70107)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Jul 17
When I had all four cats in the morning I would go into te kitchen and al four cats would go in there to and rub against my legs until I fed them. The same thing every morning. They would not eat for any one else.
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@LadyDuck (177199)
• Switzerland
12 Jul 17
@jstory07 The cat of my neighbor does the same, he want his first food in the morning from me. He waits for me on the doormat, when I open he comes inside rubs against my legs purring and after I pat him a few times he starts to eat.
@sugartoes (42722)
• Greencastle, Indiana
11 Jul 17
depending on how old it is & the NEW owner has patients to teach the dog it will take time but it can be taught.
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@jstory07 (70107)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Jul 17
That makes sense.
@SIMPLYD (83290)
• Philippines
13 Jul 17
I think dogs are smart, so they know the body languages of people. No wonder they become man's best friend.
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@jstory07 (70107)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 Jul 17
Yes dogs do understand their owners and they are man's best friends.
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@SIMPLYD (83290)
• Philippines
14 Jul 17
• United States
11 Jul 17
Yes they do
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@jstory07 (70107)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Jul 17
Than the animals in many ways are smarter than humans.
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• United States
11 Jul 17
@jstory07 I believe they really are Judy.
@youless (93738)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Jul 17
The dog needs to learn the foreign language if it lives in a new country. Some time ago an American born Panda called Bao Bao was back to China. She has to adjust to many things, such as the new environment, diet and even language. As she doesn't understand Chinese since she was born in USA.
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@jstory07 (70107)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Jul 17
Is the Panda doing good now?
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@youless (93738)
• Guangzhou, China
12 Jul 17
@jstory07 I hope so. Pandas are precious animals and I think they are treated better than other animals.
@BettyB (4209)
• Summerville, South Carolina
11 Jul 17
They may not understand at first but most are fast learners. They tend to learn the words dinner, walk, and out fairly fast no matter the language.
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@jstory07 (70107)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 Jul 17
Yes that does seem to be true.
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• Bangalore, India
11 Jul 17
They might be taught and hope they understands it
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@jstory07 (70107)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Jul 17
From everyone responds they adapt and catch on.
@cahaya1983 (10038)
• Malaysia
11 Jul 17
Oh it would be so interesting to know wouldn't it? I think it's possible for them to adjust after some time.
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@jstory07 (70107)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Jul 17
Yes I am sure they adjust.
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@rebelann (42846)
• El Paso, Texas
11 Jul 17
Yes, they do understand whatever language their owners speak and will not know the language of someone using a different language. Although they do read body language they will not know basic commands if you say them in a language they were not trained with.
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@jstory07 (70107)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Jul 17
That would make sense.
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@akp100 (13325)
• India
11 Jul 17
Ha ha.. That's really strange question and I never came up with it so far. But quite interesting in the end. lol. I am not sure about language but somehow they will understand sign or emotions I guess.
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@jstory07 (70107)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Jul 17
I think they understand you doing the same thing every day.
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@vandana7 (67722)
• India
11 Jul 17
I think they need minimum understanding. They are oriented towards their goal of good meals just like we are oriented towards our goals of monthly income. lol. We learn they learn...they don't have to learn calculus for those foamy baths...they don't have to cook...they don't have to fear divorce, or fight with relatives...all is well...as long as they get food, bath, place to sleep which is warm in winters, and cool in summers...and love as bonus.
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@jstory07 (70107)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Jul 17
So when they get what they need they would know they are loved.
@TRBRocks420 (82967)
• Banks, Oregon
11 Jul 17
Dogs and, cats can learn and, understand any language.
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@jstory07 (70107)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Jul 17
The language of love works the best.
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@sharon6345 (138800)
• United States
11 Jul 17
To be honest I think the answer is no. The reason for tat isbecause we have no idea where patches came from. When she arrived her paper work said her name was mistic. I called her patches from day one. I found that paper a few days later. for a while she would not come when I called her. A few days later she began to know her name. Now when we call patches she comes. She had to learn it once getting to know us.
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@jstory07 (70107)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Jul 17
So they would learn from you saying it over and over in any language.
@Tampa_girl7 (26237)
• United States
12 Jul 17
Perhaps they might understand some words ? That is really food for thought.
@Marty1 (36177)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
12 Jul 17
I think this is an interesting question that brought forth an interesting conversation glad you started it! I never would have thought of a question like this?!
@alberello75 (18696)
• Genova, Italy
12 Jul 17
Yes, I believe that pets, recognize the tone of the voice and also the "cadenza" in talking, that also varies between the regions and the cities from the same State.