Spelling word in front of the dog

@rocketj1 (6960)
United States
December 19, 2008 2:39pm CST
The other day I realized something. When I am talking about our dog IN FRONT of the dog, I have to spell certain words. W-A-L-K! If I were to actually say the word outloud, Rocky would go ballistic! It's just like when my kids were little! Some of his other words to spell are : treat, car, ride, outside, toy, and especially play! Do you have to do this too?
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@Polly1 (12647)
• United States
21 Dec 08
Thats too funny. I had to spell certain words around my dog too. Specially o-u-t, after awhile she caught on and knew what we were saying. She also knew what a commercial was. if we were watching something on tv and she wanted out, we would say ok, wait for acommercial. She would sit and wait patiently, a commercial would come on and she would know it, it was time to go out. She was the smartest dog I ever knew, She has been gone now for many years, I still miss her.
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@Polly1 (12647)
• United States
5 Feb 09
Thanks for BR
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
5 Feb 09
It was in honor of your beloved dog! You are welcome!
@SomeCowgirl (32255)
• United States
20 Dec 08
We don't as the only time we ever say it is when we are going to let them out or what not, and really we ask them, lol. What kind of dog is your rocky? My fiance and I used to have a dog named rocky, a chihuahua but we sold him to a mom who wanted him for her son.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
20 Dec 08
Our Rocky is a 1/2 golden retriever/lab and 1/2 Huskey. He's about 75 pounds and 2 years old. He's blond with light blue eyes.
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@SomeCowgirl (32255)
• United States
20 Dec 08
Oh he sounds like a beautiful dog!
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
19 Dec 08
Oh yes. This happened a lot when we had dogs. You did not even mention the word d-i-n-n-e-r-, they would all go crazy with happines. In the U.K. as a child, I had a an alsation that was so intelligent. These were before the days when dogs had to be on leashes etc. My dog went everywhere with me. The odd thing was, when we reached a crossing Terry would look at the lights. Just sit on the pavement and wait for the lights to change to green. He would then look both ways and cross the road. Yet they say that dogs are colour blind. If hthey are - how did he know when to cross the pedestrian crossing when the lights were green? Blessings
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
20 Dec 08
I was so young that I don't really remember. I must have been around 7 or 8. But he could have been trained by my mother - she was very good with dogs. I'm sorry that I don't remember anything about the trraining or lack of. The memory has just stayed with me and it is true because my sisters who are older than me remember the dog doing the same thing. Blessings
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@lilaclady (28235)
• Australia
19 Dec 08
my friends dog seems to understand everything you say, I was amazed when I first saw this dog, because my friends talks to it just the same way he talks to a person, not in a commanding way one usually talks to a dog,...and the dog did exactly what he wanted, i think animals are a lot smarter than what we give them credit for.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
19 Dec 08
I've heard that they have a certain ability to actually recognize several words. It's not even necessarily in the way that they are said but in the words themselves. You are right, they are very smart!
@breepeace (3024)
• Canada
30 Jan 09
I always had to spell out W-A-L-K, C-A-R-R-I-D-E and C-Double O-K-IE or Summer would know what was up. My ex boyfriend and I had reached a point where even if we were talking about human cookies, or going for a walk alone and she wasn't even around we'd still spell it.
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@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
30 Jan 09
yes, these dogs understand, out, go, wal, walkies, and many other words like trats and cookies, snacks....by by so we do have to spell sometimes. Its strange how much their vocbulary has grown lol
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@kaka135 (14118)
• Malaysia
26 Dec 08
I have never heard that before, and I do not spell word in front of my dog too. I just say the word out, like heel, sit, down, close, etc. She understands these words as I have been training her when she was young, the easiest word she always listen to us is "SIT".
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@Humbug25 (12551)
21 Dec 08
Hi there rocketj1 I don't even do this in front of my kids!! One of kids can now spell so he would work it out, so I hold conversations I don't want him to know about, out of his earshot and the other two are oblivious to the conversations I have! LOL
@mjhicks (319)
• United States
21 Dec 08
My first dog would go nuts at the word cat or kitty. She loved to tree cats. She would run to the screen door barking and yelping whenever you mentioned a cat. If she got out and found a cat she would never hurt one she just wanted the chase game. She encounter one once that didn't run but attacked her. Poor thing needed help to turn it loose. As soon as the cat found refuge up a tree she would come back all happy and proud of herself as if she had done a great deed. So we began spelling C A T which she soon figured out so we tried K I T T Y and she figured out that one too. So my mom thought she would out smart her by spelling F E L I N E... By then she had figured anything said in such a manner must mean we were talking about a cat. She was a smart dog and soon learned not all spelling was about a cat and figured out walk, go, ride, food, frisbee (her most favorite game that event trumped treeing cats) and several names of family members or friends she really liked. Somehow she would figure out what we were spelling.
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@lynnemg (4536)
• United States
21 Dec 08
I actually know a lady whose dog knows how to spell the words too. It is funny to watch this dog. The woman has to use code words for things such as walk, truck, outside, and treat because it doesn't matter if she says them or spells them, her dog understands.
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• Canada
20 Dec 08
I don't own a dog, but I really don't think they pay attention to our phonetics. They are incredibly smart but I don't think you have to worry about your dog understanding your language.
@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
20 Dec 08
I used to have a dog that I started spelling in front of...but he soon learned to spell. He understood C-A-R, G-O, O-U-T. There were a few others, but it's been years since I thought about that. Hmmm.
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@murderistic (2278)
• United States
20 Dec 08
Yes I do, I think it's so funny!! Walk is a big one for her. Even if I say "wanna go for a talk?" she freaks. Obviously "speak" is another one... "car" makes her run upstairs. LOL.
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@trowbdon (167)
• Canada
20 Dec 08
I have to spell Treat Cookie Steak (we have dog treats that look like little steaks) Outside Car He likes going to the vet, there lots of people to give him attention (like he's lacking) If I'm talking about him without using his name he seems to know. If I'm talking about him and say the dog, or puppy he perks up. If I'm helping DH get ready for work he comes over and tries to stop me. He'll get inbetween us and start doing his little dance. It's so cute.
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• China
20 Dec 08
i like dog ,it's the most clever\lovely animal i think.
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
20 Dec 08
Your Dog only associates the meaning of a word with the action that follows. You could say flower and if you got the leash out and took him for a walk, he knows flower means walk. Or it you use several different words to mean walk pretty soon he's ignore the words and just look for the tell tale body language. Animals rely on body language so if you want to know what they are communicating look at their body language.
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
20 Dec 08
You would probably be surprised at how much dogs really understand. In psychology, we call it conditioning. We you mention walk and then go out for a walk each time, then the dog comes to expect that walk every time he hears you say the word. I think it is so cute.
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• United States
19 Dec 08
Yes I do. Mine are sneaky enough to watch YouTube when I am not around that is where they learned to get an attitude from all the chihuahua videos so I am quite sure they are probably also learning to spell.
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@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
19 Dec 08
I spell in front of some dogs too. Dogs are smart. Walk is one I must always spell unless I'm taking them for a walk. It's kinda silly because they know when I'm getting ready to go out because I put shoes on.
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@walijo2008 (4646)
• United States
19 Dec 08
Thats funny, I've never heard of someone having to spell words in front of a dog..lol. Our dogs aren't that smart, all they know is when its time to eat..haha.
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