Hobo the Wonder Dog knows what I say to him. His vocabulary is probably about 100 words or more. Most important, Hobo understands the usage of the word and its intonation for example: Hobo’s emergency recall has a different intonation and cadence than a command to come. Do dogs know what you are saying? You bet they do, and finally the research of Tamás Faragó co-author of the study: Voice-Sensitive Regions in the Dog and Human Brain Are Revealed by Comparative fMRI proves the theory.
I know Hobo the Wonder Dog and I are connected not only through an emotional bond but, also through verbal communication. When walking I can say the word “right” or “left” and Hobo will turn in the appropriate direction. When Hobo and I are on a busy street or store these words being understood are not only helpful but also add an element of safety to our walks. Hobo’s verbal command to get in the car is even in a different language. I jokingly quip that Hobo is bilingual — but actually he knows commands in two languages and responds appropriately.
I am sure if you have a dog companion you would agree your dog knows what you are saying and some of you would even say your dog can talk. My parents dog Grace (an Airedale Terrier) can say: “no you won’t” with unbelievable clarity. Grace uses the term appropriately 100 percent of the time, for example: if I tell Grace, “I will come back get you in a minute,” if she is anxious to go she will say, “no you won’t.” We laugh about the response and obviously think it is cute. However, it proves dogs not only understand our language they interpret and use language in much the same way humans do.
I do not need an MRI machine or research study to prove my dogs understand our language. I know Hobo the Wonder Dog knows his left from his right and a ball from stick. Grace knows the difference from a toy snowman and a toy alligator. She knows the difference from green and red and how to say: “no you won’t,” does this make her smarter than a fifth-grader? Probably not but we know dogs know what we are saying to them. For the non-dog owners — thankfully we have a research study to prove we dog owners aren’t as nutty as you think.
Do dogs know what you are saying? I assure you Hobo the Wonder Dog and Grace sure do!
Life is better with a dog — woolf.
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