How do Dogs Know?

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Real Estate Agent with Cutler Real Estate

I went to Petsmart today and got some new bones and toys for my dogs.  When I got home, I took them out of the bag and held them up so they could see them.  One of the toys happened to be a stuffed dog and when I held it out Angel immediately jumped up and tried to take it from me.  I find it amazing that shesomehow knew that the toy was for her!  How do dogs know the difference between a stuffed dog toy and a regular stuffed animal if we don't squeak it?

To test this, I just went and got one of my stuffed animals and held it out to Angel.  She sniffed it and just looked at me.  Dogs are amazing animals!  Now if I could only teach them how to clean the house. 

 

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Daniel Macris
GreenWave Solutions - Atlanta, GA

I think that she knew because dogs seem to be super intuitive or something.  They are really good at reading your body language and your feelings.  They can also smell way better.

That's my only explanation.  My sister's dogs amaze me all the time with how sometimes they are so dumb and other times theyre so smart.

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Jul 30, 2008 06:59 AM #1
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Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

Hey, Christina. I agree that dogs are smart. I think my dogs know what I am going to say before I even say anything. Thanks and I hope that you and Angel have a great day, Jim

Jul 30, 2008 07:13 AM #2
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Brian Brumpton
Keller Williams Boise - Boise, ID
Boise Idaho Real Estate

Well my dog either doesn't know the difference or doesn't care.  If it's on the ground it's fair game.

Jul 30, 2008 07:21 AM #3
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Sherry Lee Cox
Platinum Properties - Paso Robles, CA

Hi Christina,

I have heard many folks say that dogs don't understand the English language.  I beg to disagree.  My Jack Russell Terriers (both female, 9 & 11 years old) understand "feed the horses, go outside, bye-bye, bedtime, snackers, bisquits, Brigitte" -- my mother's dog -- "TV." Yes, my older JR loves to watch television, and especially animal programs.  She thinks they are live in the TV and runs one side to the other of the TV to see where they went.  Now, maybe a lot of it has to do with our tone of voice and behavior, but I prefer to believe they understand at least as much as a 3-yr-old.  In any case, they bring a lot of joy into our home now that the kids are grown and have lives of their own.  What would we do without them?

Jul 30, 2008 07:22 AM #4
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Christina Moock
Cutler Real Estate - Canton, OH
REALTOR - Cutler Real Estate

Thanks for reading everyone!

Daniel- they are smart creatures, yet sometimes don't have a clue! 

Jim and Maria- I think dogs get used to our routines so sometimes they know what comes next even before we speak.  Like, when I'm getting ready to leave the house my dogs sometimes go into their cage before I even tell them to.

Brian- Maybe it depends on the breed of dog? 

Sherry- My dogs understand "grandma" and get so excited when I ask them if they want to go to grandma's house.  They are a big part of our lives! 

Jul 30, 2008 07:39 AM #5
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector

Animals are especially good at making us humans understand what they want. And I also believe that they "read" our emotions, sometimes better than we ourselves do.

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