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How about full on sentances let alone words? Ours know the standard assortment like cookie, car ride, walk, are you hungry, get off the ____, and all the trick commands like sit, stay, etc. Several years ago I figured they knew about a good 50 or 60 words as well as do you want _____ (fill in the blank, say, 'to go for a car ride' or 'food') and several other general question type statements. It got to the point where they would get excited when they overheard a recognizable word in general conversation and think it was meant for them. Thus we were having to spell out certain words when speaking to each other (Gee today I ate a big lunch so I took a W---A---L---K afterwards). We also started using American Sign Language so sometimes I don't even speak to them, I just sign to them. Instead of asking them are you hungry at dinner time, I just stand up, rub my belly in a circular motion, and they instantly run to the kitchen to await their kibble! What I find fascinating is the fact they can read faces and lips and learn the words (just certain sounds to them obviously) and communicate back to us with their body language (see the post about how our dogs wake us up by Dillion's Dad) and their noises and facial expressions.
 

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Chloe usually reads my body language, my expressions, tone of voice and can tell if I'm anxious, upset, sad, happy, etc. by my demeanor. She knows several sentences, the usual ones (in Hebrew though): hungry? want dinner? lets go for a walk, lets play, bring the ball, what have you done?, oy vey (well, I am Jewish), get off, step back, move, who love mommy and probably a few more.

I think is fascinating the way they read us.
 

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Charlee knows I'm going somewhere when I either grab my purse or my keys so he sits by the door and waits for me to ask if he wants to go for a ride. I feel bad during those times I really can't take him with me.
 

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How many does he know or listen to? LOL
Baxter is learning quit a few words or phrases. Like when hubby comes home, i will say daddy's home he runs to the mud room to wait. When I ask to if he wants to go bye bye he circles and gets excited.
He knows some commands. But his favorite word he knows and hears is wanna eat? haha
Baxter also reads my expressions,tone of voice and body language too.
 

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Daisy knows upstairs, Do you need to go out/outside?, crate, bedtime, treat?, and then all the obedience commands like sit, lay down, leave it, come (which she may or may not respond to, LOL)
 

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Maggie knows way more words than I want her to know. I have started spelling some things. She knows grandpa's here, the names of her friends Mirage and Kylie, where is your Kong, where are the green beans, where does your dish belong, walk, ride in the car, where is Katie, where is dad, lets work (practice her tricks), all of her command words, as well as do you want breakfast, dinner, lets eat and lots more. I never say grandpa, Kylie or Mirage in even a conversational voice because she will jump up from a sound sleep and run to the window or door. She knows kennel up and will run over and open the door to get in, and are you ready for sleep (runs to Katie's room and gets in her bed). I often spell things like walk if its not quite time and I don't want her to get too excited.
 

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Mine are about the same as everyone else's. I think it's funny when Bones talks back when I ask her a question. Bones, want to go outside? [Sing-songy yawn]
 

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hehe, Charlie is a bilingual dog! He knows my Chinese words too. Sometimes I speak too fast and he just stood there looking at me, what is mom talking about?
 

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Let's just say a lot! It's funny that you mention American Sign Language...I have a friend who's a deaf ed teacher and between her and a few kids in my program with a deaf mother, I've learned about 200 signs. I've taught Henry a few, and I swear he can spell too. Not to mention I speak Spanish and have taught him some of that. Mostly he has key words, though that clue him in. For example, he perks up with 'want' no matter what you pair with it, lol!
 

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OK, let me think...Jersey knows the basic commands like sit, down, off, shake, roll, etc. Of course, she knows walk, food, hungry, outside, bye-bye's in the car. She will go to Mike when I tell her to go find Daddy and she comes to me when Mike says go get Mommy. She knows scoot your butt, which is what I say to her when she's in my spot on the bed. And she goes absolutely crazy when I ask her if she wants to go see Aunt Mary. Jersey and my aunt have this crazy bond formed by Jersey's love of food and my aunt's love of cooking. LOL! I know there's more that I'm forgetting.
 

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Ours know the basic commands (like others, they don't always listen to them.LOL), meaty bone, walk, get daddy, where's Brad?, want food, go potty, ride, bye-bye, Phoebe-treat (though this is for Phoebe, they know it and try to worm their way into getting one of her treats), get out, night-night, and others that I just can't think of right now.

But they do pay very close attention to my body language and actions. They know when I go to work in the morning and wait near the door for me to say bye to them and give them a pet. They also know on weekends, if I put my tennies on in the morning, it means walk time and they go crazy at the front door waiting to go!
 

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I forgot cookie and treat. She also knows hand signals for her basic commands.

And as for body language, Jersey is very sensitive to mine. I only have to look at her sometimes to get her to respond to me. She knows when I need puppy love and comes and cuddles up and licks my face. It's hard to stay upset when she does that. She knows when I'm sick too and is always there to try and comfort me.
 

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Elvis is still a kid, so he's still working on his vocabulary! So far, though, basic commands, like sit, stay, come, lay down, leave it, things like get out of the kitchen, time to go outside, do you want a biscuit/rawhide? time for bed, and also he apparently understood so help me, if you lay one more tooth on that couch, I'm going to string you up by your over-sized ears!
 

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Originally Posted By: KelliShaverhe apparently understood so help me, if you lay one more tooth on that couch, I'm going to string you up by your over-sized ears!
I'm with Eleanor on this one...


I can relate to that! I can't tell you how many times I was ready to throw Jersey off the balcony when she was a puppy. It's a good thing they're so darn cute.
 

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Shiloh knows cheese (her most favorite food in the world) and 'treat', probably because it sounds like 'cheese'.
She not only knows 'water' (as in do you need some?) but will slide her water dish around on the floor to call attention to the fact that it is empty, and follow me to the sink when I refill it!! She knows 'Mommy', 'Boy' (it's what we call my youngest son when we're speaking of him to Shiloh. Long story.) 'time for your medicine', 'ride in the car', 'go outside', 'go potty', Poe (our cat), 'time for nite-nite', oh, and 'sit' and 'stay'.
 
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