Understanding Dogs. I once had a dog owner tell me that she had taught her dog over 100 words and that the dog fully understand the meaning of each word. A little later when I asked her why she didn’t let her dog run off-leash in a dog park, she told me because he wouldn’t come when he was called. It seemed strange to me that not one of those 100 words was the word “Come!”
But it did get me to wondering just what does go on in our dog’s heads? Do they understand our words or just the emotions they sense accompanying the words. Is it as the cartoon says – all they hear is Blah Blah Blah Blah Treat or Blah Blah Blah Blah Walk?
I suspect there is more to the dog brain than that but I don’t know for sure. That is why I am planning to attend the talk being given by Dr Stanley Coren in Victoria on November 6. The title of his presentation is “The key to Understanding Dogs” and Dr Coren plans to address such topics as: Just how intelligent are dogs? Do dogs dream? And the one that I am most interested in – How much language does a dog understand? (more…)