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(EurekAlert)   The smartest of dogs can learn a new word after four times. Even the dumbest of cats will take that time to laugh at the human   ( divider line
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385 clicks; posted to D'awww » on 26 Jan 2021 at 8:20 AM (11 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2021-01-26 8:38:41 AM  
My dog can do this.  When I get a new toy I show it to her and give it a new name.  We play with it 4-5 times then I start mixing it up with her older toys.

She does struggle a bit with long term memory, and I think maybe only identifies toys by name in specific contexts. She does categorize pretty well, and recognizes some things are "frisbees", others are "balls" and some frisbees have a specific name as well as a general one (all balls are just "ball")
2021-01-26 9:55:11 AM  
 We can't say the word ' chicken ' out loud in my household anymore.
2021-01-26 11:30:09 AM  
Blah, blah, blah, blah.
2021-01-26 1:00:26 PM  
If its a word that the doggie hears just once, but its associated with a strong impact  (good or bad)  he'll remember it.   Like a relative of mine who'd hurt himself on his thumb with a hammer (I know, cliche' cliche') and said 'G0dDmmit !' - doggie won't go near him if he hears that word
2021-01-26 2:10:21 PM  
Our dog quickly figured out that the cadence of S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G aloud is connected to desirable items, and it sends him into instant high alert/beseeching mode. Sigh.
2021-01-26 5:59:56 PM  
Meanwhile, most Boxers can't learn what a porcupine is after getting quilled 4 times...
2021-01-26 9:08:19 PM  
I accidentally taught my first smart dog "cookie" instead of "sit" because I would say, "Do you want a cookie? Sit!" and he decided that "cookie" was the command.

He was clever enough to wait for the next word when asked, "Do you want a ..." A bath got a closed mouth glare. Snacks got, "OMG YES!" responses.

/my current pair of dogs don't get it.
//I love my current pair, but I still miss that wonderful old dog.
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