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Your Dog Understands And Responds To 150 Words In The Human Language!

Did you know your dog can learn as many as 150 words? This is reason enough to teach your canine companion words beyond sit, stay, and come.

Your furry buddy’s willingness and ability to learn new words can also help with the training.

Chaser, the Smartest Dog in History

Among dogs, border collies are said to be the smartest. In fact, research conducted with several border collies found that the average dog can actually learn more than 400 different words! This is nothing.

The dog can also differentiate between several objects and fetch the RIGHT one on command. Chaser, a border collie, knows the names of 1022 objects and continues to add even more words to his vocabulary.

In the wake of above impressive result, 3 researchers aimed to determine how this word comprehension exercise could help with canine learning and training. They published a research article, Word Generalization by a Dog (Canis familiaris): Is Shape Important? where this topic was discussed.

‘Shape Bias’ and Learning of New Words

Humans learn new words by associating that word with an object. The shape of that object applies to other objects (that have the same shape). This means we tend to recognise that object based on their shape and not the size and texture.

So, does the same apply to your dog? Is he really responding to the shape of a chew toy as opposed to texture or size? The short answer is no. Ultimately, your dog will be attracted to an object that feels good in his mouth. This is why always replace your dog’s treasured toy with another exactly in the same size, texture and firmness.

How Can This Be Applied To Dog Training?

Both scent and sound are important factors when it comes to our dog’s training. This is why dog trainers and breeders utilise these factors in the form of treats and colorful objects. Yet sometimes this doesn’t have the desired effect!

If you find yourself confounded as to what should be done next after hitting a dead end (in training) or if your dog can’t get seem to associate the word or command with an object, sit back. Maybe your dog is responding to another aspect of the same situation?

He may have made an association; while not the desired one, may seem correct, based on sound or scent. You can try changing objects or location or you can adapt to the dog’s learning pattern.

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