If I could talk to the animals

The kids and I have been reading Doctor Dolittle, one of my all time favourite books, and we’ve been wishing we could talk to the animals.

Never mind! Some animals can understand a bit of what we are saying, even if they can’t quite get the words out to answer back (except the occasional talented parrot). Apparently dogs are up there with your average 3 year old when it comes to understanding language (with the ability to comprehend over 100 words).

I have no doubt it’s true.

 

 

 

 

 

My dogs Jazz and Sheba will cock a head, shift ears or raise eyebrows on hearing the following words (sometimes they will even follow an order 😉 ):

dinner
food
treat
chicken
pigs ears
cheese
dumbass
smackos
walkies
sit
stay
on your mat
come
here
heel
woopsy
fetch
drop
leave it
bath time
stinky bum
fluff buckets
tennis ball
ball
play ball
wee wees
water
blanky
Jazz
Sheba
dumb and dumber
howooooool
leave the #*# kangaroos alone!
you want a smack on your furry ass!

etc.,

 

 

 

 

 

Can your dog or cat understand what the hell you are talking about?