Rumor has it that dogs can understand German better than other languages. Yet, all over the world, dogs are trained and raised to understand the dialects of various regions. Your pup does not have a […]
Rumor has it that dogs can understand German better than other languages. Yet, all over the world, dogs are trained and raised to understand the dialects of various regions.
Your pup does not have a favorite language per se. But he has a penchant for learning short-lettered words through what is called word association. We’ll explain more.
Dogs can learn any language
Your doggo can learn a word or two in French, German, English, Portuguese, or Tagalog. But dogs do not learn languages through reading or writing (though some dogs have tried). They associate those words with an action they are taught.
For example, a dog would associate the word sit with the action of sitting down. In German, a word like Sitz will invoke the same response. These actions are slowly engraved into the dog through conditioned learning.
Some dogs can learn complex words
A dog’s IQ determines how well they learn a language. While some dogs memorize at most 5 words, other dogs like the Border Collie Chihuahua mix can memorize up to 1000 words.
Also, some dogs can understand complex words more than others. In training, most dogs learn short words like sit, stay, come, or heel. A canine with a high IQ can understand complex phrases like ‘Let us go walkies’ or ‘Go get me a beer’. But there is a catch here as too.
The dog is not understanding all the words in the phrase. But he is associating the sound of that phrase with an action he learned.