I used to think I had a big vocabulary. But then I got a smart dog. Now it’s downright robust.
You see, if I try to make plans with my husband to prepare her meal for a certain time, Honey gets ideas. Which means she starts barking for dinner after hearing the f-word—food.
Some people try spelling. But Honey can spell too. So now we just mix up the words we use to keep her off-balance.
Instead of talking about making Honey’s food, we prepare her
Instead of planning to take Honey for a walk, we take a
Instead of preparing to go on a trip, we take
Instead of asking if we should take Honey out to play some ball, we refer to her
- rolling object
But I suspect Honey is catching on. Her vocabulary is growing too. Pretty soon, we’ll have to whisper about her speise (German), cibus (Latin), and comida (Spanish).
With such a smart dog in the house, it’s pretty tough to stay ignorant.
Your Turn: Obviously your dog responds to certain words. How do you talk about these things without getting him overly excited?