My last dog, Shadow, was great around the house.
As a hound mix, she cared more about her nose than anything else. So we could talk about her right in front of her face and she’d pay no attention to us.
That’s not true with Honey.
She hears everything we say. And she responds.
If we don’t want to disturb her or get her excited, we have to speak in code.
Spelling Around the Dog
Here are just a few of the words we have to spell or otherwise disguise to keep from getting a reaction from Honey.
Honey becomes H-Boo or lil blond girl
Walk becomes perambulation, constitutional, stroll, or W-A-L-K
Dinner becomes your food toy
Diana (her favorite friend) becomes your favorite friend
Ball becomes orb or sphere
Stick becomes branch
Treat becomes T-R-E-A-T
Riley (the Golden Retriever two doors down) becomes your boyfriend
Oh, and if I put my hand in my pocket, she instantly sits. Funny how carrying liver treats in your pocket much of the time will do that for a dog.
I’m not sure what’s better: a dog who ignores you or one who hears everything you say. But the dog who hears everything will likely boost your vocabulary.
Gotta go. The canines are ready for their promenade.
What phrases and gestures get your dog excited? Do you use them to stir things up? Or do you spell and use code words too?
Disclosure: While procrastinating in the middle of writing this post, I hopped over to Heart Like a Dog and found my friend Jodi wrote about her dog Sampson’s ability to not only understand words, but syllables. I find it fun that we’re on the same wave length. I hope she does too.