Dogs as Eavesdroppers

How many words does your dog understand? Which words get a rise out of him?

The dogs in this video think they’re listening to phone conversations. Such bad manners!

Pets and phones: My cat Henry used to get frantic if I let the phone ring and didn’t answer it.

20 comments on “Dogs as Eavesdroppers

  1. Funny video. My dog also knew some of those words. And at times when he heard them, he would get really excited.

    1. My wife used to spell out the words that would excite her dog. I wonder if he would’ve barked if she spelled them wrong.

  2. Years ago, I had some employer provided training about dealing with dogs. One of the things they told us was that most dogs understood a number of words and that was useful if an aggressive dog was giving you trouble. Saying “go lay down” might be enough to do the trick.

    I once had a dog that loved to go for R-I-D-E-S, and I had to spell it out, until he caught on to the sound of the spelling. Treat and out are also very popular. My cat knows what outside means, and will meow and dance around, while I try to fit her harness, once she hears that word. Yesterday, I deliberately called her while it was raining, and raining hard. I opened the door, and she came as close as one could imagine to cursing. That was one ticked kitty.

    1. Growing up in Colorado, the weather was variable, in the extreme. There were four distinct seasons, and a reasonable likelihood that you could enjoy all four, within the span of 24 hours, during the winter months.

      My parents had a tomcat that would ask to be let outside, at the front door, and if the wind was blowing and there was snow, he would run to the back door, to see if the weather was more to his liking, there. Being that it was Colorado, and that there were 15-20 seconds in between the front and back doors … well, things changed fast in the Front Range, so maybe that cat wasn’t so crazy, after all. 🙂

    2. Yes, Henry did that, too–check the weather at both front and back doors. Somehow it always turned out to be disappointingly the same.

    3. I had an invitation to do that, once–“C’mon out here and work for us!” And I would’ve been fired before I had my stuff unpacked.

    4. This was Focus on the Family, 20+ years ago, an editor urged me to come out to Colorado and work for them. He was of a somewhat mercurial temperament: inside of two weeks later he was telling me to get lost. Glad I hadn’t started packing.

    5. A former employer had Focus On The Family as a client. They were mercurial, to the extreme. When they were courting them as a client, I was the first person to read the fax with the terms they imposed for doing business with them. I literally laughed at the contents, because it essentially said that 1) they were never wrong and 2) if they were wrong, see #1. If I had been the decision maker, I wouldn’t have ever called them back, but one of the powers that wuzz, saw them as a trophy client. (I say wuzz, because to the best of my knowledge, that company no longer exists. This was over 25 years ago.)

      In any event, they were far from my favorite client. As best I recall, it was pretty much a slow motion train wreck. I was squeezed out of the company, because I was not the same brand of Protestant as the powers that wuzz. That’s ok, the wages that employer paid were a MINOR FRACTION of what I make now.

    6. Wrong kind o’ Protestant–tut-tut! But there’s a lot of that going around.
      I don’t consider myself as having changed from what I was taught in Sunday school, etc. The church changed around me and has become unrecognizable.

    7. You are telling the story of my life. My beliefs have deepened over the years, but are totally aligned with what I believed when I was five years old. I belong to a denomination of one, and in many ways, I always have. I hated the pomposity and self-seriousness that I saw in the church my mother attended and do to this day.

    8. The church I grew up in was a wonderful church and they shouldn’t have changed it! I’m glad I was in it before they ruined it.

    9. When the new pastor told me “adultery is no big deal,” and not to take the Bible too seriously, that was that for me.

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