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How Many Languages Does Your Pet Know?

Did you know German is often used to teach police and service dogs to be “ein guter Hund” (a good dog)? While North's knowledge of that language stops with "nein," I've been known to coo words at him in different dialects from time to time (gotta put those years of study to use somewhere). Whether it's a bilingual household or just a couple phrases here and there, excluding that unspoken animal language (and the language of love), how many total tongues do your pets hear at home?


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shoecraze shoecraze 8 years
Both my dogs understand english, spanish and french. Add that to their own language, that makes 4! Living in a bilingual city (montreal) and my mothertongue being spanish, my pups must be confused at times :)
beram1220 beram1220 8 years
My boyfriend's parents are Russian and even though they speak english, they have full conversations with my dog in Russian and he totally understands all the English commands in Russian. He understands the language better than I do!
starofsorrow starofsorrow 8 years
English and American Sign Language! I'm deaf, so my dogs tend to know some basic signs!
esmerb esmerb 8 years
English and Spanish
hjcseven hjcseven 8 years
my boyfriend and i are both classics majors, so our schnoodle puppy knows all his commands in latin! for example, sede is the imperative of sit, iace to lie down, and salve, which means greetings!, gets him to shake hands/paws with you haha but he gets plenty of "give me kisses!" and "i love you little pup!!" in english as well
aka-emilicious aka-emilicious 8 years
My dog likes to talk to us. So two? English and her own personal language.
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
Susanna--that's clever! I also didn't know that there were so many German-speaking dogs!
Susanna Susanna 8 years
English, Mandarin and German! He knows different commands in different languages -- for example "up" in English means to jump up, while in German it means for him to go upstairs.
stefd123 stefd123 8 years
I sometimes call my dog 'mi perrita bonita' (my pretty puppy) in Spanish...I guess that counts as two languages?
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
I don't have a dog right now but when I get one he's going to speak German! I always talk to dogs in German...
minhoca minhoca 8 years
bailey's pretty bilingual! his portuguese vocabulary: barriga (belly), cabeca (head), vem ca (come here), sai dai (get outta there), faz um caca (make a poop), sai fora (go outside). for some reason though, he only knows "pee" in english, not portuguese.
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