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Do you think dogs can tell the difference in Languages? For example I speak to my dog in English, but my lady speaks to him in Spanish.

Does he know which is which?

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I believe its all in the tone of your voice, hand signals and body language.

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no they have no concept of language

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D0NT CRUSH MY DREAMS!
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Yes they can understand language dialect. ie: German Shepard's know commands in German for training and the rest of the commands are English or whatever country your living in.
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they can't :( then that enplanes why my dog looked confused when I talked to her in Tagalog....
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Yes Sir YOUR dog in actually a secret translator dog that travels around the world gathering information...
one day he will return to his home planet and tell them what he has learned then take over the earth

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I know, I know....I found my dog's little green man costume.
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O.o
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They have to....their penmanship is terrible.

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He dorsnt

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Dogs can and do understand languages. I speak/train my dig in English and he responds. You do the same dr your dog in Spanish. A good probability neither if the two will respond as wanted due to the "language" difference.

There are service dogs that are trained in an unusual way. The owner has their name for the dog but if it encounters others they are told its a different name. The owners name for the dog goes had and hand with training. Therefor if he/she give a certain command they respond differently. If the "visitor" commands the dog to do something it will envy differently. Wether it's verbal, language based or even hand signals, dogs can and will always communicate the same way we do but our words are their barks, tail was and ear flips or any other body movement. It's all communication.

The psychology of dog and human.

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I know a woman who owned a dog that had belonged to her deceased Russian uncle. The dog could understand commands and words in English but not in Russian. To demonstrate she asked the dog if he'd like to go for a walk. The dog ignored her. She asked again in Russian and it became excited.

On the other hand my dog is so mart that even if we spell W-A-L-K she understands. I guess it depends on the dog.

I used the idea of the Russian dog in one of my Tall Tales columns for a suburban newspaper. It's only a couple of hundred words long if you want to read it. It's called Gorky Bark.

http://users.tpg.com.au/adslpu7j/tt/gorkybark.html

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If a dog can learn commands in English then I would think it the same with any language. It however won't know it's understanding English or Spanish. It just knows it's understanding the command given to it, not what language it's in.

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Studies have shown that dogs learn verbal commands in German and Dutch better than English because of how the sounds and syllables work together. They are much more distinct and less confusing than English. Police dogs in america are trained with Dutch or German commands.

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Very true! Distinctive sounding commands set those trained dogs apart.
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I think you are giving your dog emotional problems different tones for different languages

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I can guarantee you that dog knows the word 'treat' in which ever language it is spoken. :)
Dogs are smart animals and learn fast if trained according to their pack rules.
They know the key words.
'walkies?' 'sit' 'stay' 'no' etc,...
It's the other stuff we throw in they don't get.
"Do you want to 'go' out?"
Go is the word they are gonna pick up on. (Tho my pom picks it up on 'want' out of habit.)
Tone and body language figure in but again only if it is directed to the animal in the form of the dog pack.


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Dogs respond to the tone of your voice, not the language. As for words themselves, somewhat. They learn to associate the sound of certain words with a result.

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Only by tone, not language.

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