Dogs Understand Human Language

Well, duh:

WASHINGTON (AP) – As many a dog owner will attest, our furry friends are listening. Now, for the doubters, there is scientific proof they understand much of what they hear.

German researchers have found a border collie named Rico who understands more than 200 words and can learn new ones as quickly as many children.

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The researchers found that Rico knows the names of dozens of play toys and can find the one called for by his owner. That is a vocabulary size about the same as apes, dolphins and parrots trained to understand words, the researchers say.

Our little dog, Murphy, is pretty sharp, and Gretel, the German Shepherd/Yellow Lab mix, is very intelligent, too. For example, say, “Excuse me,” and they immediately move out of the way.

Now, Belle, the Black Lab/Springer Spaniel mix, has discovered the advantages of playing dumb. That gives her freedom to do what she wants while she pretends not to understand.

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