Now and then the press reports such accomplishments of a dog that he can understand a certain number of words or commands; the number may be placed as high as three hundred. We are not inclined to doubt the possibility. The length of the list is conditioned almost wholly upon the effort and enthusiasm of the trainer or master.
We present the following words as the ten best-known words to the dog: 1. hush; 2. eat; 3. siccem (or go get ’em); 4. no; 5. get away; 6. here (or come); 7. down; 8. stop; 9. that’s the boy (or nice doggie, or good old boy); 10. stay there.
When leaving your dog at a boarding place or in other hands temporarily, it is well to write out a list of the common words or commands the dog has been taught. This is handy for the new keeper and lessens the homesickness of the dog.
We give herewith a list, not complete by any means, of the common words or commands our doberman General has been taught, without effort, and simply by repeating them as opportunity offered.
OVER-get on the right side. BACK–stay back. STOP. GO–to leave the curb and cross to the other side of the street.
NO-stops doing whatever he is doing or about to do. COME–this. NO. end the CALLING OF HIS NAME are the most used commands. SIT–on haunches. DOWNlie down where he is.
GO TO BED-get “out of the way” and lie down. EAT-gets excited: runs toward food dish. ARE YOU HUNGRY?-same effect as eat. DRINK-goes to water pan.
KITTY-informs him of near presence of felines. RAT–runs to a hole or opening and smells for prey. WHERE’S THE DOGGIE?–looks for another dog nearby.
FETCH-brings any small object that is near at hand. FETCH-SHOE, slipper (distinguishes between shoe and slipper); paper, ball, bone. leash.
LEASH-fetch leash; we’re going out. WHERE’S DUCHESS?-a cocker spaniel. WHERE’S BUSTER?-a neighboring dog.
BACK-stop and come away. HEEL–walk on left side with head even with my leg. SPEAK-he barks; LOUDER-barks again; AGAIN-barks again (these three commands in succession at slight intervals). AUTOMOBILE-runs to auto and awaits command to leap in.
OUT-when he has done something he should not have done and he is commanded to move away or leave the room.
WELL, LET’S GO OUT AND FIND A RABBIT-he Is going to be taken out. This is spoken as intimate conversation. Once master and dog achieve the “full understanding,” there can be much conversation, one-sided, and the dog understands.
FROG-a plaything of his: when frog is mentioned he selects it, tho a ball, bone, shoe or other objects he knows separately is lying by the side of the frog. GENERAL-is his name. It it is spoken pleasantly, he comes with “chin up”; if it Is spoken roughly, he comes dejected, awaiting reprimand.
HAMBURGER–runs to the door of the meat market and awaits his package of hamburger, which he then carries proudly back to his quarters.
‘WAY–contraction for away–meaning that he must stop what he is doing and move away from the scene.
THAT’S THE BOY I–praise for him. BRUSH-he is about to be groomed or cleaned; he enjoys the sensation and comes “laughing.”
VASELINE-comes to me, and I rub vaseline about his mouth; he licks it off with delight. By the way, vaseline is a safe, sure, highly desirable laxative.
OUTSIDE-he goes outdoors to relieve himself. UP–get up: move away, or, we are going. STAY THERE he lies in one spot, or remains on the spot until I come back or call him away. DROP-he releases hold on something carried in mouth and places it down or permits it to be taken out of the mouth. WHAT’S THAT? gets up, looks around, goes to door or window.
SIGNAL OR MOTION COMMANDS-Pointing in certain direction. with upraised arm–go in that direction (usually waits for this signal at fork or turn).Motion of arm, hand or even finger in a movement toward the body-to come to me. Rapping on window comes to the door to be let in from his run outdoors. Pointing down stiffly-to come to the spot and lie down.