Honor where honor is due!
Years ago I read in a Smithsonian Magazine article that back in time when humans hunted with dogs, in packs, a form of visual communication developed between them. Later on I learned that dogs can learn up to 2,000 words, which is more than a lot of humans I know! Two thousand words are large vocabulary for our four legged hunting companions.
I’ve tested my dogs. as to how well they understand me. My brindled boxer, Lola, was hanging around the kitchen while I cooked. I asked her if she wanted some. She moved her stubby tail. I then asked if moving her tail meant yes. She then turned around and moved her tail some more!!! The wanted to make sure I understood that she wanted some of what I was cooking.
Another example is Chary. I adopted her when she was about eleven years old. Knowing, by then, that dogs can communicate if you pay attention, one of the first things I did once Chary was with was test her language skill. I asked he if she knew what chicken is. She barked while straight at me. Sweet babies. They give so much.
My Shih-Tzu Chary, was 11 when she joined our family. Testing her language skills I asked her if she knew what chicken is. She barked her response. We now have long conversations. I sometimes wonder if they sometimes pick up images from our minds. Remain loyal to these very loyal friends. They love deeply.