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Hi All,

My husband and I were just talking about how smart these pups are. Especially how funny it is which words Darcy KNOWS. So which words (outside of training words) does your dog know and can actually associate the words to the correct items/things/people?

Darcy knows:

Mommy, Daddy, Eat, Cookie, Hurry up, Brush your Teeth, Pee Pee, Kisses, Beddy, Walk, Ball, Do you wanna go, Go get your (insert word like ball, mommy, etc).


Kate, Darcy & Bailey's mom
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Bella knows Mum, Dad, Who is it? and Quiet time (personal favourite when it is time to be quiet and sleep!)

She is only 3 1/2 months old so I am sure that list will grow!

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Abe knows mom, dad,Cass or Shaun (the kids), bye bye, go, are you ready, go get a toy, sit, laydown, jump, and its bedtime.

He also knows the sounds of each of our vehicles.

The funniest of all is that I have a humidifer in the living room. We tried and tried to teach him to scratch to let us know he wants out(he scratches to let us know he wants back in, go figure). Well, of course Abe, had to do things his own way. So, he bumps the lid on the humidifer to signal to us that he wants out. We were amazed at him for doing this all on his own!! Now I will never be able to take it out of the room. LOL. H

He is very smart dog, but in typical Cairn style it is at his discretion which of these commands he will listen to, AND when he will listen to them.

Scruf, just seems content to go along with the flow of things. He recognizes commands, and will usually follow Abe, whatever he decides to do. SO, if Abe isn't in the mood to behave, well then, I have two to deal with. But, when I get on to Abe, he runs to hide beside the pillow on the couch or chair.......lol.....he is a pal until he gets into trouble, then he wants no part of getting fussed at.


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My favorite I ask "anybody hungry" and all three of mine will give me the head tilt as if to say you talking to me?

they know, "go for a ride", cookie, frisbee, ball, go outside, hurry up, where's daddy, are the boys home (they run upstairs to see), no, leave it, sit, down, stay, stand, off, get in here now (I think its more the tone), circle, go to your rooms (go to crates).

Theres more but all I can think of for now..


Rebel, Hammurabi, Sugar, Dirty Harry, Paint, Duncan and Saffron

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Savannah knows, "Want to eat?", "Want a bone?", "Need to potty?", "Go outside?", "Where's Daddy/Mommy?", "Want to walk?", "Get your toy", "Get in your bed.", kisses, no bite, get down. That is all I can think of right now. They pick up on so much!

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spelling O-U-T


hurry (used when going potty)


bouncy (Teona's ball)

ball (Tabby's ball)


Bad girl

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Lets see, the boys know

Do you want to 'eat'

Tostitos (my husbands doing)



Out-Front (front yard)

Out-Back (back yard)

Want to go for a Walk

Car Ride


This Way (use to follow me when on leash and not get tangled up on stuff)


Daddy's home



Where's Your Brother



Drop It


Bad Dog

Good Boy

Left (turn left)

Right (turn right)

Get Back (back up- I almost for that one)


Potty for Mommy (my pleading tone)

That's all I can think of right now.


Tracy, Amos, Walter, Brattwrust & Mettwurst a.k.a The Gremlins

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My pup knows:


This way

Are you hungry?





Want to go out to pee?

Time to go to bed

Rest (when I move my keys by accident and he's all ears)

Leave it


and our favorite phrase: "I-AM-GOING-TO-GET-YOU!!" and he runs like crazy!

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We all have smart dogs!!!! Mine know lots of words, but the most important two are "bye bye" (meaning they get to go on a car ride) and "eat", which of course means they get to eat! LOL!

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I've often wondered whether they know the actual words or how we say it :confused:

And sometimes I admit to using babytalk with my Cairns

"BaaBaa Dew".... a car ride

"Show Me"....I know you want dinner but show me where the food is

"It's a CAT"....attack the windows, the doors, the telephone :lol:

"Treat"....Something you get when you do what I want

"NightNight".....into your crates or, in Elliott's case, "GET IN THERE!!"

"What's THAT?"...usually a puddle of some kind

"Beauty"....when I go into the bathroom to apply makeup and/or do my hair...

they must follow if only to torment me during the process (Elliott likes my blush brush)

Then on a more normal note...Sit, Down, Leave it, Stay.

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Oh gosh, mine are right there w/ the rest of you as far as knowing many words. We laugh, because we now spell "treat", and they still go running to the cookie jar. :D We have to whisper our cat's names because they all bark in delight as if it's playtime w/ them. The word "get" gets the biggest reaction from them as they know I'm yelling at the kitten to get out of our formal living/dining room. Babygates don't work for cats. :whistle:

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Beth, mom to Ninja (5), Hannah (7), Abbey (7 1/2), Kiara (10)

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Dusty knows the usual, cookie, treat, brother etc. but the strangest one he learned was the radio code 10-8 (in service). As soon as he hears "dog team 10-8" he starts working. The first time he did it I almost started laughing too hard to work.

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Got one more to add. My DH enjoys a non-alcoholic brew every once in a while. And yes, if he doesn't want to put 2 bowls down and splash some in we have to spell B-E-E-R.

Actually, I had a Cairn, Shadow, who very much loved beer (the real stuff.) I found this out when he was a pup. I was sitting outside on sidewalk steps on a summer evening dishing with the neighbors and had a mug of beer beside me. Shadow was doing the usual Cairn puppy thing...trying to be everywhere all at once, but he was staying close enough. Suddenly I hear this "lap, lap, lap" and look over to see him drinking out of the beer mug. He always wanted some ever after that whenever I had any. He remained that way for the 15 years he and I shared together. :) (You definitely had to spell "beer" in front of him.)

Tara, Olie and Teddy's Mom

Max and Nelly

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