Vocabulary Test

We were out for our afternoon stroll and saw a word we often hear but don’t really understand. Can you help us with our vocabulary test?

Look. That's the word Hu-Dad says.
Look. That’s the word Hu-Dad says.

Dr. Stanley Coren, a psychologist who has studied canine intelligence, says the average dog understands 165 words. The brightest know 250. We know all the important ones making Hu-Dad spell certain words when we are close. But this one word has us very stumped.

Does anybody know what this means?
Does anybody know what this means?

Hu-Dad says this often. We’re racing through the house and jumping off the furniture and he says it. We’re howling when he is on the phone and he says it. We drag him after a squirrel and he says it.

Obviously a reward word when we are having fun.
Obviously a reward word when we are having fun.

Never mind. We’ve got it. It means “Good dog. Do that again.”

See how smart we are!


  1. Susan on June 25, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    I feel so ridiculous when I have to spell words in front of dogs!

  2. tammy j on June 25, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    i’m late getting here today but it was worth it! LOLOL!
    i’ll never look at a stop sign again without thinking of its TRUE meaning! xoxo

  3. May & Shyuki on June 25, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you! Thank you! Love this LOL post this morning! Made me laugh so hard! Now each time I see the word “STOP” it means ‘Good dog/human! Do it again’

  4. Padma Bending on June 25, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Thank you for making me giggle this morning.

  5. Terry+Rory on June 25, 2020 at 11:39 am

    In the famous words of
    Yukon Cornelius;
    LIKE THIS” ….
    then you have to demonstrate,
    while they all jump onto the sled!! 😉

  6. Juno's mom on June 25, 2020 at 9:26 am

    They are masters at ignoring us.

  7. Jean B Burkhardt on June 25, 2020 at 7:22 am

    Sorry Hu-Dad-I was laughing so HARD at the post-especially the end when STOP means good dog-lol

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