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Dog Behavior: Do Dogs Really Understand Words and Language?

Dogs Have an Amazing Sense of Smell, But Do They Understand Our Words? Does Your Dog Really Know What "Sit!" Means? “Most scientists who talk about dogs have their scientist hat and their dumb hat,” says Gustavo Aguirre, a veterinary ophthalmologist ... “And whenever they start talking about dogs, they put on their dumb hat. They say things that as scientists they have to know can’t possibly be right.” (“The Truth About Dogs,” Stephen Budiansky, The Atlantic Monthly, July, 1999.) Bacon Strips v. Beggin’ Strips One of the most common myths about dogs is that they have linguistic abilities that, in some ways, make them “smarter” than three-year olds. In his 1993 book The Intelligence of Dogs S

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