Sit, Stay, Heel

I was once told dogs can understand over two dozen words, which got me thinking, what are some of the words that Harry understands? So I’ve put together a list of words Harry seems to recognise…

  • Food – He’d personally love it if this was the only word I ever said.
  • Mat – The thing I tell him to sit on when he’s bothering me while I’m trying to cook the above word.
  • Walkies – Something we (myself and Harry) hardly ever do these day due to the fact he likes to walk me and dislocate my shoulder.
  • Outside – The cold world. Outside is somewhere he’d rather not be.
  • Couch – The warm world. A place he’d like to never move from.
  • Gwammy – My grandmother. The person who brings him yummy treats and me warm hand-knitted scarfs.
  • Din-din – That fantastic time of the day when he gets food, streamers fall, balloons appear and the whole world has a parade at this time of day. It’s din-din time.
  • Stinky – His nickname.
  • Cat – That thing that gets to sleep on couch and seems to be given food 50 times a day. To be avoided at all cost. Has sharp claws that have been known to nearly take out an eye.
  • Wheres-ya-ball – Said very quickly to hype him up. A ball hunt begins shortly after this word is said.
  • Boozy – His other nickname, normally said whenever he does that “I didn’t do it” face.
  • Bath – Something that is hardly ever done, as he is not fond of baths.

I’d like to note that there is no ‘sit, stay, heel’ or any other normal doggy words in there, he understands them alright, he just doesn’t want to do them, especially the ‘heel’ one. When I have a moment of insanity, forget the past shoulder injuries, and we do go on ‘walkies’, he seems to think ‘heel’ means “Yes, go piss on that tree, and that lamppost, and that other tree, and that letter box… Hell, piss on everything if you please.”

22 Comments on “Sit, Stay, Heel”

  1. I’ve tried fetch before, “fetch my shoes”, “fetch me a blanket”, “fetch me a can of coke” and every time he give me a ‘get it your bloody self’ look.


  2. I had a girlfriend who had a similar list for me… lol…

    I wont divulge but it got a bit annoying… ๐Ÿ™‚

    *peeks out from behind the sofa, “is the subway fiasco over?”*


  3. My doggy recognizes treat, walk, stay, Torque, bite Adam (I am proud to say I taught her that myself:)), eat, outside, and a few other I can’t think of right now. When I tried to teach her how to fetch, I threw her a stick, which she picked up and wouldn’t give back, so I gave up at fetch ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    BTW, my dog’s cuter :p

    ..:: Danny’s Widdle Girl ::..


  4. the bbc had a news item ( go here: ) saying that the average dog can understand around 200 words.
    but i dont know if thats single words like food and walkies or a full scentence i.e. ‘dog, go and find your ball’


    i have not said anything for a while


  5. you have to get a towel and spray it with something tasty and get him to fetch that. reward him with treats once he does. then you tie that towel to the fridge door. soon he’ll learn to open the fridge, but don’t reward him till he starts bringing you cokes. when he finally does do it you’ll be so excited he’ll love doing it. and Harry looks adorable. Doesn’t ella have a dog named harry too?


  6. Daniel, awww she is cute. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Stu, that is kind of wrong.

    JJ, spary it with something nice? Hmm, like ‘doggy treat in a can’. Yes, Ella does have a dog named Harry.


  7. Your dog is really cool ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a blind dog without a tail ๐Ÿ™‚ (not our fault ;)) and he doesn’t listen at any of the words ๐Ÿ˜› He’s just lazy.


  8. whoops, sorry guys, i got carried away, me and my big mouth, i am gunna go sit in my basket and howel all night


  9. My CATS know “go inside” “kiiities (in high pitchevoice)” “can you dance ?(and he spins around infront of my feet)” ofcourse they all understand their name and respond to them, “shall we have a little talk? (and he starts answering me”


  10. daniel your dog is cute, but I must say I strongly disagree with you 10 useless things list. the word but can be great. I was gonna give you a speeding ticket, but you can go with a warning. You tested postive for hiv, but it was all a mistake.

    kitta I don’t know what harry likes. I know my dog used to love peanut butter.


  11. When it comes down to it, the only annoying thing about Harry is that he won’t eat my pussy. Even when I put Pal on it..still nup! Oh well.

    [Edit] Wow, so funny. You’ve been banned for being such a wanker mate. [/Edit]


  12. “When it comes down to it, the only annoying thing about Harry is that he won’t eat my pussy.”

    Is it just me, or did that sound REALLY weird comin from you? :p

    And jay jay, I have had bad experiences with the word but, so it is really just a personal opinion ๐Ÿ˜‰ And since I am a virgin, and cannot drive yet (legally), I don’t think I will have such luck soon.


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  14. Hi kitta, Just got back from my trip and had a chance to catch up what been going on. Watch out that dog look like a born killer. I bet if anyone enters your home he would rip them apart ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰ what type of dog is he and how old is he. He looks like the type like my cat. A bird was at the bird feeder, and my cat jump up at the open scren window and eyeball him and then hissssssss at him! then the bird must had eought and pick at the screen and pepper ( my cats name) went running to his cat cubby hole and hide.

    Dan M Salem, Ma


  15. “[Edit] Wow, so funny. You’ve been banned for being such a wanker mate. [/Edit]”

    Phew! You really gotta do something to prevent people from usin’ your name. Someone could TOTALLY twist your (public) image! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ


  16. my golden retriever (deceased sadly) used to answer to “bounce” – he’d go get his ball and start throwing it around.

    my mums cat is smarter, you can fully have conversations with him provided your fluent in “meow” language.


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