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Paddy knew exactly what that phrase meant. He knew it meant ------- ; that length of time until we did something together. Seven dashes worth.

Seamus and Flynn? "Now? Now?!? How 'bout NOW! *hop hop hop* Now?"

Hmmm... somewhere along the line I guess I failed in Lab Vocab lessons with these two.

*sigh*

Okay... now!

:)
 

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The Lab vocabulary is a difficult one to learn. However, Rush knows what.. you have to wait.. means and tho she isn't good at waiting she knows that whatever she wants isn't going to happen yet. Don't you just love them!!:)
 

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I knew you guys would "get" this post.
My guys know "after school", "in a while", "be right back"
And they know the length of time each phrase means.
I guess "In a minute" was just unique to Pad's dictionary.

And that is fine by me. : -)
 

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Awwwww Paddy, such a smart one! :)
My guys know "after school", "in a while", "be right back"
HA! I thought I was the only one who talked to them like that. I always say "be right back" or "going to the store". :D
 

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Lab Vocab. Oh, that's wonderful.

I'm careful NOT to say to Wes STAY, when leaving for work etc., not wanting him to be in suspended animation that whole time or, more likely, get confused over what STAY means and therefore spoil it.

So I've taken to telling him, "You can't come, bud."

At which point, I get the sorry-eyes, the heavy-sigh. And he shuffles off to the sunny square in the living room, as if to say, "Okay, FINE. IF you're going to abandon me all day long, it may as well not be a TOTAL loss and so... it's naptime."

As you can tell, Wesley has a pretty extensive Lab Vocab himself.
 

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I think we all talk to them like that. Mine know "hold on a minute" and when we go for a walk, Willy likes to take point position. Sometimes I say "wait for mom" and he stops and waits for me. They know "time to go" and "no more or all gone" when getting treats. Somewhere I heard once that a dog can have a 900 word vocabulary. I certainly believe that.
 

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I think we all talk to them like that. Mine know "hold on a minute" and when we go for a walk, Willy likes to take point position. Sometimes I say "wait for mom" and he stops and waits for me. They know "time to go" and "no more or all gone" when getting treats. Somewhere I heard once that a dog can have a 900 word vocabulary. I certainly believe that.
I believe that also. I talk to my dogs all the time and they really do seem to understand, now whether or not they WANT to behave or not, is another question! :)
 

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this thread makes me smile.

Yeps, I do the same
"soon" "just-a"<---that one means really, really soon

"small work" "long work"

and..."five car rest" which means she can lay on the grass until 5 cars pass our house. LOL
 

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The boys understand "It's NOT TIME YET!" when they are bugging for dinner or beans. They'll usually lay down and wait until one of us looks like we might be moving towards the kitchen.

When they are being left, as soon as they see the Kongs come out of the freezer they literally run to their crates and are content to stay until we come home.

When they are bugging to go out, a "hang on a minute" will get several minutes of peace if they just want to go niff, but if they really have to potty, you get about 30 seconds.
 

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Hmmm.... I think my dogs must have flunked Language in Lab School.

They may understand the phrase "It's not time (sometimes with an added dammit)" in relation to dinner or breakfast. But they will not leave me alone until I march into the kitchen, grab the measuring scoops, and hold them up while saying "NO! NOT TIME!"

Apparently my dogs also need visual aids. =)
 

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Hmmm.... I think my dogs must have flunked Language in Lab School.

They may understand the phrase "It's not time (sometimes with an added dammit)" in relation to dinner or breakfast. But they will not leave me alone until I march into the kitchen, grab the measuring scoops, and hold them up while saying "NO! NOT TIME!"

Apparently my dogs also need visual aids. =)
You teach your LAbs swear words :eek:
 
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