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    Yeah. Nellie greets with an "ow row row row row" when I get home, or if I walk into a room shes in and I haven't seen her in a whiile, she always flops onto her back, says OW ROWROWROWROW and thumps her tail

    And biscuit makes this weird sound while handing out treats, if the other dogs get theirs before her she makes this sound that sounds JUST like a tea kettle, I'm trying desperately to get it on camera its such a strange sound.

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    Re: Dogs That Talk

    HyperFerret..those are called submissive grins. I think they're cute as hell.
    Cracker is certainly vocal and I can tell the difference between her "I'm not sure" howl/bark and her "oh it's so and so who i really like" howl/bark but she's not a talker perse.
    But my old cat, Oscar (RIP) and I used to have detailed conversations. He was a hoot. I like to think he understood my attempts at cat language, he certainly replied back.
    I find my German Shepherds to be the best conversationalists of all the dogs I work with, the beagles come in second.
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    Esther is much less vocal than Molly. She barks (and it's a mighty bark) if she perceives a serious threat to the castle (squirrel or sparrow, for example) but is otherwise pretty quiet.

    The day we brought Molly home, though, Esther came to me with an urgent concern, which she expressed in the manner of someone whose mouth is full of marbles. Because I could not understand her, I ignored her. Big mistake. In retrospect, I believe what she was saying was something like, "Listen, stupid. Despite what the previous owner told you, this pup is NOT housebroken and she's getting ready to crap on the new sofa."

    Damned if she wasn't right.
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    Cracker and HyperFerret, my friend has a dog that also does that. She does it to me and my friend's aunt and that is it! She is so funny, she will get right up in your face and smile like that. She is a small, chubby, senior terrier mix named Candy.

    Iorek talks A LOT! I ask him to "tell me stories" and he will go on and on. We are still working on that command but the first time he did it right on command was Christmas day when we (my husband's family and my husband and I) were all in the dining room on the computer on Skype with my husband's brother and his family. My DH's brother was asking about Iorek and I told him to tell stories and he did. It was the cutest thing! He makes the funniest noises. I love it. Now when I ask him to tell stories the first thing that he does is open his mouth wide and move his head around and then I will get a little "a-rooooo" and then more when I talk back.

    Brom will also talk when he is super excited. When we are getting ready to go for a walk he will start making funny noises. Then I tell him that he has to tell daddy what he wants and my husband will pretend that he is sleeping on the couch. Brom gets really vocal then and runs over to get my husband off the couch. So cute!

    Iorek will also communicate with us very clearly about things that he wants. Like he will look me right in the eye and then he will deliberately walk to his food container and look at me and then over to his crate and then stare me in the eye again. He does this with other things that he wants too. He is very good at pointing out what he wants. Smart boy!
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    Poca does the same thing Molly does. Goes like this:

    1st time: "Awr-rum-rum-rum-rum-rum-rum-rum"

    Me: Silent. Trying not to giggle.

    2nd time: "AWR-RUM-RUM-RUM-RUM-RUM-RUM-RUM!!!"

    Me: "Errrrphhhh!!" (After being nose-punched for not paying attention.)

    Then I start talking back. It goes like this:

    Me: "Awr-roo-roo-roo-roo-roo-roo-roo."
    Poca: "Awr-rum-rum-rum-rum-rum-rum."
    Me: "Awr-roo-roo-roo-roo-roo-roo-roo."
    Poca: "Awr-rum-rum-rum-rum-rum-rum."
    Me: "Awr-roo-roo-roo-roo-roo-roo-roo."
    Poca: "Awr-rum-rum-rum-rum-rum-rum."
    Me: "Errrrphhhh!!!"

    I dunno, but I think she's trying to tell me something....

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    Re: Dogs That Talk

    Do dogs "understand" us when we "talk back" to them?

    We know barking and vocalizing is some kind of communication. They are trying to express SOMETHING to us or about what they are seeing and feeling.

    So when we "talk back" like what winnie shared of her 'conversation', I wonder what the dog is thinking we are trying to say?

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    Re: Dogs That Talk

    I had a heeler mix who was very talkative, she wasn't much of a barker but did the "arroo roo roo" at guests she was familiar with. If you talked back to her she would continue to do it. I miss that dog :] she was so funny

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    Willow can be vocal, but is very choosey as to when she is.

    I've trained her to howl when I do (), but it takes me at least thirty seconds or so of howling at her to get her to even grumble. XD

    She is very vocal when there is someone near the property or someone she doesn't approve of coming into the house.

    One time I was busy sitting and doing something, and she wanted to go in my lap, and when I ignored her staring pleas she started to go, "Ooowww-rawr-rawr-rraaawwwwrr!" at me. I was so surprised because she rarely "talks" to me unless she really really feels necessary!

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    Oh my gosh. We had a dog that was a lab/collie or GSD/lab/collie when I was growing up. Sandy would talk to me like OP's dog. I would ask her a question and she would make noises like that. She would also bare her teeth in a smile. I've never seen a dog bare teeth in a non aggressive way like she used to. We had to rehome her to my grandfather's house because we moved to town. At his place she had free range of five acres. She is still alive and kicking, albeit a little slower these days.

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    Re: Dogs That Talk

    Our dalmatian talks. In fact, he's never quiet. He's either muttering to himself, muttering to me, crying because the cat won't let him eat her, crying because the other dog got something he didn't, crying because he thinks the other dog is lying in the better bed, and on it goes. He even talks in his sleep. Other people think it's cute. We find it overwhelming.

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