Tobi does recognize various words, yet I want to expand his vocabulary of different objects, whether they are his toys or other things. Nothing like "Tobi, bring me coffee to bed, will you" ;-)
Do you have suggestions/ideas on how to do it through play?

Thanks,
Simon
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Tobi does recognize various words, yet I want to expand his vocabulary of different objects, whether they are his toys or other things. Nothing like "Tobi, bring me coffee to bed, will you" ;-) Do you have suggestions/ideas on how to do it through play?

Not specific training methods as much as a daily learning experience through using verbal commands on our part. There are many many words our dogs recognize due to association and conditioned responses. They even recognize sublte body shifts of ours to mean something at times with unerring accuracy. I've never consciously thought about it except for one instance, and that one is when I ask "Who wants their daily beatings"?

That one results in 3 dogs running into the room where the cookies and treats are,turning themselves inside out,tails wagging and waiting for me to get in there and give them their "beatings" from the cookie jar.
Yes,believe it or not I actually had a good "scientific" reason for teaching that one but that's another story.

Terri

I used to like barbecue-flavored chips, but I have to stop liking them now because you're such a ***.
K.
"Who wants their daily beatings"? That one results in 3 dogs running into the room where the cookies and treats are,turning themselves inside out,tails wagging and waiting for me to get in there and give them their "beatings" from the cookie jar.

) Cute!
I am fond of asking "who's the worst puppy in the world? Who is simply dreadful???" In return for which I get big smiles, waggy tails, and however many puppy kisses I can handle.

Catherine
& Zoe & Queenie
"Who wants their daily beatings"? That one results in 3 dogs running into the room where the cookies and treats ... Yes,believe it or not I actually had a good "scientific" reason for teaching that one but that's another story. Terri

LOL!!
Our dogs have learned to cover their noses with their paws whenever we exclaim "Renee Zellweiger"!
It started out as a joke, because the actress is often photographed with a smile/grimace on her face that looks like she is saying "I smell poo!" Younger son kind of took it from there.
Aaahhh. The power of cheese. ;-)
Best regards,
Ana
http://bastardette.blogspot.com /
I've never consciously thought about it except for one instance, and that one is when I ask "Who wants their ... jar. Yes,believe it or not I actually had a good "scientific" reason for teaching that one but that's another story.

At my house..."Its Beat The Boxer Time!" that brings Fancy and Pip (when he's here) kidney-beaning to whoever said it. I don't know what it is but I've never met a Boxer who didn't thoroughly enjoy being spanked on the flanks. They'll get to wiggling and switching sides so no side is left unspanked. It always gets raised eyebrows and "should I call AC on these people" looks.
Fancy also blows snot all over anyone who tells her they're having Boxer Burgers for dinner. She'll look the person straight in the eye and blow snot in a short but forceful hmph!

Tara
BTW, to the OP, I didn't consciously teach these phrases. The spanking started when my husband was playing with Fancy one day and he started spanking her on the flank (not hard or with mean intentions). He stopped only to have her turn around and paw at his hand repeatedly. He did it to her again and she started wiggling. That's how we knew she liked that game so we'd say "Beat the Boxer" or "Spank that Hiney" (its always embarrassing to put these things in print). It didn't take her long to associate those two phrases, particularly the first, with that game.

The Boxer Burger started when I used to have fosters and would get annoyed with them. I'd "grr" and threaten to make Boxer Burgers out of them if they didn't behave. I think my tone of voice indicated that I wasn't best pleased but there was never a consequence. So Fancy, I assume, figured out that Boxer Burgers means she's kinda in trouble but not really and she doesn't appreciate anyone being put out with her. Hence the wet hmph!

Tara
"Who wants their daily beatings"? That one results in 3 dogs running into the room where the cookies and treats ... Yes,believe it or not I actually had a good "scientific" reason for teaching that one but that's another story. Terri

LOL!!
Our dogs have learned to cover their noses with their paws whenever we exclaim "Renee Zellweiger"!
It started out as a joke, because the actress is often photographed with a smile/grimace on her face that looks like she is saying "I smell poo!" Younger son kind of took it from there.
Aaahhh. The power of cheese. ;-)
Best regards,
Ana
http://bastardette.blogspot.com /
so we'd say "Beat the Boxer" or "Spank that Hiney" (its always embarrassing to put these things in print)

But I'm always glad when people do! Thanks for the laugh.

Catherine
& Zoe & Queenie
Love to hear it
David
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