Alexandra asked in PetsDogs · 8 years ago

Do dogs know our names?

I've always wondered, I have 6 people in my house. Would the dogs know from the constant calling of my name from family and friends?

20 Answers

  • Jojo
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
    Favourite answer

    I definitely think they can know names of people if they are in regular contact with them and hear their name used often enough and combined with certain actions.

    If I say to my dog "where`s Rosco" (my other dog) he will go and look for him and vice versa.

    also one of my dogs can identify colours. They have 4 rubber tug toys all the same shape and size but different colours. Blue, Red, Yellow,and Green. I put them in line and ask my dog "Where is the Blue one? or where is the yellow one and 99% of the time he picks up the correct coloured one and brings it to me. This did take a bit of conditioning him to the various colours but it does show that he can identify one colour from another in objects that are the same shape and smell.

    I believe dogs are much more astute than we give them credit for.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    My dogs knows my sons name. I ask her to find Oskar and she runs to him. It's probably because he's only a toddler and I'm constantly saying his name, and were at home most of the day so she's hearing me call his name a lot :)

  • Wendy
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    Honestly, I've used names that I would name my children on animals before. I've had a cat named Alice and Alice has been my top name for a daughter for least 4 years now. So it really just doesn't bother me at all that you want to use your dogs name. Harry isn't a terrible name and it's not a dog name, so it's not "abuse" to name your son that if you really love it. If it was Rocket or Skipper I'd have a problem, but Harry is fine. It would be best to go with Harrison with the nickname of Harry so it isn't exactly the same as the dog. If you worry too much about it, tell people you named the dog after the baby and not the other way around. Or just use Harrison when people are around. If you do have other names that you would place above Harry, go ahead and consider using a different one. But if you're set on Harrison and both of you love it, use it and don't worry about it.

  • 4 years ago

    My Dogs Name

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  • 6 years ago

    My dog is two yrs old when I tell her Granny is comming she sits outside a waits.She knows my husbands name.And my mom dog name to so I think they understand.

  • 7 years ago

    There are smart dogs that have the mentality of a 5 year old child, German Shepherds. There are also dog morons. Any dog with average dog intelligence knows people's names, and a lot more.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    My dogs know my name. I.e I remember one time my mom asked them "Where's Angie" and they came running to my room. Also all I have to say is "Lets go outside" "Go in the box" "Get down" and they'll listen. One of my dogs even understands the term "Where's the food" because I left the pantry door open somewhat and asked her that and she nuzzled the door open with her snout. Personally I think dogs are way smarter than people perceive them to be.

  • 6 years ago

    Like people, I think some have more smarts than others. My little pup knows when I ask if the mailman has been here...she runs to the front door if so...and just sits if he hasn't been here yet. I wonder if she has a timer in her and knows when he comes...She can sure tell when its supper time, especially when I forget!

    Source(s): Observation of one little smart dog.
  • 4 years ago

    I know one of my dogs, a pit bull, will get toys based on their names. We bought 4 Talking Mobster Tough Guys Dog Toys that have voice chips which each say different things like "Are you tawkin' to me?"; "Forgetta 'bout it."; "How YOU doin'?" I began asking our dog to go get a toy and would repeat what that toy's voice chip said. If I asked him to go get "Forgetta 'bout it," he would go and get the toy that said "Forgetta 'bout it." He was able to do this for all of the toys. I assume he also knows my name and my wife's names too.

  • 7 years ago

    yes dog know our names if we are in regular contact of them and if we spend a lot of time with them.

  • 5 years ago

    yea for sure. I would call them the name you choose for them and do not call it by any other name because then they will not come to your desired name.

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