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Mark
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Jan 17, 2018 at 12:14
• Mark
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Can your terrier spell? Vote for this post

Among all the Westies and Cairns we've had over the last 38 years, Emmy is probably the most keyed into what we say throughout the day. Mention a word like "treat", "cookie", "dinner", "walkie", or "bacon" and she gets all in our face demanding that we follow through on the promise!

Her latest fav is "popcorn" (or even just "pop") and we now find ourselves having to spell certain keywords during normal conversation just to avoid triggering a Pavlovian response. We're on the verge of switching to another language to stay ahead of the game.

And that brings me to the point of this post. Which words or sentences fire up your little munchkin and do you find yourself whispering or spelling when in the vicinity of those tuned-in, pointy ears?



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Deb, Emmie and Angel Kelsie
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Jan 17, 2018 at 12:38
• Deborah
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I had to laugh when I read your post Mark! Emmie has mastered quite a few words, including -treat, chickie, walkie, go out, go for a ride, bedtime, Daddy, Mommy, even the names of some of her toys--yellow duckie, etc. If you come up with a language that is "terrier proof" please share!
Love, Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie

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Mark
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Jan 17, 2018 at 13:24
• Mark
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Deb, Emmie and Angel Kelsie wrote:

If you come up with a language that is "terrier proof" please share!

Klingon?

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Deb, Emmie and Angel Kelsie
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Jan 17, 2018 at 13:47
• Deborah
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With those pointy ears, they probably would pick up that in an instant! 

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NimbySue
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Jan 17, 2018 at 13:46
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I know this word and Mummy has said it to me an odd time ....Nimby I weckon yoo have a clingon.......and it means a bit of poopie stuck to yor bottythat never dwopped off!...Hugs and kissies fwom Clever NimbySue and Harf bwight Bwuvver A xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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NimbySue
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Jan 17, 2018 at 13:27
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Ooooh Mr Marky and Emmy..wot a qwestion...I have taughted my Bwuvver A how  to spell and the words we know amongst many are....Walkie...din dins..dinner Bwekkie...treat..bickie...charcoal...thats a charcoal bicckie but we know just charcoal!..wolf,hedgie and bunny...we know the word Sammy..thats a squillie..Mummy have to say words like ...A w,for walkie and M for motor...or when we go on our twips oot in the motor they have to say things like ...Have you got their L's and C's...thats leads and coats...and if we ever have to go in the Tb for a baff...they never say a word....we just get put in!!....twicked we do say!! Ha Ha ...Hugs and kissies NimbySue and Andrew xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Levi,Winter and angel Moshe
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Jan 18, 2018 at 07:44
• Yoka
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Mama speek in two different languages to us and we understand a lot of words.They are so smart they also know the namens of the toys.Winter never playswith toys I do not think she knows how. She is not interested in toys I find that real sad she was only used for breeding. She follows me all over the house and she is very smart. Moshe played the most with the toys. He understood Dutch for sure. I repend some of the words in English and Dutch and they know many words..Winter gets very excited when she knows we are going in the car. She talks and gets real hyper and vocal. She never went in cars I guess and she loves it.
Some timesshe moved in on Levi’s seat in the car. I am so glad i have a girl finally.
Thanks Mark for this subject!
Levi,Winter and Yoka

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Levi,Winter and angel Moshe
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Jan 18, 2018 at 07:44
• Yoka
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Mama speek in two different languages to us and we understand a lot of words.They are so smart they also know the namens of the toys.Winter never playswith toys I do not think she knows how. She is not interested in toys I find that real sad she was only used for breeding. She follows me all over the house and she is very smart. Moshe played the most with the toys. He understood Dutch for sure. I repend some of the words in English and Dutch and they know many words..Winter gets very excited when she knows we are going in the car. She talks and gets real hyper and vocal. She never went in cars I guess and she loves it.
Some timesshe moved in on Levi’s seat in the car. I am so glad i have a girl finally.
Thanks Mark for this subject!
Levi,Winter and Yoka

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Riley
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Jan 18, 2018 at 08:22
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Riley responds to Chippie Squirlee and peepee outside.

He does not know the difference in his toys.

Love Allen


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Sandra & MoppyLocks
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Jan 18, 2018 at 10:39
• Sandra
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hehe.... all us terrier parents can relate to this. We had to whisper some words in our house. Miss Maddie's keen hearing still picked up what we were staying and her dashing about got the whole gang excited with reaction.

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Arran
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Jan 19, 2018 at 15:53
• Mary Alice
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'Bitious knew the words Howard (her hedgehog), treats, her name, park, walkies, squirrel and toy. My main man Earth Dogge Mulligan watched her for clues. I asked Arran where her toys were last night, and to my surprise, she began looking around the living room -- then she went to the den and came back with a toy! I've never taught her what toy meant.


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Robin and Mischief @ R Bridge
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Jan 20, 2018 at 22:48
• Robin
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Yes of COURSE! Mischief, Cairn Terrier Extraordinaire, could not only understand every single word, she could spell. She knew D-O-G (a bad word-SHE was NOT a D-O-G! SHE was a superior species higher than a two legger), D-I-E-T (another BAD word), just about anything that would trigger a response either good or bad. She was a talker both verbally and non-verbally. We knew she understood what we were saying and she responded according to her feelings. When she didn't feel like responding (like say when it was bedtime or time to stop barking) words went in one ear, she'd cock her head and words would slip right out the other ear. Our terriers are quite smart! 

My "niece" Rupee is a Blue Heeler/Shepherd mix and she's not all that bright. She understands some words but responds more to actions. She doesn't talk the way terriers do but she does move her ears up and down to let you know if she's sad or bored "You're LEAVING me?! I'm so SAD!" ears down. 

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