Talking and using verbal commands with your dog is a great way to increase your dog’s vocabulary.
Dogs that are spoken to can, over a lifetime, develop a vocabulary of over a hundred words. I had a dog that learned the spelling of some words. Some time after I started using the spellings to try and fool her, she figured out my meanings when I spelled words.
Speaking to your dog in a normal tone of voice and making eye contact will over time allow your dog to discern meaning in some words. They’ll catch on quickest to words that have meaning to them, like dinner, walk, car ride, bath and toy.
Dogs aren’t capable of understanding complex, abstract or global thinking but they can easily understand single words and small phrases that have meaning in their lives.
What words have your dogs learned?