Do dogs think in "barks"?

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  1. ParadigmShift... profile image81
    ParadigmShift...posted 14 years ago

    We all know animals can be trained and learn commands. But how do they think? Do they think at all? Can they think ahead? Contemplate? And in what language?

    1. Tater2tot profile image57
      Tater2totposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I have no idea! That is an interesting question. I mean the learn commands in English but I guess everyone can learn what to do from words in a different language. I am pretty sure that the DO think but I don't know how.

      That reminds me, how do babies think? They don't know any language yet but somehow they do think? Right?

      1. ParadigmShift... profile image81
        ParadigmShift...posted 14 years agoin reply to this

        They must! Also, I just remembered my wife's cousin has a dog with her boyfriend who is deaf. The dog is a female pit bull named "two" and she understands commands in sign language! So I wonder, when she thinks of sitting, does she think of the "sign" or the actual activity? hmmm....

    2. oxymoron profile image58
      oxymoronposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Good question. I think they must think. Sometimes we don't need a language for thinking, just some feeling. Then, we shape up with words. So, I feel dogs do think smile

  2. Lidian profile image68
    Lidianposted 14 years ago

    I think that they probably do...our cats think in meows. Really, one of them 'talks' all the time and you can really understand what she is on about (she is often complaining about not getting gourmet cuisine!)

  3. knolyourself profile image60
    knolyourselfposted 14 years ago

    I had a dog I'm pretty sure understood about a hundred words. I would say animals think in images.

    1. quensday profile image66
      quensdayposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I agree. Any living thing has to be able to think.  Any organism has to constantly evaluate its environment to some degree just to survive. I would say that dogs process concepts, but it's probably not as advanced as human processing because we have a detailed system of symbols to reflect our constant understanding of the world. As far as language goes, they are possibly more sensitive to physical interaction and understand communication that way.

  4. byee profile image69
    byeeposted 14 years ago

    Think of how you think, and take a very small fraction of that.  I think dogs have very short memories, but they do remember cause-effect situations, which controls behavior.  However they do not have "symbolic capacity" like humans do--we can take a rock and realize that it can be used as a tool (chimps can do that too).  Dogs use their instincts and senses mostly.

  5. knolyourself profile image60
    knolyourselfposted 14 years ago

    Actually dogs never forget. If my dog saw a rabbit in a certain place, that dog would go to that spot for years looking for that rabbit.

  6. ureckifix profile image56
    ureckifixposted 14 years ago

    Dogs do think
    Just sit and watch one some time.
    my question is how do they think , I know that they have a pecking order in the wild and domestic dogs still have that ingrained in them. so they think in the pack form.
    Alpha Male
    Alpha Female
    A dog can be trained with the repetitive command and praise.
    but that give no insight into how they think.
    A site I found and never bookmarked said that dogs use there minds eye.???

  7. dingdong profile image58
    dingdongposted 14 years ago

    Well, what if they think? tongue

  8. knolyourself profile image60
    knolyourselfposted 14 years ago

    If animals can think then it is more difficult to treat them
    as commodities. Can't have that.

  9. dizongroup profile image37
    dizongroupposted 14 years ago

    They don't think in barks, and this is why I think so. I have 2 female dogs. One is a  APBT. The other one is a Staffordshire bull terrier. They know exactly when I'm going to take them for a walk, or put eye drops in their eyes, or ear drops....AND they know this without me telling them verbally...I only have to think it and they react accordingly, excited for the walk or play time, or running and hiding when I just think about eye or ear drops. LOL

  10. waynet profile image68
    waynetposted 14 years ago


    I was thinking the same thing whilst sat on the toilet...get in there dude!
    Great minds think alike!

  11. Rochelle Frank profile image92
    Rochelle Frankposted 14 years ago

    Animals can 'learn'. They can respond to a certain command or stimulus for a reward. They can use prior experiences and some sort of 'reasoning' to solve a problem or reach a reward. Many species obviously have a 'language' that communicates basic emotions like distress, pleasure, pain...  I "think" that some of these qualities indicate  'thought'.

    Chimps have been taught sign language which they have used to communicate new ideas-- not just ones that they imitate or learn.

    So my  answer would be:" Maybe."

  12. oxymoron profile image58
    oxymoronposted 14 years ago

    Great views! smile

  13. profile image0
    shinujohn2008posted 14 years ago

    Dogs have Ability to think and act,this has been proved, if not they would not have found their place in Police squads

    1. weblog profile image57
      weblogposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Agreed smile

  14. webismine profile image57
    webismineposted 14 years ago

    Nice cool

  15. Zsuzsy Bee profile image86
    Zsuzsy Beeposted 14 years ago

    I don't think we give our dogs enough credit as far as language is concerned. My dogs understand just about anything. They act with compassion when I'm sad, they are full of beans when they want me to play with them, and they sure let me know in every way possible if their food or water dish needs to be refilled.
    No wonder that they're called man's best my case woman's 3 best friends

    1. shibashake profile image84
      shibashakeposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I so agree with you. Dogs have a lot more empathy than people do, they can easily sense emotions, however slight, in their humans. Thus while my significant other may be oblivious to my troubles, my dog will come over and put his head on my lap.

      Dogs also spend much of their lives observing us; our mannerisms, routines, and quirks. They probably understand us better than we understand ourselves.

      Dogs communicate better. They don't say yes when they mean no and vice versa. With a dog you always know where you stand.

      Dogs I believe think in images. That is why they respond much better to hand signals than they do to verbal commands. They also have good long-term memory, but they can only associate cause and effect when they are right next to each other in time. That is why "punishing" a dog after the fact has no effect because the dog does not understand what you are punishing him for.

  16. TravelMonkey profile image60
    TravelMonkeyposted 14 years ago

    I have two Japanese akitas who do not bark unless they are in a pack. So I'm sure they communicate more in their actions.

    1. oxymoron profile image58
      oxymoronposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Good info smile

  17. Random Person profile image60
    Random Personposted 13 years ago

    Dog barks mean diffent things according to what they think. Understanding dog Psychology has helped me to understand what my dog needs. It is possible for dogs to learn commands in another language. My dog knows commands in German!


  18. RKHenry profile image61
    RKHenryposted 13 years ago

    Anyone see Letterman the other night?  He had on his a show a dog that growled everytime it heard the name satan and a dog that when shown a number between 1 and 10, he'd bark the count out.  Animals are amazing.


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