According to a new study: Dogs can understand up to 200 words
Research and a study published in Applied Animal Behavior Science show that dogs understand an average of 89 different commands. Simple things like “sit,” “down” and “play.”
It is obvious that this is not just up to us. Scientists have collected very different dogs. They found that the breed and tasks of the dog affect the number of words it recognizes. Professionally trained dogs can understand more words than untrained dogs.
Continuing on this research, the tools adopted in this one could map many of a dog’s skills and even act as a “professional advisor.” That is, it could evaluate in advance the potential of each canine “candidate” for different professions (rescue, search, police, etc.).
This study shows that understanding the mind of a dog and how its perception of our language works is useful information that can be applied to the brains of other animals. Including us!