Heidi and Sam
|I have taught my Merlin to "speak" it is very cute. Now I am teaching him to "Quiet" or "Hush". This way if he wants to 'speak' and people are sleeping he understands it is not the right time. He is catching on fairly quickly, these are very smart dogs!
This 'speaking' or "woorooing' is a new thing for Merlin, he is usually very very quiet. He has even started barking at the kids to play, which under no circumstances is he allowed to continue to do!
|hehe...that's funny. my sammy does the same thing in the morning when we wake up and won't get out of bed right away.
he almost sounds like he is whining crossed with a growl.
now if we sing: la la la la la la la..., in different pitches, he will start to sing to.
he also will do it if we ask him "what's wrong", or "are you pretty."
|Both of my OES have been talkers. I really htink they are trying to say things and join in. When I am talking about Chelsea to someone else, she knows, and immediately feels she has to chime in, maybe to set the record straight, or at least to say "aw mom, you're embarassing me".
Two weeks ago my husband and I were taking a time out from house work, we were on the bed and we were laying there chatting about something, she climbed up and laid down between us, rolled over on to her back and started to "talk". In a very conversational tone she moaned and grunted and made "Chewbacca" noises- she did this for about twenty minutes while we just listened and asked her questions. It was precious.
I think if any dogs learn how to talk first it will be the OES, they really want to communicate with us so badly.
|Mine don't do the cute wooorooo-ing very often, but it is so funny when they do! Dancer will talk back like a saucy child sometimes, if she is tugging at the garbage lid and is caught I'll say "What are you doing?" and she yips at me and dives for the garbage pail again as if just testing. LOL Then she goes off and pretends she didn't do a thing. Sky yips when she is excited. High pitched puppy yips...lol... .sore on the ears.|
|Big Ben is a wooroo-er. In fact, my hubby and I are a bit tired this morning. We think Ben was having a dream and we woke up to this noise:
"gerrrrrrwhoooorooooer" (it had to last 20 seconds which is forever at 2:30 AM.) The dog did not move so we know he was asleep. I couldn't even pick my head off the pillow and muttered "What the he** was that?!" and we chuckled and tried to fall back asleep. Oh the noises he makes! But talking in his sleep now?! Oh boy, here we go into a new adventure with our beast!!
|Definitively, these guys talk to us. The wooorooo-ing is just one of Lennon's vocal expressions, and the more time we spend with them, the more we learn about them.
So far, I've identified about 15 different bark tones for Lennon and Sofa, and you can tell what they want to express on each one. There's the Pleeeaaasse, pleaaasse!, "I'm Mad!", "Wanna Play?", "I'm Hungry!", "Need Water Please", "WAKE UP!!!!!", "I Gotta go... NOW" and many others.... or maybe I'm just crazy.
|LOL, both of my sheepies are talkers. I would probably say Annabelle woo-roos more than Jack. Jack probably warns of us things, such as the utility people in our yard, but then Annabelle helps him tell us about it.
Jack for the last couple of weeks has started "talking" in his sleep, but it is vicious sounding. He growls and growls and muffled barking, and it lasts a few seconds, and he stops and will continue it throughout the night periodically. I am not sure what he could be dreaming about, but it sure doesn't sounds like a good dream.
Stormi and co.
|Hey Stormi... Lennon's been doing exactly the same thing! I've been wondering what does that mean, because it looks like they are not having a good dream. Has anyone had the same happen to you?|
|Hi all, Dougal is a talker, wooroo tilts head upwards at same time if just chatting. If he needs to go out a quiet woof and wack with paw. Sits on sofa with his arms round my shoulders quietly woorooing its sooooooooooo cute. Dougal is a year old huge teddy bear, and wonderfully gentle. luv pepe|
|Yup, same with Pooh. Usually when we are playing he'll give the wooroorooroo as well as a VERY high pitched bark.
We also trained him to "speak" on command, but it doesn't produce a bark, more like a "haruph". It's funny, and still a nice party trick.
|Yes, Bam-Bam has learned to verbally get his messages thru. Two years ago we purchased a plastic halloween pumpkin which has become the equivalent to a binky or a security blanket to him. He carries it around especially in the evening, dropping it at my feet when he wants a treat. Recently I was busy and failed to deposit a cookie upon request, he became a bit put off, kicked the pumpkin half way across the room and clearly said MA-MA. Now that I know he is capable of clearly saying MA-MA, I am reinforcing that behavior. He must now say my name before he gets a cookie in his punkin and he does everytime!
I have witnessed the same verbal sound when I have to leave him alone.
I have heard him howling like a wolf when I leave always ending the sound
with a Ah OOOUUUU MA MA MA MA. These dogs are so smart it just astounds me. Are we blessed or what to have such incrediable creatures in our lives?
Funny story from this past weekend. Last Christmas Jamie gave me a dog translator called Bow Lingual. I'm convinced it actually works. I've put it on several dogs now and - in my humble opinion - it accurately interprets what they are trying to convey. It has actually taken my understanding of the dog psyche further by making me stop projecting human emotions on to the animals and reminding me that they are very much pack animals. Anywho ...
So this past weekend I put it on Farley. He's a very talkative fellow. Lots of octave range. He really is remarkable, IMHO. Well ... the first thing he ends up saying to me is ... "I'm gorgeous!"
I am not kidding you. "I'm gorgeous!"
Usually dogs say things like, "I'm strong. Are you?" or "I might bight." But noooo ... little Lord Fauntleroy tells me he's bodacious! Further translations that evening proved that he's a big fluff ball who just wants to play. "Play with me." "Pay attention to me." In response to playing fetch, "this is fun!" In response to Jamie getting down on the floor and wrestling him/tickling his belly, "this is great!"
Fur ball. I'm in love.
|Ha ha! Mopey talks too. Its not often, but she does try! Its really cute! She talks when we play tug of war...and when we give a treat to the cats and not her..but then she mostly mopes around.. LOL|
|Our previous sheepie, Teddy, used to talk back at us. Lots of "harumphs." There was one time I had the dog translator on him and we had just come home from shopping. As we were going in and out the house - he went and got one of his plush toys and was tossing it up in the air and shaking it madly when it came down. The dog translater said he said, "these are my rules!" Hmmm ... guess he was feeling very in control with his peoples all over the place.|
|I love the harumph! - Woof does this when he settles down beside our bed at night - it's like he's saying "ahhh, bedtime" in a very satified manner!
He also talks and / or howls if i get my harmonica out - I've been banned from playing it.
|Louie is definitly a talker. He does the harumph when he's upset with us. He also has a bark for everything. There is:
the 'but i want some of your food' bark
the 'let's go outside now!'
the 'but why can't i slobber on the cats?'
and the 'play with me!!!'
oh and many many more!
I need one of those bow lingul devices so i can see if i'm correct in my guesses!
|And here I thought my dogs were unique in their talking! Guess it's just one of those goofy sheepie traits!
Drez talks too. She has the woorooooo down pat when she hears the doorbell. Cracks us up every time. And the harumphs are hysterical, with different meanings for different things. After the plop down, the harumph means "I'm tired, I think I'll take a nap now." When the biscuits come out in the morning, the harumph is her bark for the speak command. When she needs to go out, the harumph goes with the dead-on stare in response to the question "do you want to go out?"
And heaven forbid someone says "do you want to go bye-bye?" Then it's a full-blown bark, higher pitched, like she's saying "oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!!" She doesn't even wait for the garage door to go up enough for her to walk normally out of it - she squats down as it's going up and crawls out! What a sight to see!
These are just the goofiest, sweetest dogs on the planet, aren't they??
|Mickey is a huge talker,he almost talks as much as Sam!!LOL!!When im rubbing his belly he just does the whole wooooooooooo er woooooooer thing its like he is heaven.He is a very vocal boy not a big barker tho thank goodness cause Jagger does enough barking for the both of them.|
| Our Zoe "talks"! My Grandson, who is 2, thinks it is the funniest thing! Zoe will come up to me, start talking, I talk back, making the same noises she does, and it just keeps going back and forth; all the while the baby is laughing the heartiest laugh you have ever heard!
Although my all time favorite is the Beagle sounding howl she does sometimes. TOO FUNNY!!!
|The only time Farley doesn't seem to have anything to say is when there is someone at the front door. Heaven forbid he should protect the flock ... he just stands there silently ... <<wiggle, wiggle>> "oh someone is here to give me a treat!" <<wiggle, wiggle>>|
|lol. I love all of these stories! Albert is a talker too. My brother Adam calls him a wookie (like from Sar Wars) when he starts it. He usually is at his "talkiest" when I've been gone for a while or he's aggravated. I think it's super cute, and usually talk it back to him. People probably think I'm nuts.|
|Hello We were amazed after seeing your post as our sheepie talks too! It is so funny he is 1 1/2 years old and he sits and talks mostly when my wife and I are just sitting enjoying our morning coffee or when he needs something. Sometimes at night when all is winding down he will sit down on his blanket and just stare and "yack" . We are going to film it. When also had an 8 year sheepie that passed away on 1/13/ this year he never talked. But he was the best. Thanks Anthony|
|Even our little Casey is talking! Sounds like "Harumph, woo, woo, groan" and mostly when I'm telling her No, or to stop barking. Just like a kid! "you never let me do anything mom!" - Kathy|
|Sofa has started to vocalize like Lennon... The "Wooooh, Wooooh, Groan" seem to mean "But Dad.... Why can't I have that yummy thing you are ating at the table???"
I never met dogs that tried to communicate by "talking" until I had OES... Aren't they great?
There's a novel called "The Dogs Of Babel" about a dog that watched a woman die and her husband tries to teach him to "talk" so he can learn what happened to her... It's good. Anyone else read it?
|Abby will only "talk" if she has something in her mouth. When we get home she will usually run around until she finds something to pick up. It's usually a toy or bone or even kibble and will then get excited and start her wigglebutt dance while speaking.
She doesn't talk in her sleep, but she will run in her sleep. She is constantly kicking her legs. I'd love to know what she's dreaming of.
|Our sheepie loves to talk !
This morning while making his breakfast, he was sitting behind me
talking up a storm. Of course, it was a special breakfast with
a little roast beef included with his kibble.
Then it was off to the vet for a yearly heartworm test.
First, I refused his offer to drive. Then as a passenger in the
backseat, he gave me some helpful hints on driving. He talked
non stop from our house to the vets office.
He was an angel in the vets office, a sympathetic listener to
the other 4 legged patients. Cooperative with the vet tech, and
a true gentleman.
He was a quiet copilot on the way home, and slept the afternoon.
All that talking can make a sheepie tired !!
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