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Finger Pointing

Post by Suzie- » Thu, 05 Jul 2007 13:55:08



Two of my dogs understand that I'm pointing at something "over there"
when I point my finger. Both dogs are eight years old. One is a
dachshund, one is a mix (of what I don't know). Both are female. I've
had them since they were puppies. When I point they look in the
direction I'm pointing, not at the tip of my finger.

Do any of you have dogs that do this?

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Post by Kathlee » Thu, 05 Jul 2007 14:32:45


Quote:

> Two of my dogs understand that I'm pointing at something "over there"
> when I point my finger. Both dogs are eight years old. One is a
> dachshund, one is a mix (of what I don't know). Both are female. I've
> had them since they were puppies. When I point they look in the
> direction I'm pointing, not at the tip of my finger.

> Do any of you have dogs that do this?

Sure.  I think pretty much every dog I've ever lived with.  Even
Princess, The Beagle from Hell, would look where you pointed.

When you live in intimate proximity with another species you're bound to
pick up a certain amount of body language.  And I bet you usually
augment the human gesture of pointing with the canine version, an
exagerated stare.

Have you ever tried imitating a canine pant-laugh?  It's a sort of
hollow, breathy sound.  Imagine you've just taken a bite of something
that is much too hot but you don't dare spit it out.  I think it's
believed to be an invitation to play and sure enough, my dogs grab the
first toy they can find and come running if you pant/laugh at them.

 
 
 

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Post by didd » Fri, 06 Jul 2007 00:18:05




words:

Quote:
> Two of my dogs understand that I'm pointing at something "over there"
> when I point my finger. Both dogs are eight years old. One is a
> dachshund, one is a mix (of what I don't know). Both are female. I've
> had them since they were puppies. When I point they look in the
> direction I'm pointing, not at the tip of my finger.

> Do any of you have dogs that do this?

yes
 
 
 

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Post by Shell » Fri, 06 Jul 2007 00:37:27




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> Do any of you have dogs that do this?

Yep.  She also understands when I point at things with my feet.  
Usually foot pointing involves dropped food, though, so it's not
surprising that she'd figure out to look where I'm pointing, and not
at my foot.

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Post by Judith Althou » Fri, 06 Jul 2007 06:25:29


Shelly,
  I had to laugh about the foot pointing.  I do the same thing and my
dogs look where my foot is pointing.  Yes, it is usually at food.
  The reason I have to use my foot is because my hands are usually full
with my food.

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Post by doglink » Fri, 06 Jul 2007 07:38:47


Quote:
> had them since they were puppies. When I point they look in the
> direction I'm pointing, not at the tip of my finger.

You've trained them well!

But if you want your dogs to look at your finger, let them know that
you have a treat in your hand, then start pointing, and they will soon
learn to look at your finger (pseudo treat!)

/Natalie

 
 
 

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Post by Suzie- » Fri, 06 Jul 2007 12:46:49



Quote:

> > had them since they were puppies. When I point they look in the
> > direction I'm pointing, not at the tip of my finger.

> You've trained them well!

> But if you want your dogs to look at your finger, let them know that
> you have a treat in your hand, then start pointing, and they will soon
> learn to look at your finger (pseudo treat!)

> /Natalie

Nope! I want them to look where I'm pointing.

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