"Company coming today," I said to my dog, Lizzie. She was sitting next to me on the floor, while I put on my socks. She immediately turned her head looked down the stairs and cocked her ears to hear the arrival of someone at the front door. Although I was just making conversation more to myself than her, to my surprise she knew precisely the meaning of my words company coming.
Only recently have I begun to say company coming to her, but she is a quick learner. Realizing that she had added these words to her list of known expressions, I began to feel guilty for not having given her more extensive vocabulary lessons.
|Lizzie as a Tiny Puppy|
Two years ago I taught her travel meaning that we would be in a different place at the end of the day from where we had been at the beginning. She seemed to at least absorb the excitement in my voice and responded accordingly. I would love to say that that word is still in her repertoire, but I am afraid now that she might have lost it do to the lack of opportunity to be out on the road again. Even though we are no longer traveling in it, I could begin teaching her more technical vocabulary to keep her abreast of the changing world.
|Lizzie asking for food.|
She already knows take photo. When we are out walking, I'd stop to take a photo and she knew that there would be a little pause in the walk. She had taught me the word smell, a stop for her expressed with butt to the ground and a refusal to move. (Now that she knows that she can teach me dog, I am wondering what she is planning to add to my vocabulary.)