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Barking Mad Dog Sitters reveal dog vocabulary survey results

Sit, stay, fetch! Which words does your dog understand?

Nearly half of pet owners questioned in the first round of a new linguistic survey, conducted by Barking Mad Dog Care, believed that their dog understands 26-50 words, with ‘sit’ coming in as the number one word, reported to be understood by 93.5% of respondents’ pooches.

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How Many Words Does Your Dog Understand?

Help Barking Mad to understand the UK’s Average Dog Vocabulary

Barking Mad Dog Sitters are searching to understand the UK's dog vocabulary

How many words does your dog understand?

Walkies, sit and stay are words that make up most dogs’ vocabularies but have you ever stopped to wonder just exactly how many words your pet understands? Maybe they’re a dog of few words or perhaps they have a gigantic word-hoard in their brain? At Barking Mad Dog Care, we are fascinated by how large a lexicon the average pooch has and have decided to carry out some research of our own. Our Dictionary Dog Survey is now live and we’d love you to participate!

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Why Dogs are Better than Cats

10 Reasons Why Barking Mad Dog Sitters Love Dogs More

Barking Mad dog sitters dog with a cat

Dogs and cats are both amazing but which species is better?


The world may be full of animal lovers but it can’t have escaped your notice that there is a massive divide between self-confessed dog and cat lovers. As the age-old battle rages on, the UK’s leading dog sitting service provider, Barking Mad, has decided to put forward their case for championing canines. Each species clearly has its positives and negatives and comparing the two can be like comparing the stereotypical chalk with cheese!

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10 Mother’s Day Gifts From Your Dog


This Mother’s Day we are sure that our beloved, four legged best friends will be only too keen to get in on the action! Whether you class yourself as your favourite dog’s ‘pack leader’ or ‘adoptive parent’, we’re sure that your dog worships you and this special day seems an ideal time to celebrate this.

So whilst your favourite dog can’t exactly take an unaccompanied trip to the shops to buy you a bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates, we think that their unique gifts actually mean a whole lot more. On this, as every other day of the year, our 17 years of dog sitting experience have taught us that your dog will give you:

  1. Their undivided attention
  2. Big hugs and kisses
  3. The motivation to go out and walk
  4. An ear that’s always ready to listen
  5. Intuitive understanding of how you are feeling
  6. A wet nose to wake you up in the morning
  7. Their complete and utter adoration
  8. Smiles and laughter, resulting from their clown like behaviour
  9. Confidence-boosting pack leader status
  10. Being their absolutely adorable, gorgeous self around you!

Happy Mother’s Day!


Bearded Collie Yeshe says Happy Mother’s Day with flowers

Why Do We Talk Differently to Dogs and Do They Respond?


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If you speak to your dog in a ‘baby’ voice, recent research shows you’re not alone!


Do you ever find yourself talking to your dog in a different voice? Do you think that they respond better when your voice goes up to a higher pitch? At Barking Mad Dog Care, we know that our clever canines certainly seem to understand everything we say and have their own ways of communicating a clear response!




BBC News has recently reported on the first investigation of potential factors causing dog-directed speech and its immediate impact on dogs’ behaviour.  In ‘Dog-directed speech: why do we use it and do dogs pay attention to it?’ by Tobey Ben-Aderet, Mario Gallego-Abenza, David Reby and Nicolas Mathevon, an international team of scientific researchers carried out a study to decode how we talk to dogs and concluded that puppies were responsive to this kind of speech.

BBC News states:

‘When we talk to dogs, we often speak slowly in a high-pitched voice, similar to the way we talk to young babies. The researchers think this way of talking may be our natural way of trying to interact with non-speaking listeners.

Prof Nicolas Mathevon of the University of Lyon/Saint-Etienne in France said pet-directed speech is similar to the way we talk to young infants, which is known to engage their attention and promote language learning.

“We found that puppies are highly reactive to dog-directed speech, in the absence of any other cues, like visual cues,” Prof Mathevon told BBC News. “Conversely we found that with adult dogs, they do not react differentially between dog-directed speech and normal speech.”


Pika, 2 days on 4

Andrea whispers to puppy Pika


Dr David Reby, a psychologist at the University of Sussex, said the research could lead to better ways for humans to communicate with animals.

“There could be a practical use if we identify in the long term ways to speak to dogs that help and support their acquisition of new commands.”

What do you think? Do you speak in a different tone of voice to your dog than you would a human best friend? This study certainly makes interesting reading! You can follow the above links to read the full news story and study.