Tails About Town: the new lockdown routine

Fletcher has settled into a new lockdown routine surprisingly well. A morning walk takes place a little later than usual, followed by a day in the garden to make the most of the glorious sunshine (I hope it lasts), then an evening walk.

I’ve also noticed people are much friendlier than usual and stop to chat, from a safe distance of course.

Fletcher seems to be enjoying the slower pace of life. He now has our full attention all day. Playing ball whenever he wants, extra belly rubs and treats, he is living the doggy dream. The only downside, Fletcher is in desperate need for a haircut. His quiff is out of control and keeping him clean is proving quite difficult. It’s like a cloud of dust follows him around and I spend most of the day sweeping up after him.

Fletcher with an overgrown hair-doo during the new lockdown routine

We’ve had a lot of time on our hands (and paws) recently, and I did think I would struggle to write this column. However an article popped up on my feed that stated intelligent dogs can recognise up to 165 words. Brilliant, what a way to pass a couple of hours…I decided to put Fletcher to the test and write down all the words he understands.

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The list is below, but hopefully you’ll find this task useful during isolation too. Get in touch on social media and let us know how many words your dog understands! Can your dog beat Fletcher?

Disclaimer: he may know these words but that doesn’t mean he actually listens!

Sit

Paw

Fist bump

High five

Stay

Wait (he’ll take a few extra metres then decide to wait on his own terms)

Stop

Down

Lay

Up

No (definitely doesn’t listen to this)

Roll

Go

Ok

Out

Get it

Drop (very hit and miss)

Nicely

Gently

Good boy

Well done

Walkies

Walk

Park

Field

Beach

Trot (a new word; we changed walkies to trot and he figured it out within 5 days)

Bed

Wee wee

Poo poo

Shake

Night night

Kisses

Cuddles

Stick

Stone

Go swim

Swimming

Running Come

Wash your paws (our command for when he is covered in mud and we want him to wash off in the stream)

What’s that

Breakfast

Dinner

Drinkies

Water

Chicken

Biscuit

Dentastix

Jumbo

Crocodile (he loves the crocodile shaped chews)

Ball

Bone

Red (his favourite toy)

Car

Shop (he often goes to work with my husband)

Pub

Garden (without a doubt one of his fave words)

Fletcher

Mummy

Daddy

Nanny

Grandad

The boys (my mum’s dogs)

Lucy (my friend)

Juno (his best bud)

Chewy (his Labrador friend)

Izzy (a newish friend who just about tolerates him)

Boris (a golden retriever we regularly bump into on our walk – they are obsessed with each other)

Albie (his “cousin”, my sister-in-laws dog)

Total = 76 (I counted each word in a phrase…not quite a genius dog yet but I’m sure I have missed a few!)

Tails about Town - Eastlife magazine. Photo of Fletcher in his garden

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