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Receptive Language of My Chiweenie

Baby Chi Chi, My Chiweenie

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Unique Breed of Dog, Chiweenie

I came across an advertisement in the paper about two years ago (2009), and at the time I was looking for a Chihuahua. I raised them and loved their breed. My favorite of all was a dog called Tugger, who will touch my heart in a special way. He will always be missed by me and my family. He was a long hair Chihuahua. My journey to find another Chihuahua ended up without finding that breed I was looking for at the time. Instead of the Chihuahua, I found a uniquely cute breed called a Chiweenie. At first, I was thinking to myself that this is the closest that I will come to the Chihuahua that I missed. I am glad that I went out that day to see that Chiweenie for myself. His family was a four pound Chihuahua daddy, and a ten-pound Dachshund. There were 5 of them in the litter. I got the last of the litter, but he was probably one of the most unique of the litter. I am just guessing, but it is strictly bragging rights here.

This dog is considered a hybrid breed of crossing a Chihuahua with a Dachshund. So there you will see the best and also the problems of both breeds

Chi Chi is a dog that started his language with his master as a baby. He never liked his water in a dish. He always wanted you to get it for him. One spoiled little brat that wanted his attention. I had to figure out a way to get him to communicate with me. So I told the puppy to say wah wah for water. He picked that up, and when he would say that in his language, then I would immediately get up and get his water in a small flat dish that he liked. Later as he grew up he recognized that word water and would indicate the need to have it, if his bowl was empty. We had advanced from the fetch the water on his dog language.

This Chiweenie started learning a lot of receptive languages. The first he learned was the word out. If I said to him, "Do you want to go outside, then he knew what I was saying to him, and immediately jumps on the coach to get his leash put on to go for a walk. He liked it so much, that I had to change the word when speaking to someone else like my husband. I would say does he need to go OU for out? The only thing is in Oklahoma that is the name of our University by initials. Then he got smart and put two and two together, and he got ...go outside. I have to watch what I am saying to him, because he knows he can get out all the time, if I think he has to go and entertain himself by chasing cats or something else. Too smart for his own good sometimes.

Now he has other vocabulary that amazes me, because now he knows the word bath. If I say do you want to get a bath, then he runs the other way. It is funny, because if I need to do something without him up under me, then I say do you want to get a bath. He goes into the other room. He is really comical with it.

If he wants something, and I am busy, then I say, go and tell Daddy! He knows what the words mean, and he goes and whines to my husband. Then, of course, Daddy says,"go and tell Mommy!" Well, that goes back and forth, until he gets your undivided attention. Sometimes it is to play with his toy. Sometimes it is to go out.

Other words he knows is food and eat, toy, other peoples names in the house. He knows what couch is, and what bed is, and what get under the cover means. Those words reinforces his need to burrow, because he was trained as a breed to chase Badgers in their hole. So you can say that he has his human side of receptive language. If worked on and being creative with him, then it probably would grow larger.

If you have a Chiweenie, then think of his language skills. Receptive language is different from expressive language. It is the unspoken language that they know the words used. Expressive is the language that comes out in his communication, and for a Chiweenie that is bark, bark, bark, and bark very loudly. That is the hound in him. These are the words that Chi Chi knows:

Dog Receptive Vocabulary:
Mommy, Daddy, bath, water (wah wah), names, eat and food, bed, couch, toys, play, cover, get under, go out, OU ......and my list is growing.


ladybluewriter (author) from United States on July 16, 2019:

Everyday is a new experience in the life with a Chiweenie. They let you know verbally they are around the house. I am adding this year some more new words for my Chi Chi. He knows the water "chips" which means to him slices of sweet potatoes cut up and cooked in the mornings for his daily rewards. That is just one new receptive word for him. I have many more to, but I am studying now the language of four fur babies. I have one Chiweenie, two dachshunds, and a Basset Great Pyrenee.

Chloe the chi-weenie on July 12, 2019:

Not only do I know words but I say them. Not just bark bark. But all kinds of words. Too bad my mama doesn't know them all yet, but she is learning.

ladybluewriter (author) from United States on December 29, 2016:

Thank you for sharing about your little girl. They are the most unique puppies that I have ever owned. I started discussing their receptive language, and then I realized he was communicating something not in a language of barking. It led me to believe that he is using his own strange language. Then it dawned on me that he probably could communicate some of my language, if worked with. Instead of barking at strange noises all the time, then I remind him to say "I don't know Momma", and he repeats it, when reminded to do so. He has capabilities far greater than receptive language or barking. He has been doing this now for over a year, and it is my way of getting him to question what he actually is hearing. He tends to calm down by saying it. Thought I would share that with you. I have not gone beyond that yet, but I may do it for the experience of knowing. I was a school teacher for 29 years, and teaching children tends to be in my blood. That puppy of mine is like my fur baby.

Julie California on December 29, 2016:

SO VERY TRUE. My girl is the exact same way, including the word bath. She "tattles" to my mom when I'm leaving her at their house (my Penny's version of your's go see daddy...). She also knows banana, Poppy, Grammy, Uncles Jimmy, Joey, Casey & Auntie Des, Odaina, Robert, Karin and many other of my family's names.

She responds to McDonalds since I have a bad habit of talking to myself & she associated the name with my leaving - if I or anyone else says McDonalds, she looks at me like "are we going". At home she just runs for the front door. I now say golden arches when referring to the restaurant.

My girl is very communicative with her looks. When she wants to go to my parent's house (Grammy & Poppy) she looks at me & then the front door or front window (depending on where I'm sitting) and then back at me & makes a small questioning whine. She will also sit in the living room & look at the hall closet when she wants a treat or the pantry door when she is hungry. She is also very communicative with my mother when she's asking for a treat. What a delight the breed is with their communication.

On the not so good side - my girl has all the allergies from both breeds and since both breeds are extremely stubborn - she is doubly so, but I wouldn't trade her for the world!

ladybluewriter (author) from United States on December 03, 2016:

In 2016 my dog has spent more time barking from noise around his environment. Earthquakes are altering his since of verbal communication. His receptive language is there, but his expressive language is concentrating in frustration. It is his alert to anything that might harm him or his family. I am not sure anyone else has noticed changes that affect their dog, but I definitely see it.

ladybluewriter (author) from United States on October 17, 2013:

Today I met some pet owners that agreed with me that their pets know receptive language , and they had to spell the words out to keep the pet from knowing, but then their pet figures it out. I thought that I am not the only one who sees their pet with receptive language.

ladybluewriter (author) from United States on March 23, 2013:

Today I can honestly say I can add a new receptive word to my spoken vocabulary to my Chiweenie. He has learned the word "envelope".

One day my Chiweenie became angry and he snarled up at my husband in a protective manner. I told him to stop and he would not. So I had to think what will stop this behavior. Normally I would try to be dominate but in this case I picked up an envelope that was not heavy but lightly tapped his nose with it. He was so shocked that he immediately stopped his bad behavior. I used the word at him and said you made me have to use the envelope on you. Now if he gets out of line, then I do not use the envelope but use the word. If I have to get tougher, then I pick it up in my hand and ask him, " do you want me to use the envelope and he backs himself off and forgets his aggressive protective behavior. Now I do not have to pick up the envelope but say the word. I would not have used an envelope but he was at the point of biting my husband, and that called for stronger measures, and like I said it was a tap on the nose and more of a shock that his mommy master would shock him this way. Dogs are intelligent, and thank goodness he has stopped his aggressive behavior. We have tried many things to show him he is not dominant but this was the most affective way. He also sees himself as the defender of all things that make noise or pass by my street, or anyone who moves that is not me in this house. It is his nature of defense that I had to stop. I do not attempt to stop his nature unless he turns it on a family member. He is simply protecting his family.

ladybluewriter (author) from United States on February 27, 2013:

I now can add a few more words that I know my Chi Chi has receptively learned. I am adding these to my list: rope, squeaky, toy, Frog, go left. I am currently training him the word left and right. Half the time he will follow the command of left. I repeat it quite often. Despite all his normal words, then Chi Chi knows the following proper names: Bruce, Steven, and Daddy. He knows who they are . He thinks of me as Mommy. He knows those vocabulary too. Chi Chi has developed his own grumbling under the breath language for something that is irritating to him. I have not quite figured it out, and what it means, but he lets me know he is disgruntled. What a life with an intelligent dog who has own receptive language.

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