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Do you ever get the feeling dogs to understand more words than they let on? I’m pretty sure my Australian Shepherd, Cali, knows what I’m saying most of the time but she chooses to ignore me. My kids do the same thing.

OnBuy.com surveyed 4,389 pet owners who spent three months studying which words dogs love to hear the most. Researchers analyzed the heart rates of 60 dogs of varying breeds, sizes, and ages when their favorite phrases were uttered. The words that caused each dog’s heart rate to increase the most were determined to be the ones that make dogs the happiest.

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Surprisingly, the word that made the most dogs in the study the happiest didn’t have anything to do with food. Here are the top ten:

  1. Walkies
  2. Dinner/food/eat
  3. Treat
  4. Get it
  5. Fetch
  6. Toy/Get your toy
  7. Good boy/girl
  8. What’s that?
  9. Their name
  10. Find it

How did “park” not make the list? In case you’re wondering, the breeds that were the most excited by the magic words and phrases were French Bulldogs, Beagles, Rottweilers, Labrador Retrievers, and Dachshunds. You can see more of the preferred canine vocabulary HERE.

As for dogs’ least favorite words? I’m guessing those might be “bath” and “vet.”