It’s not just you, we’re all there … spell words in front of our dogs to try and keep them from going crazy with excitement.
Hundreds of dog lovers responded when we asked if anyone had any words to spell at home in front of their pets.
And the most popular exercise involved, food and the names of favorite people.
But some have found that their dogs recognize the sound of place names, like Shaunagh Quinn-Kelly who has to spell the name of the park where she takes her dog in Belfast, LADY DIXON.
And Geraldine Arands couldn’t say “postman” in front of her German Shepherd, so she changed him to “man in the red van”, but now he knows the postman is coming in the red van.
Other dogs go mad at the sound of a name. Janice Bowie can’t pronounce the name ALISTAIR without the dog making a scene and Elizabeth Dawson said she has to spell her neighbor and best friend’s name ALAN because dogs love her and love everyone to know .
But one of the most popular spellings for special dog people in Northern Ireland is GRANNY, confirmed by many, including Colin and Suzanne Nelis, and Margaret Mateer.
Elizabeth Ritchie says she has to spell the word NANA in front of her Shelties, Rocky and Jasper. Elizabeth from Donaghadee, County Down said: “As soon as her name is mentioned they walk to the door of Grandma’s apartment and stand up looking around to let us know that they want to visit him.
“She spoils them rotten and gives lots of treats. So now we have to spell Nana in all of our conversations or they would bounce around to see her 24/7.”
Gareth Fullerton of Co Antrim, says he spells out the words WALK, LUNCH, DINNER and KONG – all focused on food – in front of his dog.
Bryher Pears says the acronym UTR for “to the road” is a necessity. She said: “This is our code for our last walk the night before a piece of cheese and a bed.”
Lance Watson from Belfast took things to the next level with his super vigilant dog, Benji: SMOKE, DRINK, TREATS, WALK, BALL, BONE, SUPPER and CHUDLEYS, the food brand of his dog Benji. Lance said, “We always scream a TV license man instead.”
And June Graham’s dog even speaks Italian. Beauty and hairdressing specialist June de Bangor lives in Tuscany. She said: “We have to spell PASSEGGIATA. It means walkies in Italian.”
So it looks like we have to wish each other GOOD LUCK in keeping our plans away from the dog.
Here are the 33 most popular words and phrases:
Food: Who can blame dogs for learning food-related words. Clever. These are the five pluses that come up most often.
Activities: Few dogs will ignore the possibility of a walk and families have different code words including these
Scooby Snacks: from organic veggies to french fries, our dogs know when it’s time to have some fun and writing a shopping list can get loud without spelling it out. The most popular are:
Amusing : Fixation on fun means dogs know their favorite toys, such as many named teddy bears and good ol ‘ones
Transport: Mentioning the car can wreak havoc in many homes with excited barking and screaming.
UTR (on the road)
Expressions: Even the beginning of a sentence or question triggers some dogs, like these
WHO IS IT?
DO YOU WANT?
WHERE ARE THE CAR KEYS?
The necessities: bark and whine for a good reason
And the rest : Less popular options can also attract a big response, including