The last test of the series. And Pablo flunked. Big time.
A test of language comprehension, it requires that your dog have a name. Once your dog is settled about 6 feet away from you, call to him/her. But instead of saying your dog’s name, call out “refrigerator.”
If your dog shows some response to come 3 points
If your dog does not come, call “movies” and if he/she comes 2 points
If after all this, your dog shows no response, call it by its true name. If your dog then comes or shows any tendency to move to you 5 points
If your dog hasn’t moved, call its name again. If he/she comes 4 points
If your dog still doesn’t come 1 point
Pablo was sitting a few feet away from me. I called “refrigerator.” His ears pricked up, registering it, but he made no move to come. I then called “movies.” Again, a flicker of the ear, but he made no other move. Finally I called “Pablo.” This time he cocked his head and gave me his quizzical look. I called “Pablo” a second time, but he remained where he was. Scoring: 1 point
Now I know damn well that Pablo knows his name. He also knows the words “toys,” “breakfast,” and “dinner,” among others. However, Pablo has never been one to come when called (unless his best interests are involved). This is the major reason I never let him off leash when outside, except in a fenced-in area. I can’t trust him to come when called. So to me this was more a test of Pablo’s obedience, not his language skills. And obedience-wise, he’s a dope.
It is a wise pug who knows his own name.