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Discussion in 'Personal' started by Duke of York, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    If you were considering writing a book that you could teach your dog or cat to read with, which words or sounds would you include in it to get them started?

    Could you write a story that would interest a cat or a dog, based on familiar sounds they have learned and recognise in written words once you've taught them, in the same way that happens with kids?

    Which words or noises would you use?

    I'm pretty sure I could teach both my dog and cat to recognise "No!" if I showed it to them often enough, but that's hardly the stuff to engage them in learning to read, is it?

    I want to find out whether we have a genius on here who understands pets better than most and has the skill to write a story that either my dog or cat would find interesting enough to study, if and when I have the time and patience to sit them on my lap and go through it with them.
  2. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    You can see from the lack of response, how early the imaginative need to go to bed on Sunday nights to hold down a job these days, can't you? It wasn't always thus.
  3. Orkrider2

    Orkrider2 Star commenter

    Excuse me for going all tumblr, but wotdafuq u on???

    I don't think animals have the cognitive ability to break down words into their component phonics which is necessary in order to learn to read. You may be able to teach them to recognise the shape of certain words through operant conditioning, but a difference in font would probably negate that ability.
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  4. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Clockwork imagination. Every now and then I give it a wind it up to see what it comes up with.
  5. VanDerValk

    VanDerValk Occasional commenter

    Wouldn't you be better with a scratch n' sniff book? Whatever happened to those, I wonder?
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  6. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    My cat Sabrina always slept on my books but am not sure she ever opened them to read them...did also enjoy walking across the laptop keyboard as well..
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  7. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter

    Tweet tweet tweet


    Chomp chomp

    Is that the sort of thing you mean Duke? (said in soothing voice)
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  8. Orkrider2

    Orkrider2 Star commenter

    You could start by solving this problem...

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  9. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    I don't know, cissy. I'd like to think there was more that animals and humans might learn from each other. Wouldn't you love to know what a dog finds so fascinating by whatever it sniffs on its travels and by what a cat finds so disgusting to sniff, it will fight like a demon to avoid going near?
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  10. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    Richard Dawkins can come to your rescue Duke! In one of his books he mentions how dogs, having an acute sense of smell, might enjoy being exposed to a series of complex molecules, differing from each other by just one atom. Something like that. He might even have described it as "reading for dogs". It was in a section challenging the notion that only humans could embrace culture, I think...
  11. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    It gets a little eruption of reward and excitement hormones I should guess. Memory would sometimes be triggered, e.g. "smelling that a lot", "big black dog I only see in the park", "sexy dog next door", which might contribute to the hormone production.
  12. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    You want a parrot.

    Which one is green? He answers: four.
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  13. indusant

    indusant Senior commenter

  14. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Why would I want them to read?

    They have other jobs to do. I'm not leaving them a note: Go and chase the squirrels. Don't poo in the house. Stay out of the pond.

    They're fine as they are. How else am I going to feel superior to them?
  15. Ladykaza

    Ladykaza Senior commenter

    Sound of a can opening, actually the sound of any human going vaguely in the direction of the cupboard, would get their attention.

    Don't know about reading but my mog is certainly a conversationalist - I know exactly what he means when explaining to the neighbour's cat why he should indeed remain on his side of the road..... at 4am!
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  16. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    One of my dogs always used to come up and listen to the bedtime story when my niece came to stay. He might have enjoyed it or he might have been fighting back against the extra demands on my attention. He is a very clingy boy!
  17. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    Would it have been unethical to introduce a dead parrot into the conversation?
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  18. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Our cat definitely knows the meaning of the human word 'Fish' as opposed to other food words we use. Her reaction to it is very different.

    Our other cat used to have a distinct word for 'bird' in cat speak - you could always tell what she was watching when she said it.
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  19. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    Only if it was a Norwegian Blue
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  20. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    It wasn't DEAD. It was just resting!
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