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A Little Mouthy - Does your dog talk back to you?

A Little Mouthy - Does your dog talk back to you?

Posted by Nicole Thompson - Owner, Paws 2 Purrfection, LLC on 11th Jun 2017

Trying to lay down the law in your house with a dog can sometimes be a difficult thing to do. Especially when you're trying to discipline your pup and they have a sassy retort. Keeping a straight face to let them know you mean business can be almost impossible.


Some dogs, can be quite obedient when given commands after proper training. Almost to the point of seemingly being programmed to your voice. But then there are some pups that always have something to say back to you, instead of doing what has been asked of them. From my experience it tends to be the more intelligent breeds that have a mouthy comeback instead of being obedient. Now I'm not saying they don't do as they are told… they will almost always do it, but not without having something to say about it!

For example… our English Bulldog, a breed notoriously known for their intelligence as well as their bull-headedness is by far one of the most brilliant dogs we've ever had the pleasure of parenting. However, she has come with a great deal of attitude and ALWAYS has something to say about what we've asked of her.

She loves this one  squeaky toy, in particular. Only this squeaky toy is VERY, VERY LOUD! She also never seems to want to play with it when it won't be annoying to us. She LOVES to continuously squeeze it when we are either visiting with guests, trying to have a conversation or if we are on the phone….

Another thing that she loves to do it chew on antlers. Now these will keep her occupied for HOURS. But after hours and hours of hearing the grinding noise of her teeth on the "bone" it can really tend to get on ones nerves. So when we tell her to "take a break", she will most certainly, turn… look over her shoulder… kind of side-eye us and grumble under her breath. Talk about some sass!! Lol!

But who could get angry about a little grumble and an adorable side-eye from a bulldog? You just can't help but laugh. Of course, when you do, she then believes it's a game and she will continue with whatever behavior we've asked her to stop. Then we start all over again. Oh well…sigh……

There are several other breeds known to be of a chatty nature and will be the first to answer you back instead of being obedient, but isn't that what we love about them?

My advice is to do your research before selecting a breed and know what you're getting into. If you don't want any back-talk, I suggest you get a breed a little less likely to have a come back for every command. Then again, if you love a good, ol'fashion gab-fest with a fresh mouth pup and don't mind getting interrupted now and again, then maybe a little sass is just what you're looking for.

Me… I just love to be a part of the conversation.

Have a sassy dog breed? Let us know about it! We'd love to hear your stories!

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