I use the word "normally" with the assumption that "basic" would usually consist of "sit", "food", "outside", etc. :lol: Do you talk to your pets in bigger groups of words than they can probably understand? Things such as "Come over here and get your ball" or whatever. I do and I usually catch myself and feel dumb about it. I don't think animals have any possible way of understanding words in a list of words aside from picking out the words they understand. For example, in the phrase I mentioned above most dogs would probably just pick up on two or three words max. Anyway, do you use normal human sentences with your dogs, cats, or whatever pet you may have?