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Dog behaviour and describing dogs

bark

verb

to make the short loud sound that a dog makes

bay

verb

if a dog bays, it makes a long loud sound, especially when it is hunting

beg

verb

if a dog begs, it sits and holds up its two front feet as a way of asking for food

faithful

adjective

used about a dog who behaves like a friend

howl

verb

if a dog or similar animal howls, it makes a long loud sound

howl

noun

the long loud sound that a dog or similar animal makes

retrieve

verb

if a dog retrieves something, it finds it and brings it back to you, for example a ball that you have thrown or a bird that you have shot

slaver

verb

if a dog or other animal slavers, liquid comes out of its mouth when it is hungry or when it has been running fast

snap

verb

if an animal such as a dog snaps you or snaps at you, it bites you or tries to bite you

wag

verb

if a dog wags its tail, it moves its tail from one side to the other several times

wag

noun

a movement of a dog’s tail from side to side

whine

verb

if a dog whines, it makes a high noise, usually because it wants something

wire-haired

adjective

with short stiff hair

worry

verb

if a dog worries sheep or other animals, it attacks or chases them

worry at

if a dog worries at an object, it holds the object in its teeth and shakes it

yappy

adjective

a yappy dog yaps a lot

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a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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