Thursday, October 21

Corona Pups: Swedish vocabulary for dogs


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Did you adopt a furry friend to keep you company during the COVID-19 quarantine? You’re not alone. On average, Swedes registered 1,000 more dogs per month compared to the pre-pandemic. If you are relatively new dog owner (dog owner), you’ve likely been practicing commands while creating routines and boundaries for your new family member. With that in mind, how about a blog post with lots of vocabulary to help you speak Swedish with your dog? Good! Come along!

Do you own a dog? Do you own a dog?

Owner is the general word for “owner” in Swedish. Put it together with dog, the Swedish word for dog (you knew it, right?), and you’re a dog owner! Remember that Swedish singular nouns ending in -are keep the same plural form.

the owner of a dog → the owner of the dog the owner of the dog → the owners of the dog
the owner of a dog → the owner of the dog the owners of the dogs → the owners of the dog

Hopefully you won’t regret your decision to become a dog owner.
Hopefully, you don’t regret your decision to become a dog owner.

Puppies! Puppies! … and other Swedish canine nouns

So the dog-centric vocabulary continues, but many of these apply to other pets as well!

a puppy a puppy
the puppy → puppies → the puppies
the puppy → puppies → the puppies

The puppies have letters ability to pay attention.
Puppies have a short attention span.

a belt a belt
coupled → coupler → coupler
the strap → straps → the straps

Walking on a leash can be stressful for a puppy.

Walking on a leash can be stressful for a puppy.

a collar (dog) a necklace (literally “neckband”, this is also a word for necklace)
necklace → necklace → necklaces
the necklace → necklace → the collars

Measure your dog’s neck and head to get a collar that fits him perfectly.
Measure your dog’s head and neck for a perfectly fitting collar.

a bar of chocolate (dog) dog treatment
pieces of candy → pieces of candy → pieces of candy
the candy → sweets → sweets

Go for a walk with some candy in your pocket.
Go for a walk with some goodies in your pocket.

dog training dog training
It helps to go to dog training courses a couple of times.
It helps to go to dog training classes a couple of times.

time and patience time and patience
It takes a lot of time and patience to train your new puppy.
It takes a lot of time and patience to train your new puppy.

social animals social animals
Dogs are social animals. Dogs are social animals.

a command a command
command → commands → commands
the command → commands → commands

“Good” is an important command for your dog.
“Good” is an important command for your dog.

Sit down! Go! Swedish commands for dogs

This topic is Perfect to brush up on your Swedish imperative (command form) skills. In Swedish, we remove the letters of the verbs in the present tense to form the imperative. For example, group 1 Swedish verbs lose their -r. The Swedish verb pratar becomes Talk! (Speak!) Group 2 verbs lose their -it is ending. Look at the examples to be continued:

itsit is Its! Sit!
to lieit is Go to bed! Go to bed!
commore Go! Come!
stayr Stay! Stay!
Waitr Wait! Wait!
jumpr Jump! Jump!

More doggy verbs and example sentences

get a dog get a dog
acquires → acquired → has acquired

Should we have a dog or not? Do we get a dog or not?

to foment to foment
anima → anima → has animated

It is important to encourage good behavior.
It is important to encourage good behavior.

reward reward
rewards → rewarded → has rewarded

Reward the dog for teaching good behavior.
Reward the dog for teaching good behavior.

leave alone leave alone
leaves → left → gone

Dogs don’t want to be left alone.

Dogs prefer not to be left alone.

adopt adopt (works for animals and people)
adopt → adopted → have adopted

Preferably adopt a homeless animal rather than buying one.
Adopt a homeless animal instead of buying one.

Well, who is going to adopt a dog now? Somehow I managed not to adopt a dog this year despite weekly visits to my local humane society website. But I’ve spent a lot of time caring for my in-laws’ “crown puppy”. Tell me in the comments below, did you get a crown dog And will you teach him some Swedish? commands?




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