This morning while riding bikes we passed a few women and their dogs (4 between them). One woman was crouching down, holding one dog's nuzzle in her cupped hands just inches from her face, staring the dog down. She kept saying the dog's name, "Tooty! Tooty! Tooty!" in the way you can imagine a mother grabbing her hysterical child, trying to get them to look them in the eyes as they try to free themselves, and calling them sternly by name to get their attention. I could just imagine this little pup had gotten too excited when he came upon the other dogs and did not mind his manners. Somehow, his owner thought she could talk some sense into him.
I don't know why I thought this was so hilarious! I am not a dog trainer so maybe I don't know for sure, but I was surprised this woman seemed to believe the dog could understand and would change its behavior after her heart to heart.
Besides, I thought German was the language dogs really understand.