Do dogs recognize the names of their friends? I'm convinced of it. The other night we had dinner over at the Starck's house. They have a Lab mix named, Chance. Chance is our dog, Beverly's best pal. Chance was happy to see us, just like he always is. When we said Beverly's name, Chance did the unmistakeable head tilt that all dogs do when you strike a chord. After pizza and wine we returned home. Beverly smelled Chance's scent all over us. And when we said his name, she did the same goofy head tilt. So there you go. Yes, dogs recognize other dogs' names.