If like me, you’ve always believed that your beloved pet pooch understands everything that you say to them, well it might actually be true after all!
The New York Times reports a new study has found that dogs brains can process speech in a way that’s very similar to humans, so they can actually comprehend both a words’ meanings as well as the tone in which it’s being used.
So good luck the next time you need to treat your dog and try to convince them the medicine you’re giving tastes like a yummy bone!
Dog scientists in Hungary (Yes, being a ‘dog scientist’ is apparently a thing) had 13 canines climb inside an MRI machine while the researchers spoke to them.
The researchers spoke to the dogs using various words and intonations—some positive words with positive intonation, some gibberish words with positive intonation, and some positive words with no inflection at all.
They discovered that the canines’ left hemisphere worked out the meaning of the words, regardless of the intonation, and associated words with positive or negative experiences.
Which is basically the same way we humans respond to speech (except people who struggle with sarcasm!)
Head of the study Attila Andics (how did the dogs understand his name, because we are STRUGGLING) revealed in a statement:
“It shows that for dogs, a nice praise can very well work as a reward, but it works best if both words and intonation match,”
“So dogs not only tell apart what we say and how we say it, but they can also combine the two, for a correct interpretation of what those words really meant.”
So there you go, next time you have to take you dog to the vet you may want to spell it out before your pet can work out what’s going on!