Most people know that mothers and individuals alike tend to talk to babies in a different tone of voice and use different speech with them than they would an adult or older child.
But do you change your voice when you are talking to your dog? Many people do, especially when training the dog. For example, do you use a more authoritative voice when you tell your dog to “sit” or “stay”? A lot of dog owners do.
Additionally, some people use a special voice and speech when talking to their dog on a daily basis. Don’t believe us? According to bgr.com, there is a scientific reason why you should talk to your dog in a “baby voice.”
To prove this theory, the researchers conducting the study asked the owners of 37 pets if they could participate in the study. The study, in a nutshell, consisted of the researchers putting the dogs on a leash and exposing them to different types of speech.
So, how did the researchers determine if the type of speech had an effect on the animal? They measured the attention that the dogs exhibited when exposed to the different types of speech. The results showed that “dog directed speech” got the dogs’ attention and succeeded in keeping it for longer than normal speech did.
So, “dog directed speech” is real and does keep dogs attention! However, the researchers were not able to generalize these results to all dogs. They found that puppies responded to the “dog directed speech” no matter the words that were being spoken to them, while adult dogs responded better to “dog directed speech” when command words were being used.
So, next time if someone asks you if you and your dog have a special language that you share, you can confidently answer yes, and you have the scientific data to back it up!