When adult people suddenly speak with a high voice and make strange noises, there are usually only two options: Either it is a baby or a dog nearby .
As strange as this particular language may sound, several studies have shown that it has a positive effect on the development of babies. Now, a study from the University of York suggests that this particular way of talking to your dog also has a positive impact on the animal.
Dog language promotes relationship between dog and owner
So far, the results of research have only shown that it affects the relationship of the owner to his puppy, when the owner speaks with a higher voice and emphasizes the emotions more. The researchers speak of “dog-related language”.
The University of York team wanted to know if the relationship between adult dogs and owners talking to the animals in this dog-related language was closer.
To test this hypothesis, two people had to address the pets, one using the dog-related language (high voice, strong emphasis) while the other used their normal voice. The dog-language person also directly addressed the pet with phrases like “You’re a good dog” and “Should we go for a walk?” While the other person did not speak directly to the dog and used phrases like “I was in the cinema yesterday”.
So you build a relationship with your dog
The researchers not only studied how the type of voice affected the pet’s attention . They also tested which of the two people the puppies preferred to interact with in the end.
In order to understand whether the human’s best friend responded only to the voice or the words, the researchers mixed in a second pass the type of language – that is, sentences that were addressed directly to the animal, with normal voice and sentences that are not directly on the dog were directed, in a high voice.
“The results show that dogs prefer to spend time with people who speak directly to them in a high voice,” says Alex Benjamin of York University . In the second run, the dogs showed no preference in comparison.
“We hope this study will help dog owners interact with the animals,” says Benjamin. The study has recently been published in the journal ” Animal Cognition “.