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Who’s a good boy? Why ‘dog-speak’ is important for bonding with your pet | Science Daily

Who’s a good boy? Why ‘dog-speak’ is important for bonding with your pet | Science Daily

Scientists at the University of York have shown that the way we speak to our canine friends is important in relationship-building between pet and owner, similar to the way that ‘baby-talk’ is to bonding between a baby and an adult.

Speech interaction experiments between adult dogs and humans showed that so called “dog-speak” improves attention and may help humans to socially bond with their pets.

Previous studies on communicating with dogs had suggested that talking in a high-pitch voice with exaggerated emotion, just as adults do with babies, improved engagement with puppies but made little difference with adult dogs.

Researchers at York tested this theory with new experiments designed to understand more about why humans talk to dogs like this and if it is useful to the dogs in some way, or whether humans do this simply because they like to treat dogs in the same way as babies.

Source: Who’s a good boy? Why ‘dog-speak’ is important for bonding with your pet | Science Daily