We all know that talking to our human baby improves bonding with our child. Since we see our dogs as “children” does talking to our dog have a similar bonding effect? Studies suggest this is the case.
We often will say to our dog “Good boy” or “Who’s a good boy?” in an affectionate and high pitched voice. We do this because we feel attached to our dog but does this type of talk do anything for our dog?
Researchers at the University of New York in the United Kingdom investigated if “dog-speak” improves the bond between dogs and humans and whether the dogs benefit from this type of speech.
In the experiment, dog speech was tailored for dogs as far as content and pitch and adult speech was general and spoken in a normal tone. The results revealed that the dogs preferred the humans who had spoken to them in dog speech. These results showed that dogs do need to hear words that are relevant to dogs AND in an affectionate and high-pitched tone of voice.
By understanding this we, as pet owners as well as other people that interact regularly with dogs, can improve our connection for a better human-dog relationship.