Baby talk, why the hell do we do that? Yes, we all love talking to our babies that way, but what about dogs?
Indeed, most of us often tend to see our dogs as our kids or siblings. They’re all so cute and sweet that we just want to squeeze them.
But should we be talking to our pooches with a baby voice? Does it really make a difference or do we just insanely love our pups and we don’t mind seeming weird.
Research that was published recently has found that dogs benefit from baby talk, just like babies do.
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It’s well-known that babies advance many skills thanks to baby talk
Rumor has it that baby talk may not be favorable considering to babies and could confuse them but fortunately, research has proved it wrong.
The experts found evidence suggesting that while we talk to our babies with baby talk, most of us use an acute voice that helps the babies stay intrigued and concentrated on the words.
A high-pitched voice also helps the baby understand the exact annunciation of each word, so they could start practicing their speech skills on the right foot.
Moreover, this learning method requires the parent and the baby to make a connection and spend active quality time together, which will make them feel close to one another and bond better.
But… wait, dogs don’t talk, so how does the baby talk help them?
A unique research
The researchers asked two random people to record their voices: one of the two participants used his regular voice, while the other used his baby talk voice.
Both of them said words and phrases that dogs could easily recognize, such as “fetch” or “going out for a walk.”
Afterward, the two members were put into a room with 37 other canines. The scientists played both recordings, while the two men and the dogs were all in one room. While one recording was on, the participant who recorded it held the speaker to indicate that it was his voice.
Dogs have an incredible hearing ability that makes their ears very sensitive to contrasting voices, changes in acoustics, and distance.
Thus, the researchers assumed that the canines would respond differently to each participant, although both recordings repeated the same words.
After both recordings were done, the researchers determined how long the dogs were focusing on each member, and how much time they’ve spent with each of them.
The results were no surprise; the pooches favored the person who spoke to them in baby talk, rather than the one who used his regular voice.
Even though the results had matched their conclusions, the scientists weren’t satisfied. They wanted to make sure that the baby talk was the only variable that drew the dogs’ attention.
It’s pretty standard in the science world: because many things could happen due to a variety of reasons, it’s the experts’ job to make sure that the primary effect came from one definitive variable and the process was objective. To determine that, they usually need to conduct another research, and indeed they did.
In this study, the scientists asked the participant who used baby talk to record random words that the canines won’t usually recognize. The other participant still used words and phrases that dogs could easily relate to, such as “treats” and “play,” and kept on using his regular voice.
The findings were quite surprising. This time, the doggies didn’t react differently to both participants. They’ve spent about the same time focusing on both people. The researchers then concluded that in order to attract the canine’s attention, a person must speak in baby talk and use particular words, so dogs could relate to them and respond accordingly.
What does it all mean?
The researches stress that when we use baby talk with our doggies, we also need to use words that they know to help them understand us more clearly. The combination of the two, proves brain development and tightens the bond between dog and their loving owners
The research’s next aim is to determine whether this trait is something that dogs are born with, or whether they have started to develop it since the day their owners began to baby talk to them.
To do so, the experts are recruiting puppies and ask people to foster them and speak to them in different ways as they grow. With time, the researchers will be able to examine if dogs that have never heard baby talk, respond to it the same way that canines who have been hearing it their whole life do.
The incredible information is pretty helpful as well; veterinarians, rescue workers, and dog owners could use it to interact better with pooches. The chances are that if they choose to use baby talk, the dogs will be more concentrated and much calmer than usual.
Consequently, the sweet canines will understand the situation on a deeper level and will be able react better.
Have you started talking to your doggy with baby talk? It’s never too late! When you improve your communication skills with your canine, your relationship will blossom; it will be based on love and understanding.
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