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Decoding dognition: Do dogs understand language of their owners?

Dr. Hare underscores that dogs understand more than commonly acknowledged, stating, “Dogs comprehend more than we typically recognize.”

Pet owners frequently contemplate the extent to which their furry companions comprehend human language, a concept referred to as “dognition.”

Studies led by Dr. Brian Hare, an evolutionary anthropologist at Duke University, challenge skeptics, revealing dogs’ remarkable ability to grasp human communication intricacies.

Chaser, an exceptional canine, exemplified dognition by learning over 1,000 object names, showcasing extraordinary linguistic prowess.

Dr. Hare underscores that dogs understand more than commonly acknowledged, stating, “Dogs comprehend more than we typically recognize.”

In another study, researchers Dr. Alex Benjamin and Dr. Katie Slocombe from the University of York explored how human speech influences canine responses. Their research, involving 37 adult dogs, highlighted a preference for “dog speak” – a combination of dog-related content and an enthusiastic tone.

This underscores the importance of tone, akin to “baby talk” in human-infant bonding.

Dognition extends beyond language comprehension to interpreting body language. Dogs, whether on the job or not, demonstrate a remarkable ability to interpret human gestures as cooperative communication, as noted by Dr. Hare.

Ongoing research in this field offers valuable insights into the nuanced ways dogs engage with and understand their human companions.

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