People have been known to woof or meow at their pets in hopes of breaking down the interspecies language barrier. Sadly, we always seem to be talking at cross purposes.
Even when you bring in a skilled voice actor like Rudi Rok to mimic your furry friend, there’s something lost in translation. The dogs here do bark back at or along with him, but as if to ask what the hell is going on, and where that other dog is.
Watch him interacting with actual dogs in this interesting video experiment. I really really wish science came up with a working human-dog-human translator.
Brain scans discover evidence that dogs process language in a similar way to humans and are only truly happy if a praising tone of voice is matched by the actual words spoken.Dogs understand what some human words mean, according to a study published in the prestigious journal Science.