Using Baby Talk is a Good way to Bond With Your Dog
Do you talk to your dog in a baby voice? It turns out, talking to your dog in a baby voice is a good way to bond with your pet!
Scientists at the University of York found the high-pitched voice some pet parents use on their dogs, similar to the speech some parents use with their human babies -- known as dog-directed speech -- improves dog attention and helps with bonding.
Researchers paired adult dogs with one person who used dog-directed speech with dog-related content, and then the dogs listened to another person who used adult-directed speech with no dog-related content. They they switched up the content and type of speech -- dog-directed speech with no dog-related content, adult-directed speech with dog-related content.
After each session of listening, the dogs were let free to choose who they wanted to play with. It's obvious that dogs preferred the dog-directed speech with the dog-related content over any other combination, but when the content and speech were mixed up -- the dogs showed no preference for one speaker over the other. Scientists say that means dogs need to hear dog words in a high-pitched baby voice before they’ll care.