“My dog listens to me.”
“He seems to know what I’m saying.”
“She understands me.”
Dog lovers have always known this. But guess what? Now there’s science to back it up!
Researchers with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences studied MRIs of dogs taught to lie still in the machines, and then compared them to humans.
The findings? Dogs, like humans, can hear emotion in communication. That’s why your dog knows how you’re feeling- he can hear it!
Not surprisingly, dogs’ brains respond more to sounds than to voices. Maybe that’s why your dog barks at things you don’t seem to hear.
The researchers learned that dogs have similar capabilities to process social information. This could mean that at some point in the future, humans and dogs will be able to communicate verbally!