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Dog House News Blog — dogs hear humans

Do dogs understand what we say?

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  "Although we cannot say how much or in what way dogs understand information in speech from our study, we can say that dogs react to both verbal and physical postures and gestures. These components appear to be processed in different areas of the dog's brain," says Victoria Ratcliffe of the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex. In other words, dogs listen and respond to the meaning of your words differently than they listen and respond to your tone, volume, emotion and other non-verbal cues when you speak to them.  To discover this,Ratcliffe and her supervisor David Reby...

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