Your Dog Can Actually Understand What You’re Saying

No - really. Science says so

Your Dog Can Actually Understand What You're Saying

by Alyss Bowen |
Published on

A study published in Science Journalconducted by Hungarian researchers from the Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest have discovered that dogs understand what we mean when we talk to them. So yes, all those hours spent chatting to your dog (if you’re lucky enough to have a dog) is actually paying off.

According to the study, dogs are able to understand both what we say, and the tone in which we say it. According to lead researcher Attila Andics, ‘dogs brains, just like our brains, can separately process and also combine what we say and how we say it.’ The scientists discovered that when training the dogs in the study, the left side of their brains processed the meaning of the word, and the right side processed intonation – just like humans.

When the dog then detected a meaningful word (for example, a dogs favourite word: 'walkies') combined with a praising tone it activated the reward centre in their brains. So your dogs brain is actually more like yours than you’d think.

Like this? You might also be interested in…

**Science Says Dogs Really Hate Hugs. Really. **

**Kylie Jenner’s Got A New Dog And People Are Losing Their Shit **

**This Generator Tells You What Your Sleeping Spirit Animal Is **

Follow Alyss on Instagram @alyssbowen

This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this website, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust us