Some love it, some hate it….but many people tend to speak to both babies AND dogs in a ‘baby voice’. And now, after exhaustive research, scientists have a pretty definitive answer on whether or not such a practice is beneficial…
Yes, it’s been scientifically proven in the past that ‘baby talk’ helps tiny humans pick up on language cues. But finally, there is evidence that it’s also helpful for canines.
Researchers looked at 37 pet dogs from volunteers to see how they reacted to baby speak, or ‘dog-directed speech’ (DDS). They discovered that, compared to a regular voice, DDS grabbed the dogs’ attention and held it longer. It’s also believed this type of speech can strengthen the bond between pooches and their owners.
There you have it. I don’t want Jen riding me for talking to Emmy the Dog in “our own language” any more. ‘Cause she’s a good dog. 🙂 ~ Jason