Why Your Canine Best Friend Really Is a Good Listener

Findings suggest that dogs process verbal content separately from emotional parts of speech, meaning your canine best friend actually pays attention to you.
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Findings suggest that dogs process verbal content separately from emotional parts of speech, meaning your canine best friend actually pays attention to you.
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Your already loveable pup pays attention to you and what you say, securing his best-friend-forever status.

You know that your deepest secrets and emotional outpourings are safe with your trusty canine companion, but don’t assume they’re falling on deaf ears: It turns out dogs may be better and more sensitive listeners than we suspected. Researchers at the University of Sussex, in the United Kingdom, observed that dogs turn their heads when they hear words they know (like “Come!”) versus unfamiliar sounds, such as the same command in a foreign language. And when researchers spoke gibberish, the dogs focused on who was speaking and the emotion conveyed in their tone. These findings suggest that dogs process verbal content separately from emotional parts of speech, just like humans.

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