Communication is one of the best ways to understand what the other person is up to. Well, this is the case for humans only. If you wish to communicate with animals, you need to be sure about the best adaptable method for doing it. If you have a pup at your place, then sometimes you might become an open book to him, but in return, he just nods his head instead of saying anything. It might make you feel annoyed and make you wonder if a dog can talk like a human or if there is any possible way through which he can respond to you.
Well, if this has happened to you, here we have come up with all the answers so that next time you will not feel annoyed and understand your pup’s zone too.
Why Can’t Dogs Talk Like Human Beings?
According to research, a dog’s brain is not developed enough to distinguish between words with a single speech sound. For example, “sun or soon,” “moon or noon,” and some other words with the same single speech sound. In this situation, a dog resembles a human infant who also does not have the capability to make distinctions between words. Furthermore, at a dog’s age, they lose the ability to understand speech in the same way that humans do.
Can We Train Our Dogs To Talk Like Humans?
Well, when it comes to training dogs to talk like humans, it is possible. But understand that they use their vocalizations to communicate. They can’t use their lips and tongue like humans, so they’re trained to imitate certain sounds. It is entirely dependent on how your dog understands the sentence or how they communicate it. For example, most dogs convey “I love you” as “Wa-Rooo-Roo.”
Furthermore, when you are teaching a dog to communicate, it indicates training them to bark at a particular command. It is one of the easiest ways for humans to understand the state of their dog and look for solutions accordingly. Some steps to adapt to training a dog to bark on a particular command are as follows:-
- Let your dog bark primarily for you. When he barks, say “speak.” Consider it as a click and reward them. (Rewarding can be anything from a treat to you purchasing something useful for them.)
- Keep it up in association and let them practice it. Keep it mingled with the word “Speak,” but don’t forget to reward them always.
- Now start practicing it and see whether your dog responds to it or not. If they are responding to a particular command, VIOLA! You have trained them, and they are getting you too.
The Scientific Reason Why Dogs Can’t Talk?
It is clear that dogs cannot talk like humans, and the scientific reason is a difference in their voice boxes and their brain activity. The dog’s brain is not developed enough to understand words with a single speech sound. They find it difficult to know what the master is actually trying to convey.
But when it comes to conveying what a dog actually feels, they use some particular sounds like:-
- Growling in
Among all these sounds, barking is common, and it helps the master to know there is something troubling the dog. According to research, barking is a sign to convey that they are in need of something or they are going through something torturing, and they need human help to get rid of it. But reaching a conclusion on a general basis is not enough. So yes, do analyze other signs and symptoms too.
In most cases, a person can also read their body language. In particular, the parts that need to be focused on include:
- The tail
- The hair
- The ear
Along with these, goosebumps may also be there, which indicates the problem with dogs. Also, if you know your dog to the core, then noticing the sudden changes in their body language can also help. as in:
- wagging tail
- Wiggling their rear ends.
- Fight games
Disabilities With Dogs From A Human Perspective
From a human perspective, certain disabilities are also noticeable in dogs. These are:
- The creation of dog mouths is not for speech.
- The voice box in dogs is not developed enough to promote talking like human beings.
- Dogs think abstractly and within limits too. They learn about things, but it is not possible for them to build up the relationship between these words and things, along with emotions.
- Multisyllabic utterances are confusing for them.
- Dogs are not neurologically active enough to learn about phonemes.
- Dogs are not in a state to understand grammar.
How Do Our Dogs Communicate With Us, And How Do We Talk Back?
Starting to understand dog psychology to communicate seems to be difficult at first, but it is a fun learning experience. If you wish to know how dogs communicate with us or how we can talk back, just focus on the non-verbal cues given by dogs. The non-verbal cues indicate that a dog is not in a saturated state and there is something. The changes that appear can be due to excitement or trauma. But it entirely depends on the ongoing situation.
Let’s discuss the non-verbal cues in detail:
Tail language is among the common signs given by dogs about their state. But due to a lack of knowledge, we misunderstood it and were not able to understand what was actually happening. For example, we consider a wagging tail to be a happy state, but this is not the case. But some common tail motions to remember include:
- A curled tail indicates a relaxing state along with confidence or dominance.
- Fear and submission are indicated by lower-held or tucked tails that indicate fear and submission.
- A straight or stiff tail indicates the tracking activities in which a dog is engaged closely.
Ear language is also among the most considerable non-verbal cues to notice in dogs. Some common ear motions to remember include:
- Perky ears indicate that dogs are engaged in something with high focus.
- Droopy ears indicate submission.
- Ears in a pinned back state indicate that they are unhappy and uncomfortable.
Note: In general, the more flattened the ear, the more submissive the dog is, and the same is the scenario with other ear motions.
Eye language is also a part of non-verbal cues with dogs. Dogs do a lot with their eyes, and it is among the most popular dog languages. A master can easily understand whether his dog is happy or not. But it requires a bit of close attention and observation. Some eye motions to notice are:
- Unblinking eyes indicate aggression.
- Frequently, closing eyes indicate pleasure.
- The white of the dog’s eye indicates alertness and that they need space.
Mouth language is also noticeable in dogs. You can easily see whether your dog is smiling or is angry. If your dog is smiling, they are in a relaxed state, but if they are not, then you must be aware of what is happening and conclude about it.
Dogs cannot talk like humans but adapt to their own ways of communicating with us. If we try, we can teach our dog how to communicate, but in their language only. Some noticeable non-verbal cues are also there that are helpful in understanding the current state of the dog.
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I am a dog lover who spent her childhood in the company of a friendly Labrador Retriever. I believe that pets make our lives more enjoyable and stress-free. So, here I am, attempting to share my experiences and knowledge to improve the lives of pets and pet owners.