Source: Parade

Many pet owners engage in baby talk, or pet-directed speech (PDS), when communicating with their dogs. Dr. Julie Buzby, a South Carolina-based veterinarian, acknowledges that even she is guilty of using baby talk with her dogs. PDS is similar to the speech patterns used when talking to babies, characterized by higher pitch and volume. Research suggests that dogs enjoy and respond positively to this form of communication.

The reason for this sensitivity is not fully understood, but it may be because dogs communicate with high-pitched sounds among themselves. Studies have shown that dogs are more responsive to PDS than standard adult speech patterns, although it’s uncertain whether dogs have learned this behavior or genuinely prefer it. Nonetheless, using baby talk with dogs can improve communication and strengthen the bond between owners and their pets.

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