Do you ever feel like a moron when you’re talking to your dog? Do you feel like there’s zero chance they understand you? Well, rest easy: It turns out they actually DO.
A new study out of Hungary and published in New York Times took brain scans of dogs when their owners talked to them, and it found they recognize whether the words you say are praising them, disciplining them, or neutral.
The tone of voice you use makes a difference, of course but dogs can also pick up on body language clues, and learn words over time. So, even if you say “You’re a bad dog” in a sweet voice, they know it’s NOT praise.
If your dog could talk can you imagine what they would say?!?!?!