Those who make fun of animal lovers’ so-called “puppy voice” should stop doing it because according to a new study which the journal Animal Cognition recently published, a high-pitched tone might actually help strengthen the bond with your pet. It seems that many pet owners tend to exaggerate their speaking style every time they try to “talk”” with their dog or cat. But this could have a purpose because it can improve the pet’s attention skills and make them trust their owner even more.
According to co-author Katie Slocombe, this higher-tone in the voice is rhythmic and usually more common in western cultures. However, until now, it wasn’t clear whether or not it benefitted a dog, let’s say, in the same way it benefits a baby. So, the team of researchers took this idea and tried to find an answer to this mystery. In order to do this, the team collected the reactions of 37 pets to normal versus “puppy voice”. The researchers noticed that the dogs wanted to interact more with the person who used the high-pitched voice. It seems that the experts also used both related and non-related dog phrases. Each time a dog-related phrase was paired with a “puppy voice”, the pet was attracted to that person.
Using your “puppy voice” helps your relationship with your pet
According to the experts, dogs might be able to first recognize your intonation, so they know you are talking to them. Then, they can realize whether or not what you’re saying has anything to do with them and react accordingly. It’s interesting that older research has suggested that puppies are even more likely to reach to this type of voice.
The pets’ reactions might also depend on where they came from. For example, animals from a shelter might not react the same way a household pet would.
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