This Girl Tells Her Dog: “I Love You.” The Dog’s Reply Brought Her To Tears.
So is it possible for a dog to learn how to talk? In the 1912 Harry Miles Johnson of Johns Hopkins University said in a paper in Science it is not possible. He agreed with the findings of Oskar Pfungst of the Institute of Psychology at the University of Berlin who studied dogs’ communication. Johnson stated that the dog’s speech is “the production of vocal sounds which produce illusion in the hearer.” It is more appropriate to call it imitation. Dogs are sensitive to different tones. They can determine our mood by the sound of our voice. Dogs express their emotions by varying their tones. So it is not hard for them to imitate the human speech, especially for a reward. Dogs are not able to use their lips or tongues for communication. That’s why they have a problem pronouncing consonants. However, there is no proof that dogs understand what they say. But they surely understand our speech and body language. A gifted border Collie, Rico, learned the names of more than 200 objects using a technique called fast-tracking, that is also used for teaching small children.