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Dog-directed speech: why do we use it and do dogs pay attention to it?

When talking to dogs, human adults use pet-directed speech, a similar pattern to infant-directed speech (high pitch, slow tempo) which is known to engage infants’ attention and promote language learning.

What about our dog companions?

An international research team lead by Nicolas Mathevon shows that puppies are highly reactive to dog-directed speech but that older dogs do not react differentially to dog-directed speech compared to normal speech.

Yet, human speakers employ dog-directed speech with dogs of all ages, suggesting that this register of speech is used to engage interaction with a non-speaking, rather than just a juvenile listener.

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