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'Pet-Directed Speech' Used By Women To Talk With Their Dog

Feb 28, 2017 02:41 PM EST

How women adopt baby talk when speaking to their dog by varying the tone, pitch
(Photo : VIRAL/Youtube) How women adopt baby talk when speaking to their dog by varying the tone, pitch

Experts found a way on how women convey the message to their dog. The use of baby-talk or self-directed speech dog can understand.

In a report from Mail Online, experts have found out how women use the pet equivalent of baby talk to convey the message with their dog. Pet-directed speech is a form of conversing that uses varying tone, pitch, and intensity of their voice similar to newborn babies ways.

On the other hand, an Infant-Directed Speech or IDS which is commonly known as "Motherese" or mother's way of talking to babies is similar with PDS. Using a sing-song voice with simpler grammar, shorter phrases, more repetition, and slower speech rate IDS has been used.

Either of PDS or IDS according to NPR can be used as the best way for the owner and her dog to understand each other. In a study done by scientists, 34 women were put into further observation.

The 34 women were invited to interact and speak with their dogs in four different contexts. These contexts are before a brief separation, after a reunion from that brief separation, during play and last is when giving commands.

On the four different contexts, women used a low pitch, high-intensity variations, few modulations and with very few but effective emotion-based sentences during the before separation context. While the reunion interactions were done at oppositely. The same happens with the situation context on during play and giving commands.

Like mothers, the study proved that it is best when women speak baby talk to their dog, just like how mother communicate with their newborn. Also, the use of verbal and non-verbal tricks and the intended function of vocal utterances provide dogs with information about their intentions and emotions.

Sarah Jeannin from the University of Paris Nanterre said, "Our results show that female owners do adapt the way they communicate with their dog. This is to optimize the transmission of their intentions and emotional states which would likely result in better social interactions." The study of Pet-Directed Speech can be adopted by other pet or dog lovers who wanted to do better care.

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