The Talking Dog is a fun and unique way to teach your dog the basics of communication. It’s a great video to help your dog learn to speak to you and to others as well as to understand the distinction between saying “no” and “OK.” You’ll be able to discover an entire world of words that go beyond the A-B-C’s that dogs use. You will learn surprising facts about dogs and their languages through this video. The more you utilize this video with your dog and the more it will help them master speaking. They will pay attention to what you say!
Hans Pastusz Rohen, an animal behaviorist and award-winning behaviorist, created the Talking Dog video. He is a specialist in understanding the psychology of dogs and how our canine friends make use of complex math to solve problems. His research has earned him many awards including the 1999 Breakthrough Award from the American Psychological Association and the Royal Society of Medicine, both in London, England.
Von Osten’s book The Talking Dog reveals a strange anomaly in which dogs can understand the meaning behind words even when they’ve never heard them before. He explained that the reason he came across the talking dog phenomenon was that dogs can use the same methods of processing as humans when processing verbal information. He discovered that dogs make use of an illusion known as the stumpfog. It’s basically an abbreviation for what’s called the “illusory hearing system”. This is essentially what allows your average person to comprehend speech even though they’ve never heard it before.
Von Osten, who explains in The Talking Dog that dogs use the same process as humans do to process spoken words. Their ability to connect specific sound-ixtures, such as clicks and snaps in sentences, to a visual image is the key. Basically, dogs are using the same type of connections as people when trying to make meaning of the visual information they’re receiving.
To test this out Von Osten recorded a variety of dog sounds and then asked some dog owners to watch a video of the same things being said by an individual. The video was then watched by the owners , who were asked to rate how well they understood the meaning. The results were interesting: the more of an effort the dog owner put into hearing the sound the better their understanding of the speaker’s voice was. Dogs process sound and video in the same way. The dogs were also able to recall the names of the speakers they heard.
In addition to talking dogs, von Osten also has written books on the topic. One of the books, titled What Every Dog Owner Should Know, contains the experiment with a talking dog and explains the theories behind it. In that book, the theory is further explained and the amount of buttons or slips employed are described. The concept isn’t entirely new, but it is new to dog owners, and a lot of the details are new to me too. Although I have read about other researchers getting similar results, I cannot confirm the validity of the idea.
The book is not an accurate scientific representation of the Talking Dog phenomenon. However I found it be a fascinating read and recommend it highly. I do not claim to be a scientist and can’t confirm the truthfulness of any of the assertions made in the book. I love the concept and believe it’s a great way for dog lovers to gain insight into their dog’s psychology. Much like smart Hans canaries who waggle through interviews My dog can communicate with anyone anytime and say whatever his mind desires. It’s incredible. I am looking forward to reading more books by the author possibly in his “Dog Whisperer” series.