The Talking Dog is a unique and amusing way to teach your dog basic communication skills. It’s a great video to help your dog learn to talk to you as well as to other people as well as to understand the distinction between saying “no” and “OK.” You’ll learn a vast vocabulary beyond the standard A-B-C’s that dogs can utilize. This video will also expose your dog to some fascinating facts about dogs and their language. The more you play this video with your dog the more it will aid them in mastering speaking. They will pay attention to what you say!
The Talking Dog video has been developed by an award-winning animal behaviorist with a Ph.D. named Hans Pastusz-Rohen. He is an expert in understanding the psychology of canines and how they apply 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.
In The Talking Dog, von osten presents us with a bizarre anomaly: our dogs appear to be able to comprehend the meaning of words , even when they’ve never heard them before. He explains that his discovery of the talking dog phenomenon is due to the fact that dogs are able to make use of the same type of processing that humans use when processing verbal information. He discovered that dogs make use of an illusion called the stumpfog effect. It is essentially a fancy term for what is called the “illusory auditory system.” This is basically the reason that people are able to comprehend speech even though they’ve never heard of it before.
In The Talking Dog, von osten clarifies that dogs employ the same sort of method that humans use to interpret the meaning behind spoken words. Their ability to connect specific sounds, like clicks and snaps in a sentence, with an image is the most important thing. Dogs use the same connections as humans to interpret visual information they receive.
To test this, von osten recorded a number of dog sounds. He also asked some dog owners to view a video of the same things being said by a person. The video was then viewed by the owners , who were asked to rate how accurate they understood the meaning. The results were interesting: the more of an effort the dog’s owner put into hearing the sound the more accurate their assessment of the speaker’s message was. It seems that dogs process video and sound in the same way. Interestingly, the dogs also were able to remember the names of the speakers they heard the sound from!
In addition to talking dogs, von Osten also has written books on the topic. One of them, called What Every Dog Owner Must Know, contains the talk-dog experiment and explains the theories behind it. In the book the theory is explained and the amount of slips or buttons employed are described. The idea is not completely new, but it’s new to dog owners, and many of the details are unfamiliar to me, too. While I’ve read about other researchers achieving similar results, I am unable to verify its validity.
The book isn’t an exact replica of the Talking Dog phenomenon. However, I found it to be an interesting read and highly recommend it. I am not a scientist, therefore I am unable to verify the truthfulness of any assertions made in the book. I am awestruck by the concept and think it is an excellent way for dog lovers to understand their dog’s personality. Similar to smart Hans canaries who engage in conversations my dog is able to speak to anyone anytime and say whatever the mind wants to. It’s truly amazing and I’m eager to read more books by this author maybe in the style of his “Dog Whisperer” series.