The Talking Dog is a unique and amusing way to teach your dog basic communication skills. It is an excellent video to help your dog learn to speak to you as well as to others as well as to understand the distinction between saying “no” and “OK.” You’ll learn an entire world of vocabulary beyond the standard A-B-C’s that dogs can make use of. This video will also introduce your dog to some fascinating facts about dogs and their language. The more you use this video with your dog the more it will help them learn speaking. They listen to what you say!
Hans Pastusz Rohen, an animal behaviorist and award-winning animal behaviorist, created the Talking Dog video. He specializes in understanding the psychology of dogs and how our furry friends utilize complex math to solve problems. His discoveries have earned him many awards like the 1999 Breakthrough Award by the American Psychological Association (London, England) and the Royal Society of Medicine (London, England).
In The Talking Dog, von osten shows us a strange peculiarity: our dogs appear to be able comprehend the meaning of words even when they haven’t heard them before. He explained that the reason he discovered the talking dog phenomenon was because dogs employ the same processing methods as humans when processing information verbally. He found that dogs make use of an illusion known as the stumpfog effect, which is basically a fancy name for what’s known as the “illusory auditory system.” This is essentially what allows a person to understand speech when they’ve never heard it before.
Von Osten, who explains in The Talking Dog that dogs utilize the same method as humans to process spoken words. The ability of dogs to connect certain sound-ixtures, such as snaps and clicks within sentences, to visual images is the main reason. Basically, dogs are using the same kind of connections as people when trying to make meaning of the visual information they’re getting.
To test this out, von osten recorded a number of dog sounds and then asked some dog owners to view the same things being said by a person. The owners rated how accurately they understood the meaning of the video. The results were intriguing: the more of an effort the dog’s owner put into listening to the sound the more accurate their assessment of the speaker’s voice was. Dogs process video and audio in the same way. The dogs also were able to recall the names of speakers they heard.
In addition to talking dogs, von Osten also has written books on the topic. One book, called What Every Dog Owner Must know, explains the experiment with a talking dog and explains the significance of the theory. In that book, the theory is further explained and the amount of slips or buttons employed are described. Although the idea is not completely new, it is still a mystery to dog owners. Many of the details are also new to me. I have seen that other researchers have replicated the same results, but I am not an expert in this field and cannot confirm its reliability.
The book is not an exact replica of the Talking Dog phenomenon. However, I found it to be a fascinating book and would recommend it highly. I am not a scientist, so I cannot verify the accuracy of any claims made in the book. I am, however, extremely enthusiastic about the idea and am sure that other dog lovers will see this as a wonderful method to learn about the psychology of their pet. Much as the clever Hans canaries can waggle their way through an interview, my dog is able to communicate with anyone, at any time, saying whatever comes to his mind. It’s truly amazing and I’m looking forward more books from this author possibly in the style of his “Dog Whisperer” series.