The Talking Dog is a fun and unique method to teach your dog the basics of communication. It’s a great way to help your dog learn to talk, both to you and to other people as well as to understand the difference between saying “no” and “OK.” You’ll learn an entire vocabulary beyond the standard A-B-C’s that dogs use. You’ll learn some fascinating facts about dogs and their language through this video. The more you utilize this video with your dog, the more it will help them master speaking. They are listening!
The Talking Dog video has been made by an award-winning animal behaviorist with an Ph.D. named Hans Pastusz-Rohen. He specializes in understanding the psychology of dogs and how canines use complex math to solve problems. His research has earned him numerous 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 peculiar phenomenon in which dogs can comprehend the meaning behind words even if they have never heard them before. He states that his discovery of the talking dog phenomenon is due in large part to the fact that dogs use the same sort of processing that humans use when processing verbal information. He discovered that dogs make use of an illusion known as the stumpfog. It’s basically an abbreviation of what is commonly referred to as the “illusory hearing system”. This is essentially the reason that people are able to understand speech when they’ve never heard of it before.
In The Talking Dog, von osten clarifies that dogs employ the same process as people to process the meaning behind spoken words. Their ability to connect specific sound-ixtures, such as snaps and clicks within the form of a sentence, to a visual image is the most important thing. Dogs use the same neural connections as humans to interpret the visual information they receive.
To test this out, von osten recorded a number of dog sounds and asked some dog owners to watch the same things being said by an individual. The owners were asked to rate how accurately they were able to comprehend the meaning of the video. The results were intriguing: the more of an effort the dog owner put into listening to the sound the better their understanding of the speaker’s voice was. It appears that dogs process sound and video in a similar way. In addition, the dogs seemed to remember the names of the speakers they heard the sound from!
Von Osten also wrote books on talking dogs. The book What Every Dog Owner Needs to Know provides information on the experiment with talking dogs and also explains the theory. In the book the theory is explained and the number of buttons or slips that are used are explained. The concept isn’t completely new, but it’s new to dog owners and many of the details are new to me too. While I have read about other researchers getting similar results, I’m not able to confirm its validity.
In conclusion, even though the book isn’t an attempt to replicate the scientific research behind the Talking Dog phenomenon, I consider it an interesting read and believe it is well worth your consideration. I do not, however, claim to be a scientist, and can’t confirm the truthfulness of any of the claims made in this book. I am, however, an avid fan of the concept and am sure that other dog lovers will see this as a fantastic way to educate themselves on the behavior of their pet. Just as smart Hans canaries can waggle throughout an interview, my dog is able to talk to anyone, at any time, by saying whatever comes to his mind. It is truly amazing and I’m looking forward to more books from this author maybe in the style of his “Dog Whisperer” series.