The much-awaited day of Christmas is very near, and people are getting ready to celebrate it with great enthusiasm and passion. After a long time of staying locked inside homes, the world will finally get a chance to celebrate the blessed festive.
One way to do so would be through songs and carols, but did you know that aside from us humans, our furry companions also highly enjoy songs too? Yes, dogs do listen to the rhythmic jingles and enjoy them.
A recent survey
A survey conducted by a charity organization labeled ‘Guide Dogs’, made this discovery. They also released a list of songs that canines enjoy the most.
In this survey, around 1,000 dog owners across the United Kingdom were incorporated. During this observation, 22% of dogs were more inclined towards songs that were upbeat. Other songs, which were quieter and calmer, got around 18% of the dogs happy as they were wagging their tails.
Songs that were slow and instrumental were preferred by 14% of dogs. They also found the list of the most popular Christmas songs that the dogs loved. These were
- All I want for Christmas is you
- Last Christmas
- Jingle Bells
This study was focused on not just the songs that the dogs preferred but also a brief observation was conducted on the impact that these songs had on dogs. 23% of the dogs that heard the song became hyper and energetic when they heard songs that they liked.
Similarly, 12% of dogs became a lot calmer. 11% of the dogs felt so calm when they heard music that perfectly aligned with their music taste that they fell asleep.
This reaction influenced the owners to play songs for their dogs once a week. Owners played their dogs’ favorite songs not just for fun but also so that the dog will feel more comfortable. 33% of the dog owners were set to prioritize the choice their dog had in music when it came to playing Christmas songs at home. This means that, when it came to playing suitable music for the festive day, dog owners were more likely to play songs that their dog liked.
All of this is definitely a fascinating discovery. Knowing that dogs have a taste in music and they like a certain kind of genre more than the other is interesting.
But this is not all about dogs. Studies have also found that dogs can actually learn words and phrases! This discovery in itself is highly interesting as it shows with time how dogs have evolved.
A dog’s vocabulary
A dog’s vocabulary is not as large and expanded as ours. This is just the way that when we say words like ‘walk’ or any other word that may have a positive ‘emotion’ related to it, your dog gets hyper. It is also possible that your dog determines the tone of your voice.
According to a study, dogs can learn 89 phrases or words. Words like ‘wait’ are also understood by our pooches. A dog cannot speak these words but they can understand them, which is good enough. They react to these words in a consistent way, which hints that they can comprehend language.
This conclusion was given after a checklist of vocabulary was given to 165 dog owners. The dogs varied in professions, breed types, and ages.
The breed of the dog and status of work, like a police dog, did influence the size of the vocabulary in some instances.
It has also been noticed that dogs can learn a lot of words if they are made to undergo intense training. In an online survey, dog owners reported that their pets responded to roughly 172 phrases and words.
The research in itself is a great beginning step in paving the path for scientists to discover the relationship between dogs and language.
Some researchers are of the view that dogs understand specific words, and some believe that they don’t understand fully formed sentences. While dogs can’t speak, they do communicate with us.
The way that dogs communicate with their human being is through their body language. With special gestures using their body, they try to make their human understand what is going on inside their brain. It is possible that when your dog is vocalizing more than usual, something may be bothering them or they may be in pain.
When it comes to body language, experts have written a handful of books on the said topic. But one cannot fully determine what your dog is trying to say simply based on their gestures. You also need to take into consideration the surroundings, environment, and context.
Only when you study the context and gestures simultaneously will you be able to figure out why your dog is behaving the way it is. Sometimes, an underlying medical reason might be causing your dog to act a certain way. To prevent this from happening, when your dog does something that it is not supposed to, take it to a vet. Only when you have exhausted every possible ‘medical complication’ should you move forward with determining what your dog is actually trying to say to you.
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