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Dogs can recognize different languages and nonsense words, study says
Dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years. Naturally, they are exposed to the languages that their human friends speak. So, do dogs in Hungarian families recognize when a different language, say Spanish, is spoken to? Researchers tried to find that out by scanning the brain activity of the dogs when they hear unfamiliar language and words. And sure enough, when a foreign language is spoken, the brain of the dogs tested showed different activity patterns. Also, the brain showed a similar response when nonsense words were spoken to them. According to the research, dogs seem to distinguish not only the tone and manner (how) but also what is actually said. Researchers think that such cognitive ability is similar to the one that very young human babies possess before they learn to speak. Can dogs then become bilingual when they are trained? Will it be confusing to train a dog in several different languages?
Enjoy reading the article and learning about how dogs react to different languages and words.