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A team of researchers with the University of Sussex, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and the University of Lyon, has found that dogs are able to detect minor differences in spoken human words. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the group describes experiments they carried out with pet dogs and what they learned about their ability to hear slight differences in human language.
Most people know that dogs can be trained to understand some words spoken by humans—sit, beg and stay are some familiar examples. But it has been assumed that dogs do not really follow or even listen to regular human conversation, because they are not able to understand what is being said. In their new effort, they found that dogs are able to notice when they hear words that they have not heard before. The researchers came to this conclusion by carrying out an experiment that involved taking video of dogs as they listened to human voices through a speaker.
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In all, the researchers recorded 42 dogs of different breeds as they listened to words emanating from the...
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