Does the thought that your dog ever understands your words and emotions behind them ever cross your mind...Hmmm?



While you’re just making a one on one conversation with a family member or a friend, or whether you’re simply calling out your dog, is it possible that your dog is able to understand your words and the meaning behind them?

Well! Dog owners have hinted that their furry pals can understand them well, and now this has been proven by science. Therefore, it is safe to say that your dog really does understand you. The researchers at Budapest, Hungary conducted a groundbreaking study consisting of 13 family dogs, mostly Golden Retrievers and Border Collies to prove that dogs really do get you.

How a Dog's Brain Works?


Before talking about the results of this study, first let’s understand some basic functioning of the brain and how it actually works! 

As per the study, the brain consists of two hemispheres, namely the right hemisphere and the left hemisphere. The left hemisphere of a dog's brain is used by the dogs to process words, just like humans.

On the other hand, the right hemisphere is used to understand the intonation or the emotion behind each word.

And the center part of brain immediately reacts when praising words are being used, and if these words are to be used in a subdued manner, the dogs are able to tell the difference.

Dogs can really tell apart when the tone and the language are inconsistent. To prove that dogs can understand words and the meaning behind these words, the scientists at Budapest, Hungary laid down the dogs in a motionless state in a MRI scan for about seven minutes, and the trainers used speech to interact with these dogs, meanwhile looking into their brain activity. To test different parts of the brain, praise and non-praising words were used by the trainers to check their reaction to these words. The left hemisphere of the brain was used by the dogs to differentiate between meaningful and non-meaningful words and the right hemisphere part of the brain was used to differentiate between praising and non-praising words.

Praise words such as ‘clever’, ‘well done’ were used, and common words such as ‘yet’ and ‘if’ we're not meaningful to the dogs. The results turned out to be quite interesting, stating that dogs only reacted to these praise words when they were used in a cheerful tone, and could easily tell apart when a non-praising tone was used. This activated the reward center part of the brain, which only reacts to pleasurable stimuli including food, sex, or being petted.

This part of the brain was only active when they heard praising words in a pleasant tone. Quite interestingly, the brain functioning mechanism of dogs is very similar to that of humans. Dogs can not only tell apart between what we say and how we say it, but they have the power to combine these two for a meaningful interpretation, similar to what human brains can do.

In conclusion, it is safe to say that dogs really do understand what we say, and they can interpret the meaning of these words without facing any difficulty. This brain study has proven to be quite surprising, the Scientists at Hungary believe that these neural mechanisms are more widespread than we thought, and more ancient than we think. Dogs can match objects to words, learn the basic components of grammar and can be directed by human language. It has also been proven that dogs are more similar to human beings than it was previously known, and use the same regions of the brain to process language and interpret the same.

The functioning of the brain has proven to be complex and much more diversified than we’re led to believe, and Scientists have been engaged in these studies and researches to extract information about the functioning of canine brains, and how similar they are to humans. If you’ve been randomly throwing words at your dog since day one, be assured that they understand your words and can successfully interpret the meaning behind each of these words used. Don’t take your pooch for granted, they’re really much smarter than we tend to believe!