According to recent research, talking to your dog in that ridiculous voice actually aids their development. Whoszagoodboyofscienceyesyesyouare!
Due to an expansive study of very good boys in the British Isle, it seems that baby talking your pooch actually aids their development. Researchers from the University of York looked to examine the true value of that voice you do when you see your dog/your dog sees you.
Unlike previous experiments, the research team positioned real humans in the same room as the dog, rather than broadcasting speech over a loudspeaker without a human present. It was, not just to see if the test hounds paid more attention more to ‘dog speak’, but were also motivated to spend more time with the person who had spoken to them in that way.
The speakers mixed dog-directed speech with non-dog-related words. Or simply put, doggo talk versus non-doggo talk. This was all in aid of allowing the researchers to understand whether it was the high-pitched emotional tone of the speech that dogs were attracted to, or the words themselves.
Alex Benjamin, from the University’s Department of Psychology, said: “We found that adult dogs were more likely to want to interact and spend time with the speaker that used dog-directed speech with dog-related content than they did those that used adult-directed speech with no dog-related content. When we mixed-up the two types of speech and content, the dogs showed no preference for one speaker over the other. This suggests that adult dogs need to hear dog-relevant words spoken in a high-pitched emotional voice in order to find it relevant.”
So, consider the entirety of the claims legit, and easily applied to that very best of good boys that you know personally.