Dogs are capable of distinguishing between various dialects

Of course, you believe your dog understands you when you speak to him or her. What would happen if a dog suddenly found itself in a place where everyone spoke a different language? Researchers have recently discovered through the use of brain imaging techniques that dogs can tell the difference between languages they are familiar with and those they are not. The findings, according to the researchers, are the first proof that a non-human brain can tell the difference between different languages.

For the first time, researchers found that dogs’ primary auditory cortexes could differentiate between speech and scrambled, nonspeech.

In the same way that humans and dogs can tell the difference between speech and nonspeech, so can dogs. Speech detection in dogs may be based on a different mechanism than in humans, which may simply be the ability to detect how natural the sound is in comparison to other sounds.

Older dogs’ brains were found to be better at distinguishing between familiar and unfamiliar languages. As a result, it appears that the more time a dog spends with its owners and is exposed to a language, the better they are able to decipher it.

Language recognition is easier for dogs who have a close relationship with their owners. There is some debate among scientists as to whether dogs are the only non-human animals that can tell one language from another.

By studying dogs, researchers can gain a better understanding of how speech perception has evolved over time. Because they have coexisted with humans for millennia, dogs make an ideal role model. What else comes to mind when we wonder if other species care about what humans do? Dogs.

We can learn, for example, that different brains—with different evolutionary paths—can perform a similar task.