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Can Dogs Understand What We Say?

Dog owners talk to their pets all the time, offering praise, encouragement or even scolding. But most dog owners don’t really believe that the dog actually understands what they are saying. Rather, they probably believe the animals are picking up more from their owners’ voice level, intonation and body language.

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But new research examining dogs’ brains has revealed some interesting insights into how dogs process language, and that they may actually gain some understanding of the meaning of words.

The research appears to show that dogs understand tone, words and that they work to process language a lot like humans do. In the research, investigators trained 13 dogs to lie completely still in an MRI machine, which scans the brain and can show which areas of the brain are active. The researchers scanned the dogs’ brains while their owners were speaking to them. First, the owners said words that carried a meaning in a mostly neutral tone. Then, they spoke gibberish to the dogs.

When the dogs heard the meaningful words, the scanner showed their left hemispheres lighting up. This is the area where language is processed. But when the owners spoke gibberish, the dog’s right hemisphere lit up. This is the area used to comprehend tone of voice.

When the words and the tone matched, both of the dog’s hemispheres lit up as the dog tried to interpret what was being said.

The researchers concluded that the speech processing centers in dogs and humans are more similar than people had imagined, because humans process language using the same hemispheres as the dogs for the same things.

Dogs’ reward centers are activated intensely when an owner’s words and tone of voice match when giving praise.

This is one of the first studies to look at how animals who are not primates process speech. But other studies have also shown the close bond between dogs and humans. Part of the reason for this is that they have evolved alongside humans and in relation to us.

One example of this bond was shown in a 2015 study. It showed that when dogs and their owners stare into each other’s eyes, they both experience a surge in the hormone oxytocin. In humans, this hormone is normally release during romantic encounters and is thought to help humans in bonding to others.

If your dog could talk to you, he’d probably ask you for a day away at

Barney’s Ranch where he can run around our 4,000-square-foot outdoor dog run and play with other dogs. Give us a call (469) 273-1661 for more information.

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Naming Your Dog: Some Common and Not-So-Common Names

It’s fun to name your pet. People usually give the naming process a lot of thought. It is important to pet owners. The name you give your pet says a lot about you as well, what your personality is like, and how you look at your dog in relation to you. Continue reading

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Summer Health and Safety Tips for Your Dog

People look forward to summer – and so do dogs. Who wouldn’t? The weather is warm, you can get outdoors in the sun, run around and play. It’s a wonderful season for your pet. Continue reading

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How to Get Some Help Paying Veterinary Bills

Although paying for your pet’s care may not ordinarily be a problem, occasions may arise – something unexpected or an emergency situation – when you are presented with a bill that is more than you can afford to pay. Continue reading

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Should You Get Health Insurance for Your Pet?

If you are looking for a clear cut answer to that question, you are unfortunately going to be disappointed. There really is no definitive answer. It depends on a number of different factors. Continue reading

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Caring for a Small Dog

When talking about small dogs, we are referring to breeds that are usually less than 18 inches high and under 20 pounds in weight. Some examples of small dogs include breeds such as West Highland Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers, Pomeranians, and Shih Tzu. They may look like cute little toys, but they are real, live animals that need a lot of care if they are to live happy lives.

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 Finding the right kind of dog.

Some breeds of dogs might do better in your particular household than others. After you have chosen a few breeds you like, you should do a little research on them to find out what kind of care they will need and what kind of personalities they have.

Training.

They may look cute and cuddly, but small dogs have a mind of their own and can take advantage of you if you don’t take control. That means training. They need to know what the rules are. They should be able to follow simple commands, such as sit, stay, heel, and come.

You need to spend time with your dog to get him used to being around people. When training, rewards work really well as incentives for small dogs.

You also need to begin house training the dog as soon as possible.

Feeding.

Again, they may be small, but they will eat whatever they can find, so you need to have the right food for your dog and make sure to keep him away from foods that can be harmful. You need to establish a consistent feeding schedule that works for your dog. For small dogs, generally two to three times a day is a good schedule, giving them small meals.

You also need to make sure that your dog always has clean, fresh water because he can become dehydrated very quickly.

Grooming.

Some small dogs with long coats need a lot of grooming. If the coat is long, you may need to brush it every day to keep it from becoming tangled or matted. So, invest in a good brush and a pair of scissors for cutting stray hairs. For big jobs, like a haircut, you will need to take the dog to a professional.

Health.

Small dogs generally live a little longer than their larger counterparts. But there are certain health problems they are more prone to, such as hip and kneecap problems, in addition to skin conditions.

Naturally, you want to take your pet to the vet for regular checkups and make sure he has all his vaccinations. Keep an eye on your pet’s weight and his general health. If you notice your dog is listless or not eating, it’s time to get him in for medical attention.

And small dogs need exercise too. Take your pet for a walk. Check Kennel Club websites for information about how much exercise your small dog needs.

Speaking of exercise, board your small dog here at Barney’s Ranch  for the day or overnight, and he will be able to enjoy our 4,000-square-foot outside dog run. Doggy heaven! Call us at by (469) 273-1661 for more information on our boarding services.

 

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Skin Conditions in Dogs: How to Spot and Treat

If you see your dog continually scratching and chewing his fur, and his coat has lost its luster, he or she may have a skin condition. This is among the most common ailments afflicting canines, accounting for one-fourth of all the trips to the vet. Here are some of the most common skin problems and what to do about them. Continue reading

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Training Your Dog Not to Nip

Does your dog nip? Even though your pet is not actually biting you, nipping can still be painful, and something you don’t want your pet doing. How can you stop it? Continue reading

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What to Do When Your Dog Soils the Rug

There are many different reasons why a dog might begin to soil inside the house. It’s important to ascertain the exact cause so you know what particular course of action to take as far as treating it. Continue reading

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Help Your Dogs and Cats Get Along

You may have a dog and want to get a cat too, or vice versa. But you are understandably concerned about how the two animals will get along. To ensure a friendly relationship, you need to pay special attention to the way in which you introduce the animals to each other. This is of key importance. Here’s what you do. Continue reading

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