Hungarian scientists made a study in which it was proved what dog owners have long known : Dogs understand what they are talking about.
They scanned the brains of 13 dogs while their coach addressed to determine which hemisphere of the brain is active. It was discovered that dogs, just like people process the words in the left hemisphere of the brain, while the right hemisphere is used to analyze the tone of the human voice.
So the brains of dogs registered the talking, and the tone that was used said the neurologist Atila Andikj from the “Eötvös Loránd University” in Budapest. Although other species are probably also mentally able to understand the language, as dogs can, it is hard to determine why they don’t show any interest in the people’s language, said Andikj.
On the other hand, dogs have already socialized for thousands of years with people so they monitor very carefully what people are talking about to them and how they do it.
The study was published in the latest issue of “Science”, while the validity of it will require many other tests with dogs.