Saturday 22 July 2017

Humans can understand dogs' growls

Humans have a surprising ability to understand doggy talk and translate the meaning of different growls, a study has shown.. Stock Image: PA
Humans have a surprising ability to understand doggy talk and translate the meaning of different growls, a study has shown.. Stock Image: PA

John von Radowitz

Humans have a surprising ability to understand doggy talk and translate the meaning of different growls, a study has shown.

Women were better than men at recognising when a dog was being playful or threatening, or feeling fear, scientists discovered.

For the Hungarian study, 40 volunteers listened to different growls recorded from 18 dogs that were guarding their food, facing a threatening stranger, or playing a tug-of-war game.

Overall, participants correctly classified 63pc of the growl samples - significantly more than would be expected by guesswork, said researchers.

The humans identified 81pc of the "play" growls.

Irish Independent

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