Study: Despite The Head-tilt, Your Dog Doesn’t Care What You Have To Say

By Chelsea Karnash

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Your dog has something to tell you: Less talking, more petting.

That’s right. Your (undoubtedly adorable) pooch has little to no interest in your constant goo-goo gah-gah talk. What he or she really wants is physical contact, and more of it.

In a new study published in the journal Behavioural Processes titled “Shut Up and Pet Me!”, researchers found that both shelter and “owned” dogs showed preference for petting over being talked to, and that vocal praise produced as little “proximity-seeking behavior” in dogs as no interaction whatsoever.

The research was done using shelter dogs, owned dogs and strangers, and owned dogs with their owners. Dogs received alternating periods of petting and vocal praise, vocal praise and no interaction, or received only petting for eight sessions that lasted three-minutes each.

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