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Sun, Jan 20 | By Matt Van Hoven | 861

HUNGARY – Scientists studying patterns in dog barking have created software that can understand canine communication. Csaba Molnár from Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary and his research team studied 6,000 barks from a group of 1… more ›

Doggie Dialect Interpreted by Computers
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mandy r.
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mandy r.
2 years ago

My dog's words would be...Play, Treat, & Potty....probly in that order too!

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
4 years ago

I'm surprised the computer is better than humans at interpreting what a dog's bark means.

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Katie M.
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Katie M.
4 years ago

Sounds like an interesting study.

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Sheryl J.
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Sheryl J.
5 years ago

Interesting, I also would love to know what dogs hear when we talk to them. They are in tune to our feelings; think everyone would agree, I know they can understand tone and pitch, so on. But when we talk to them like our kids, do they really hear what we say or does it sound like a bunch mumbo jumbo?

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Charleshjr
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Charleshjr
5 years ago

I doont think we needed this study, I can interrpet what my pet is trying to tell me and that is called bonding

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Buckking
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Buckking
5 years ago

Is this really a necessary bit of informatin, kinda think not

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Michaelyn
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Michaelyn
5 years ago

Interesting and complex like a good wine.

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Chris M.
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Chris M.
5 years ago

Very cool!

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

There are all kinds of studies out there. I could see how this one would be interesting but it was 43% accurate. I think if you are around your dog and part of his life, you can understand what he wants, but once in a while I wish they did speak English.

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Marisa M.
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Marisa M.
5 years ago

Can't you tell when your pet is angry or happy when they bark? Do we really need someone to sit around and analyze it?

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BuilderBob
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BuilderBob
5 years ago

I guess this is really important to know???

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Ralph M.
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Ralph M.
5 years ago

This is good news, not just for training purposes,but would help a vet treat an ailing dog.

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Michaelyn
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Michaelyn
5 years ago

They always want food regardless of barks.

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Deegee2530
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Deegee2530
5 years ago

hmmmm sounds like guess work.

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Illbewaitingpet
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Illbewaitingpet
5 years ago

Interesting but I think my dogs tell me loud and clear what they are saying!

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Saskia M.
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Saskia M.
5 years ago

interesting...

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Keri W.
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Keri W.
5 years ago

Odd.

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Amy R.
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Amy R.
6 years ago

would love more follow up. i just know it's coming

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Sharon S.
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Sharon S.
6 years ago

I think after you are with a dog or cat for a while, you can sort of interpret what they are saying or what they want at least. It is body language and the tone of their bark or meow. Just different things that we put together to communicate with them. I dont' think we need fancy things like this.

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Michelle H.
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Michelle H.
6 years ago

I think a lot of individual owners can tell what their animals are saying. I am a little skeptical of this. I remember some product being sold not long ago that was suppose to do this., but I don't think it is still being sold.

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mARY ANN M.
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mARY ANN M.
6 years ago

43% accuracy. Isn't that less than random guessing? I suppose it depends on the parameters of the tests and number of possibilities though.

It would be great if we could decipher what our animals are saying to us. I have parrots...they just tell me. This morning Opus said "I'm sorry" after I turned my back on him for biting me.

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Dsnyder
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Dsnyder
6 years ago

I am a bit skeptical about the usefulness of the results. Just because we can identify different sounds does not mean we can interpret them--plus the sounds might all vary by individual dog or by bread etc which would make it next to impossible to determine what any particular dog was saying.

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Loishill
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Loishill
6 years ago

I think this would be hard to prove

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Anna
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Anna
6 years ago

Wow, this sounds amazing. I hope to find out more about this soon!

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Morgan
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Morgan
6 years ago

There was an English woman on Oprah last year who deciphered baby cries. If I hadn't seen this, I would find this dog interpretor unbelievable. Can't wait to find out more about this

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D. Rene
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D. Rene
6 years ago

More research is needed.

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Heather
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Heather
6 years ago

I don't think I want to know what my dog is saying. What if they are forever teen agers?

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LynnLucyDoris
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LynnLucyDoris
6 years ago

Well they get our hopes up...and then say most of what they are researching is not possible yet. I guess it can serve a purpose...but I wonder if the money could be spent more wisely...researching animal health issues.

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

I think way more research needs to be done here

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Flowerhead910
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Flowerhead910
6 years ago

More research is needed, I like that they are doing it.

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Loosey
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Loosey
6 years ago

43% doesn't sound too convincing!

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Satana H.
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Satana H.
6 years ago

This could be very interesting. Who wouldn't want to know what their dog's thinking? Not so sure I buy into it tho.

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Catherine T.
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Catherine T.
6 years ago

I'm a little skeptical of this...but one can't be sure. 43 percent isn't that high...

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jan l.
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jan l.
6 years ago

I agree with most of the other comments that we can recognize our dog's barks. I can tell when there is really someone on the property, or when they are barking for another reason. We have a herd of deer that come almost every day and they have a different bark when telling me that the deer are out there.

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TimDemp30
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TimDemp30
6 years ago

I don't know about this. I can already tell the difference in my dog's barks. Is this really necessary? Perhaps any money devoted to research such as this can be put to better use to save animals at shelters.

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LynnLucyDoris
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LynnLucyDoris
6 years ago

You have a good point. Most pet owners can almost "talk" with their dogs. The money might be better spent on more pressing animal issues in the areas of rescues, shelters and rehabilitation.

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Cindy M.
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Cindy M.
6 years ago

I disagree my dogs have different barks. They have an aggressive bark if their is a stranger outside as oppessed to a friendly come play bark if its a squirrel.

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Loveshorses
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Loveshorses
6 years ago

Sounds interesting

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Carol M.
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Carol M.
6 years ago

How fascinating. I try to be sensitive to what my dog is telling me, but sometimes I can't figure it out. I've always wished pets could talk. The fact is, they can; we just don't always understand them.

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

Most of us who have dogs can tell from the different kinds of bark, basically what's going on. The rest is body language. WE just have to be in tune with them. They already know what we're saying.

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Louise P.
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Louise P.
6 years ago

This is great. How fantastic it would be to know if your pet was hurting so you could help it or to know how it is feeling.

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Jholt
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Jholt
6 years ago

Interesting - needs a lot more research - 42% is not that impressive...

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Stacey C.
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Stacey C.
6 years ago

What I'd like to know is, how do they know they've interpreted correctly? Did they bring in a doggie psychic, too?

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

You may have seen on tv, where the sounds of whales and dolphins have been studied. This is just the beginning.

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Stacey C.
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Stacey C.
6 years ago

Scary! I'm not sure I want to know what my dog is thinking!

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Barbara K.
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Barbara K.
6 years ago

I don't believe it

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Tiffany S.
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Tiffany S.
6 years ago

I guess we have our 4 legged babies so spoiled I know already what each soud they make means.

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

not sure what I think about this, but I do know that an owner does learn to understand their pet....computer---not sure

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Melissa7271
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Melissa7271
6 years ago

Very interesting. It will be even more interesting to see what they come up with in the future related to this information.

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Colin  S.
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Colin S.
6 years ago

THIS WAS A STUDY

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LynnLucyDoris
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LynnLucyDoris
6 years ago

A study indeed...with no conclusions to date. It's nice to know some researchers might think this possible, but let us know when you have definitive information. Hmmmmmm....maybe our 4-legged friend should do a study of us!!

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Courtney
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Courtney
6 years ago

Interesting. I wonder how different the "scientific" interpretation is from pet owners who know their pets' own special ways of communicating.

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LynnLucyDoris
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LynnLucyDoris
6 years ago

You have a good thought. Why do we always have to introduce "science" into the equation? Why not keep the mystery alive regarding the communication between man and his animals.

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Molly M.
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Molly M.
6 years ago

that is so cool.....i think i know what my dogs are trying to say most of the time. i would think most barks are related to food, outside, and love!

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Melissa S.
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Melissa S.
6 years ago

If scientists can get funding for a project like that, more power to them!

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