According to a recent study conducted at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, our human ability to understand dogs probably peaks at around 10 years of age.
By age 10, children seem to develop a natural talent for decoding dog barks.
According to study authors Péter Pongrácz and Csaba Molnár: "This shows that the ability of understanding basic inner states of dogs on the basis of acoustic signals is present in humans from a very young age.
These results are in sharp contrast with other reports in the literature which showed that young children tend to misinterpret canine visual signals." A few years ago, study author Pongracz and colleagues took a look at how well people were able to distinguish five different canine emotional states based on the barks of a Mudi, which is a Hungarian herding dog.
This seems to indicate humans and canines might have the ability to communicate at a higher level than the universal mammal language.
High-pitched barks with longer intervals between barks were perceived as less aggressive than faster, lower-pitched barks.
The study, published in the journal Study participants had to match the barks to three types of human facial expressions, including fearful/lonely, angry and playful.All of the kids and adults had no trouble picking out angry barks.Celebrity chef and US wellness journalist reveals her top tips for making a clean green drink with Daily Mail Online.By following her advice, you can ensure your smoothie is healthy - and doesn't pack on the calories Blending a green smoothie can be a great addition to your healthy lifestyle, Ms Kumai says.
The five states were aggressiveness, despair, fear, happiness and playfulness.
The researchers concluded changes in tone, pitch, and elapsed time between barks determined how study participants categorized the emotional states behind the barks.