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62984.  Fri Mar 31, 2006 5:01 am Reply with quote

How can you tell if your adopted dog is from Liverpool?

It nicks your car.

By its Scouse accent.

Dogs have regional accents, according to researchers at the Canine Behaviour Centre in Cumbria.

While there are differences all across the country, Scouse and Scots dogs have the most distinctive accents. Liverpudlian Lassies have higher-pitched voices, whereas the Caledonian curs have a “lighter tone.”

The study was conducted by answering machine: owners and their dogs left messages on the Centre’s machine; experts then compared the pitch, tone, volume and length of the sounds made by human and dog.

Dogs imitate their owners, its thought, as part of the pack bonding process. The closer the bond between dog and human, the more similar they will sound. Strong, distinctive accents seem to be easier for dogs to imitate, not surprisingly. Some dogs have posh accents, just like Lady in the Disney film. A Disney spokesperson was delighted: "It seems we were right all along.”

Extra Notes:
According to the BBC, “dog trainer Stan Rawlinson” believes that dogs mimic the behaviour of their owners:
“A terrier with a young family with kids will probably be manic but put it with a little old lady and the dog will end up old before its time, shuffling along like its owner.”

“Panel - do you think owners grow to look like their dogs?”

Let’s not forget, Alan actually plays a dog, in “About a Dog” on Radio 4. Does he do his own noises, or does he have a stand-in for growling? And did he have his hair done like that specially for the part?

Links to:

Picture ideas:
One of those paintings of humanised dogs playing snooker or cards.

Daily Mirror, 13 February 2006

62985.  Fri Mar 31, 2006 5:06 am Reply with quote

MIght be an idea to keep an eye on this:

A psychology student plans to record the barks and growls of hundreds of dogs as part of a project into how canines communicate.

Anna Taylor is looking for about 300 noisy canine volunteers of all shapes and sizes to take part in the study.

The 23-year-old University of Sussex student hopes her investigation will cast light on how and why dogs use sound to communicate.


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