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Owner Teaches Dog How To Talk Using Voice Buttons

Owner Teaches Dog How To Talk Using Voice Buttons

When your dog is barking non-stop, you're usually dying to have a way of being able to understand it.

While some of the barks might be obvious (they're begging to play or need to use the bathroom) others are a bit more cryptic.


Well, one woman from America has managed to pull off what was previously thought impossible: she's trained her beloved Stella how to talk.

Sadly, the Catahoula/Blue Heeler mix can't hold a conversation at the pub with its own voice box, but it can communicate basic commands with the help of a soundboard.

Owner and speech-language pathologist Christina Hunger started using the technology when the dog was just eight weeks old. Now Stella is 18 months old and she can say 29 words and even string them in a sentence.

Speaking to PEOPLE, Hunger said: "I'm in constant amazement and shock. Every day she says something cooler than she said the day before.


"The way she uses words to communicate and the words she's combining is really similar to a 2-year-old child. I think how important dogs are to their humans. I just imagine how much deeper the bond will be."

Unsurprisingly, the dog's favourite word is 'walk', followed closely by 'beach'.

Credit: hunger4words/Instagram
Credit: hunger4words/Instagram

Writing on Instagram, where Christina keeps people updated about Stella's progress, she said: "Stella uses language differently when she's in a heightened state versus when she's calm!

"Today when she heard some noises outside and wanted to go investigate, I told her we were staying inside.

"Stella responded by saying, 'Look' 9 TIMES IN A ROW, then 'Come outside'. She was clearly in a more frantic state, and her language use matched that. We all sound differently than normal when we're in distress, Stella included!

"I'm impressed that Stella is communicating with language during her more heightened states, not just when she's calm and in a quiet space. This shows me that words are becoming more automatic for her to use.

"It's similar to when a toddler starts using language to express himself during times of frustration instead of only crying. That happens when it's easy for the toddler to say words, not when he's still learning and it takes a lot of focus to talk."

Stella surprised Christina when it was standing by the door and whimpering one day.

After a bit of pacing back and forth, the dog went over to its soundboard and said 'Want', 'Jake' 'Come', saying that she wanted Christina's partner Jake to come home. In about 15 minutes, Jake walked through the door and Stella said the word 'Happy'.

Christina hopes to expand Stella's word use in the future to see just how many phrases the dog can muster.

What a good doggo.

Featured Image Credit: hunger4words/Instagram

Topics: Community, Animals

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.


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