Dog 'Talks' To Owner Using A Custom Soundboard
Stella already knows more than 29 words.
All dog owners wonder what their pets are thinking about. Sometimes they make it pretty clear, while other times you can't really tell what they want. This woman no longer has this problem, because she found a way to help her dog communicate.
Christina Hunger is a 26-year-old speech-language pathologist. She has created a soundboard to help her 18-month-old dog communicate. Using this device, when Stella wants to 'talk', she just steps on the buttons corresponding with words her owner recorded and programmed into the device.
Thanks to the device, Stella can tell Christina important things, like when she's tired and wants a nap, when she's hungry and wants food, or when she wants to go to the park.
One day, when Stella was whining at the door, Christina assumed she wanted to go outside. But Stella walked to her soundboard and stepped on the words 'Want', 'Jake', 'Come'. Then, she stood in front of the door until Jake - Christina's fiancee - came home. When he arrived, she went back to the device, pressed 'happy', and rolled over for a belly rub.
As a speech-language pathologist, Christina helps one- and two-year-old children with their speech. She started teaching her dog word when Stella was just 2 months old. The dog now knows more than 29 words and can even combine up to five words to make sentences.
"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," Christina said.
According to her owner, Stella's favorite words are 'walk' and 'beach'. Christina plans to teach Stella new words, and help others communicate with their dogs, too.