A recent study, conducted by researchers at the University of York, suggests that veterinarians should use “baby talk” when interacting with canine patients that are unfamiliar with. The study shows that this way of communicating with the dogs relaxes them and makes them more comfortable, especially if it is a first-time visit to the clinic.

The study is published in the “Animal Cognition” journal. The study monitored several varying reactions of the subjected dogs when humans (unknown to them) talked to them in different speech modes, from baby talk to dog talk. The researchers say that high-pitched tone, exaggerated intonation and lots of praise words like “good boy/girl” are a must to make the dog relaxed.

They say that this is especially helpful with puppies that come for the first time at the vet, to form a bond with the vet and a positive association with the veterinary clinic.

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