If you needed more proof that we ascribe human emotions to our dogs, here it is:
“Researchers from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences played people recordings of dogs barking and whining, and asked them to assess the canines’ emotional states.
They did so using the same criteria they applied to recordings of humans, with short noises considered positive and high-pitched exclamations rated intense.
“Humans rate (each other’s) emotional vocalisations along basic acoustic rules, and they apply similar rules when processing dog vocal expressions,” the team reported in the British journal Biology Letters.”
So is the language of sounds universal, transcending the species barrier? Or did dogs evolve to mimic human sounds for their own use? Another mystery of science.