If you thought you were being weird or silly by speaking to your dog in a baby voice, never think that again! Science says keep it up!
Researchers at York University in the U.K.say speaking to your pup in a high pitched voice helps improve alertness, attention, and helps foster a stronger bond. They especially recommend using this voice with puppies, as it has a similar effect on them as it does with babies.
But, overall, science found that your dog actually LIKES being talked to in a baby voice. In the study, dogs were spoken to in high pitched dog-directed voices (such as “You wanna go for a walk?) and regular pitched voices. Guess which person the dogs wanted to play with??
Lead author Alex Benjamin told the Huffington Post:
“We’ve shown that dogs are sensitive to this type of speech and it might be useful to use when you meet a dog for the first time, or if you are interacting with a friends’ dog, for example. And if you already use baby talk with your own dog, you can use this study to justify that you aren’t being a ‘crazy dog mom!’”
So, no, you’re not crazy for talking to your dog like a baby. Science says keep it up!