If the unhappy baby doesn’t get the parents’ attention, the friendly canine sure will!
Babies don’t have many options to voice their wants and needs; they can really only cry and then wait for someone to come by and run through the gamut of possible solutions. Through the unhappy noises, parents will check for dirty diapers, try feeding them, rolling them into a more comfortable position, check if they are thirsty, see if they are too hot or too cold – anything to get them to calm down. One adorable Japanese infant is having some sort of difficulty associated with baby life, and begins to voice a complaint, when a surprising third party joins in the cries.
The talkative pooch can’t let its little master suffer either and joins the call with its own unique “wail”. The little tot looks as surprised as we feel and immediately stops crying when the dog joins in.
▼ “And what do you think you’re doing?”
It turns out that domesticated dogs make a whole lot more sounds and calls than their wild ancestor, the wolf. It is hypothesized that during the domestication process, because of their closeness to humans, dogs have learned more sounds in order to better communicate with us (the same theory holds for domesticated cats). Many dog owners can easily differentiate between the different barks and noises that dogs make, much in the same way that babies have different cries.
So while babies and dogs certainly can’t express themselves with enunciated words, there is definitely a communication technique that both babies and dogs can use with their caregivers. Perhaps just as dogs are man’s best friend, they can be baby’s best friend too!
Source, images: YouTube/WaioliCoCo