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Scientists Are Figuring Out How To Talk To Animals With AI

  • čas přidán 20. 02. 2024
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  • @williamwebb2042
    @williamwebb2042 Před 22 dny +1070

    For reasons I can not recall, a coworker, named Dan, brought his cockatoo to work with him. Mid-day Dan unexpectedly had to go visit a vendor. He left the cockatoo, named Cory, with me. The bird sat on my conference table as far from me as possible. He looked bored. I asked him if I could pick him up and he hissed at me. That was a NO. I said, okay Cory if you are bored you can play with my pencils. He proceeded to take pencils out of my pencil holder and roll them around and arrange them in various ways.
    Skipping three or four years ahead Dan was freelancing and I was working for a different company. I needed some engineering work done that was within Dan's expertise, so I stopped by his house to discuss the job. He was sitting at his workstation with Cory when I arrived. Cory looked at me for a moment, collected some pencils and set them down in front of me. He could not have communicated, "I remember you" more plainly.
    I have never felt more in touch with a non-human sentient being than sitting with that bird.

    • @anandsharma7430
      @anandsharma7430 Před 21 dnem +80

      Shaka, when the walls fell, er, box of pencils fell. 😀

    • @ace2627
      @ace2627 Před 21 dnem +74

      I think Cory knew you were going to be bored when you came and it was a plea for help... lol

    • @dannydetonator
      @dannydetonator Před 21 dnem +19

      I'm in metal engineering too and this is it, i'm getting myself a cockatoo!

    • @HH-ru4bj
      @HH-ru4bj Před 21 dnem +36

      ​@@dannydetonator Check the lifespan. I'm not googling it but some of these smart birds can out live you.

    • @nettewilson5926
      @nettewilson5926 Před 21 dnem +1


  • @DawnDavidson
    @DawnDavidson Před 20 dny +44

    My own cat, Alex, at the very end of his life, absolutely communicated with me very directly. He was ill, had cancer we couldn’t afford to diagnose or treat, and hadn’t been hopping on my lap because he hurt too much. But the day before he died, he came over to me, got up next to me, put his paw on my cheek, purred, and we just looked at each other for a bit. In retrospect, he was clearly saying goodbye. I was the one who didn’t understand him, not the other way around.

    • @ynraider
      @ynraider Před 12 dny +6

      Feral cats we fed as teens, they ALL said goodbyes like this before disappearing forever...

    • @fractalelf7760
      @fractalelf7760 Před dnem

      This brought a tear to my eye….

  • @Skijaramaz
    @Skijaramaz Před 22 dny +143

    I once had one hell of a intense moment of non-verbal communication with my cat - at least, that's how it felt. My own biases may be obfuscating reality a bit here, so take it with a pinch'o'salt. But a few years back, my cat and I, Maya, were playing in our living room. I had a toy and was waving it around, and Maya was chasing it down, paws swinging and all that. When I was about done playing, I went to drop the toy, but by bad luck that put my hand right in the path of Maya's claw. She got me, and she hadn't been trimmed in a little while, so her claw went and got stuck in the skin of my forearm. She tugged once, twice, and then held perfectly still. She just held still and waited, looking at me. Then she waited while I carefully pulled her claw out of my arm. She knew NOT to try and move and basically asked me 'Hey, can you deal with this?' all with a look.

    • @lu.ciel8770
      @lu.ciel8770 Před 15 dny +7

      What a smart and sweet kitty❤

    • @inyrui
      @inyrui Před 15 dny +14

      My dog does the same thing. If he ever scratches me or runs into me, he just looks at me like "oh dang." Then I tell him to say sorry and he shakes my hand and gets all happy again lmao

    • @changedpace9169
      @changedpace9169 Před 12 dny

      Your writing style is very pretentious. Like you took a singular creative writing course

    • @engine_erin
      @engine_erin Před 12 dny +21

      ​@@changedpace9169let them tell their story and live, negative Nancy.

    • @engine_erin
      @engine_erin Před 12 dny +1

      Thank you for sharing this story :)

  • @redpanda9367
    @redpanda9367 Před 21 dnem +83

    When I was a kid I worked at my local pet shop after school and thy had a scarlet macaw named Buddy who lived in the basement because he hated everyone. Every day for months all I did was talk to him and bring him dried fruit until one day he let me hand feed him and not long after that he was sitting on my arm as I cleaned other cages. I was maybe 12-13, I’m 35 now and I still think about him all the time…not adopting him is one of my big life regrets.

    • @Cathnova
      @Cathnova Před 8 dny +19

      in captivity scarlet macaws can live up to 75 years. Buddy might still be alive. And after reading first comment, he remembers you too.

    • @aceholepictures
      @aceholepictures Před 8 dny +11

      Go to him!

    • @WishfulCreation
      @WishfulCreation Před 5 dny +6

      That is sweet and sad. You may have been his only friend. It would be really cool to hear that he's still alive and you reunited with him.

    • @redpanda9367
      @redpanda9367 Před 5 dny +3

      @@WishfulCreation I would love that very much!!

    • @redpanda9367
      @redpanda9367 Před 5 dny +5

      @@Cathnova I might have to put a trip back home together and go find him!

  • @KatharineOsborne
    @KatharineOsborne Před 21 dnem +81

    So I have 6 buttons for my dog (water, treat, play, cuddles, settle, outside), and she uses all of the regularly except for "outside", which has been frustrating as that's the one button I really wanted her to use, especially during potty training. However I once locked her water bowl outside, and I have a big glass wall in the living room, with the buttons on one side and the water bowl was visible on the patio outside. After a couple of hours of it being locked outside and inaccessible, my dog pressed the "outside" button, and looked at the water bowl and looked at me, and I finally got it. I felt awful but I also felt amazed and proud. She understood the word "outside" at an abstract level. I had been teaching her to use it when she need to relieve herself, but she learned that it has multiple meanings and applied one of those meanings. I would have assumed she would press "water" if she wanted water (which she does when she wants fresh water), but she specifically chose "outside" to indicate a problem.
    I know that dogs don't have our level of capacity for language, but I'm convinced they are more capable than we might assume (really we just need to stop putting humans on pedestals so we can properly evaluate other types of beings).

    • @RichSDet
      @RichSDet Před 14 dny +2

      Putting SOME humans below on the intellectual scale may be an excellent idea. Did your dog think of that?

    • @charlie_p0011
      @charlie_p0011 Před 12 dny +3

      I hope those who feel their pets are capable of thinking and feeling apply it to animals other than their pets and stop eating them or exploiting them for milk.

    • @d3nza482
      @d3nza482 Před 10 dny +3

      No. Dog didn't understand anything "at an abstract level". You just convinced yourself that it did. DO NOTE that you're even describing the event as YOU FINALLY GETTING IT. Not the dog finally getting it "at an abstract level". I.e. On some level, you actually know you're fooling yourself, you're just not willing to admit that. You're too smart for that! You have a pedestal and all to prove that!
      Instead, you went ahead and constructed an entire complex reasoning and communication map for your dog. While also constructing reasoning how it was YOUR error not understanding the dog's way of thinking - all that rather than accepting the reality.
      That the dog is simply not able to communicate more than a few simple needs, completely unrelated to the buttons it is pressing, with you filling out the gaps with confirmation bias.
      Here's a hint.
      Had the dog been able to understand "at an abstract level" it would have been pressing "outside" and "water" repeatedly, until finally getting to you.
      Hell... it would scratch the patio door, bark or vocalize some other way. Do you really think your dog just gave up on all the millennia of built-in instinctual behavior in favor of some buttons - willing to sit there, thirsty, for hours, looking to make eye contact with you and the bowl? Is your dog SUCH a stickler for etiquette when it comes to water and food?
      Or have you instead cherry picked one single moment it stumbled onto "outside" button and eagerly read the meaning you were waiting for into that.
      The people who sold you that toy are basically using your dog to pull a cold reading scam on you.

    • @tondekoddar7837
      @tondekoddar7837 Před 8 dny +2

      @@d3nza482I've had several dogs, they did only do one thing. This terrier now, showed me new sentence, "play" "food" "outside", and took each (toy, showed want food and when I said ok backed up and brought leash as outside)... Yeah we had had 2 of those, but at friend's place we sometimes went to hunt moles on nearby place.
      I asked friend how much he'd be willing to bet we'll be beelining to that mole-field, didn't want any since watched same episode. Yes we usually went to other places there but dog remembered (30 mins walk there). So difference between dogs yes, and what interests them, probably not a fluke, not sure ofc. But beeline there. And the first two things dog did take back when I said "ok let's play" or didn't want "food/treats".
      Yeah, the dog did same "sentence" later in different place too, "let's go eat play with moles outside". Near other place.

    • @FJK22
      @FJK22 Před 5 dny +1

      @@d3nza482 chill. It’s not that serious.

  • @Ivan_Ooze
    @Ivan_Ooze Před 22 dny +105

    What’s really awesome is when you spend enough time with animals to pick up on their language and it looks like your a beastmaster to everyone else

    • @kennyoffhenny
      @kennyoffhenny Před 17 dny

      Bro played Minecraft

    • @aceholepictures
      @aceholepictures Před 8 dny +1

      Nah, bro went outside@@kennyoffhenny

    • @kennyoffhenny
      @kennyoffhenny Před 8 dny +1

      @@aceholepictures you tellin me you can talk to animals? 🤣

    • @aceholepictures
      @aceholepictures Před 8 dny

      read OP@@kennyoffhenny

    • @delphicdescant
      @delphicdescant Před 3 dny +1

      The hard part is ruling out the possibility you're personifying them and imagining things.
      And if you think there's no possibility of that, then it's even more likely to be happening.

  • @derekgoff7856
    @derekgoff7856 Před 22 dny +178

    My dad has a blue and gold macaw, one time he took it to an park and the macaw looked at a duck and said "hello bird, can you talk?"

    • @mysmirandam.6618
      @mysmirandam.6618 Před 22 dny +20

      😂 I love this soooooo much 😂

    • @Rapiddrive1
      @Rapiddrive1 Před 22 dny +14

      At least he didn’t say something rude, or “hey baby! Love those feathers! What you doing later?…?”

    • @NotSoNormal1987
      @NotSoNormal1987 Před 22 dny +7

      Awe. That's cute! I have budgies. The smallest of the parrot family. And even my teeny birds are so smart. I love them so much.

    • @Rapiddrive1
      @Rapiddrive1 Před 22 dny +4

      As an animal wishing to communicate how hilarious this episode is, I am compelled to share I had to stop at various points to finish laughing so I didn’t miss a single point you were making. which begs the point if we will find visibility in our fellow animal travelers…
      Thanks for being so…risible yourself!

    • @stargatis
      @stargatis Před 22 dny +17

      😂😂my friend’s parrot startled her and she screamed lol and then the bird said “sorry” 😮 she was so spooked

  • @TheReubenShow
    @TheReubenShow Před 21 dnem +28

    I took a very short elephant ride that I was assured was ethical. Once around the paddock, and get off on this platform. As I exited the ride, I looked over at her, and thanked her for the ride, said I hoped things worked out for her. She reached up her trunk to shake hands with me, and I just melted. It was so sweet. I was just being polite because elephants aren't beasts of burden, and she knew human well enough to get my meaning.

    • @dingusmcscrungophd5219
      @dingusmcscrungophd5219 Před 14 dny +2

      Why would you ride an Elephant if you believed they shouldn't be ridden?

    • @TheReubenShow
      @TheReubenShow Před 14 dny +4

      @@dingusmcscrungophd5219 It was a fund-raiser for an elephant charity. And, the gig was two days a week, at the Renaissance Fair, which won't even allow the horses to have bits in their mouths.
      The worst already happened to that elephant, she saw her family killed in Africa. It would be better if she was never in captivity, and no elephant should be taken from the wild for our amusement.

    • @batintheattic7293
      @batintheattic7293 Před 3 dny

      @@TheReubenShow Okay, but you must realise that she had probably been bull-hook trained to 'shake hands'. It doesn't mean she didn't understand that when a human behaved a certain way, or made certain noises, she had to to offer them her trunk. It's just that this may not be the heart warming story you think it is. Personally, I think that Renaissance Fair could have done a hell of a lot better. Raising money for an elephant charity by having people ride traumatised elephants? No. I'm guessing you probably won't be riding any more elephants! Don't feel too bad, though. I was dragged into a 'Sea Life' performance at Disney, once. Hysterical all the way through but I let it happen and it was definitely not an incident that I'm proud of. It's probably too much to hope that the ex MIL learned something about not endorsing the brutalising of animals by the secondary act of brutalising her DIL with tanked cetaceans.

  • @achristiananarchist2509
    @achristiananarchist2509 Před 22 dny +44

    On the thing with dogs failing the mirror test, I read something rather interesting on that lately, regarding an experiment to repeat the mirror test using olfactory, rather than visual, signals. The dogs were taken to a place they have never been that had been pre-sprayed with their own urine. The experience was confusing and disconcerting for the dogs and they indicated an awareness that they both knew that was them they were smelling and that they had never been here to make that mark. The idea behind the article was that the mirror test is kind of a bad way to test animal self awareness, because different animals have different ways of recognizing each other, and so telling the difference between themselves and a different animal in a mirror may not be something they are well suited for, even if they are perfectly capable of self referential thought, if they don't use visual cues as a primary way to recognize members of a group. A test carried out by dogs to see if humans recognized their own scent might, similarly, leave them thinking we aren't self aware.
    On the sound board thing, every demonstration I've seen has indicated that it's just a really cool way for a dog to communicate needs, and is very clearly not "language". The dog knows "when I push this button, she takes me outside, and when I push this button she pets me, and when I push this button I get a toy." But even if you assumed actual language comprehension here, why would you interpret "Why is dog?" as some sort of existential "What is the nature of my being? Why am I me and why are you you?" type thing? The simplest interpretation of that statement would be "Why is there a dog here?", especially when this species tends to react as if the dog in the mirror is another dog.

    • @Catastropheshe
      @Catastropheshe Před 13 dny +5

      If they know which button/word they should use to say something it is communication 😂😂😂

    • @achristiananarchist2509
      @achristiananarchist2509 Před 13 dny +3

      @@Catastropheshe I referred to it as communication.

    • @bopperette7260
      @bopperette7260 Před 12 dny

      That makes me wonder if they recognise us the same way... Maybe not because we are a recurring visual to them which would explain why they aren't frightened by us but they are by their reflection. It's probably a bit of both.. This is such an interesting topic 😊

    • @aqualms
      @aqualms Před dnem +2

      Changing the concept of self-realisation is genius, and also proves how short-sighted many previous scientists have been. On top of the fact that my cat often gazes at herself in the mirror - I believe she recognizes herself and sometimes appreciates her own beauty, as I do hers. It's never scared her. I even hold her while looking in the mirror and she usually just seems bored, not confused, upset, anything.
      And in terms of language, there's an argument to be made that none of us really know what we're saying. If I tell you an apple is jekil in French, and you have no other way of confirming that - okay, jekil it is. Even grammar doesn't need to be that complex, and yet it does appear that animals understand basic grammar concepts. We don't call children dumb when they're learning to speak (let alone a second language) why would we think the same of an animal?

    • @achristiananarchist2509
      @achristiananarchist2509 Před dnem

      @@aqualms well whether we "know what we are saying" isn't dependent on there being a single objective sound that needs to go with a concept. If I call it an apple and someone else calls it a manzana, we are still both referring to the same object and are both fully aware of what it is we are saying. Our brains are specifically primed to link concepts and sounds and put sounds together to relate complex concepts, and a huge portion of our brain is set aside to doing that and nothing else. This is probably why, even with the insane diversity of human language, we still only use a small minority of the possible grammars that can exist. They are the ones that are the best fit for our highly specialized language hardware.
      Language isn't just communication, but a very specific kind of highly structured communication that is very much a human specialization. A dog learning to associate individual words with things it likes isn't at all surprising to me. That is a general puzzle that an intelligent generalist can solve. But even something like "why is dog?" Is probably too conceptually and grammatically complicated for an animal that isn't specifically evolved to use language to parse. Even very intelligent animals like great apes have issues with things like tenses and non-concrete concepts. That doesn't mean that they can't think about the past or future or non-concrete things, but their brains aren't primed to pick those things out in communication because they have no need to and so don't have the hardware devoted to it. A dog can almost certainly learn the meaning of the word "dog", but when it comes to the words "why" and "is" it's probably impossible to teach a dog what those words mean, much less what that whole sentence means together, not because they aren't intelligent, but because they don't have the specialist hardware we have to parse that information.
      It's actually pretty insane that we can extract meaning from the rapid fire grunts that our faces make, and we aren't able to do it just because we are geniuses, but because we devote soooo many resources to being able to effortlessly do that. It's no more surprising to me that a dog can't learn language than it is that a human can't leap into the air and catch a bird in their teeth mid flight. We just don't have the highly specialized hardware in our brains that allow dogs to do that.

  • @RaeRaesRaveReviews
    @RaeRaesRaveReviews Před 22 dny +52

    My horse communicates with me all of the time. I recognize her facial expressions, can tell when she is happy or in pain, also if she doesnt want to do something. She is actually very clear in her communication. Usually I like to give her options (for example, do you want to ride on the trails or in the arena) and go with whatever she chooses, but sometimes I have more info than she has so overrule her and she will still cooperate with me.

    • @robumf
      @robumf Před 22 dny +9

      Some of my worse arguments was from my mare. We usually found a compromise.

    • @Luna23973
      @Luna23973 Před 3 dny

      That’s amazing! You must have a great bond with your horse to be able to read them so easily ❤

  • @AbstrDistr
    @AbstrDistr Před 21 dnem +20

    15:03 How dare you!? B.E.A.N.S. is one of the greatest acronyms I've ever seen

    • @Larzang
      @Larzang Před dnem

      This. I mean, seriously, what's this man's gripe with beans? What's he got against 'em? 🐾

  • @sicnessrusso95
    @sicnessrusso95 Před 22 dny +16

    I have a story similar to your dog faking a limp. My girlfriend and I were arguing one day and our dogs hate it when we do. One will just get scared and hide under the bed and the other will usually just comfort my girlfriend because he's her dog from before we met so when she's upset he'll try to make her feel better. There was one time though when we were arguing where he started walking back and forth in front of us with an exaggerated limp and we stopped fighting to look at him and see if we could find somewhere on his leg that might be hurt and debating on going to the vet. Once we were long past the fight and everything was back to normal he jumped down from the bed and pranced his little happy ass to get some water and back up in bed with us without a trace of a limp and we realized we were bamboozled by a 14 pound Yorkie.

  • @Flicklix
    @Flicklix Před 22 dny +772

    "What are you eating?... can I have some?"
    This is the extent of my dog's vocabulary.

    • @dezignateddriva
      @dezignateddriva Před 22 dny +59

      where are you going? can i go?

    • @dezignateddriva
      @dezignateddriva Před 22 dny +44

      what are you playing with? can i play?

    • @nickholt7783
      @nickholt7783 Před 22 dny +46

      Mine is just „can I have some?“ he doesn’t care what it is.

    • @macmcleod1188
      @macmcleod1188 Před 22 dny +16

      ​@@dezignateddriva"I missed you".
      "I missed *you* a whole lot"
      vs "I was lonely and bored"
      "Your drunk, let's go home" to the yowling cat it just picked up and is carrying home.

    • @esaedvik
      @esaedvik Před 22 dny +4

      Naah, that's your vocabulary.

  • @Arlecchino_Gatto
    @Arlecchino_Gatto Před 21 dnem +16

    I had a dog that ABSOLUTELY communicated what he wanted. For instance he would sometimes tap my arm to get attention when I was on my computer. When I looked his way he would pet the air to get me to pet him. The dog I have now lets me know he wants a thing by standing next to it and lifting his left front paw. Outside? Stand by the door and lift his paw. A treat? Stand by his bowl or by the counter where I keep his treats and lift the paw. If he isn't getting enough attention he pushes things off of the bed. Like my blankets. Pay attention to your dog. They will find a way to communicate.

  • @Krankensteinn
    @Krankensteinn Před 21 dnem +17

    Boston aquarium. Im watching the cuddlefish and one swims up eye level to me and just locks eyes with me. We stared at each other for literally minutes. It felt like two consciousness locked in mutual amazement. Truely special moment.

    • @kitefan1
      @kitefan1 Před 20 dny +1

      Did you meet Hoover the seal?

    • @Drachenfrau
      @Drachenfrau Před 16 dny

      It's *cuttlefish, not cuddlefish. They don't cuddle. 😜

    • @theperfectbotsteve4916
      @theperfectbotsteve4916 Před 2 dny

      the dont fish either but they are technically squid

  • @Thepricefamilyrules
    @Thepricefamilyrules Před 16 dny +4

    I had a cat once (back when I was a young college student) who really did have a specific meow that said, my litter box is filthy, please clean it. She had another meow that said, follow me and clean my litter box right now or else! And yet another meow that said I'm crapping in your bathtub! I didn't believe it myself until the second time she crapped in my bathtub and then I learned to speak her language or else.

  • @jayceewedmak9524
    @jayceewedmak9524 Před 22 dny +30

    My first Labrador would walk up to seemingly random people and sit beside them - they had all lost a pet or loved one within a month. I'm not a Buddist but I always say he was a bodhisattva. Miss you BBD ❤

  • @jaredkennedy6576
    @jaredkennedy6576 Před 22 dny +8

    I have a Swiss Shepherd rescue who is one of the more intelligent dogs I've had. She is quick to show if she is happy or upset with something, and has learned how to signal what she wants. Or at least she's trained me on those signals lol. She's missing a hind leg, and whenever she has an itch on that side, she'll get up, walk over in front of me, and kick her stump like she's scratching. So I'll start scratching, and she'll move around to the itchy spot. She only does this with me though. She's also learned what sounds I make coming up to the house, and is always waiting at the door for me.

  • @einienj3281
    @einienj3281 Před 22 dny +796

    Yup.. Bunny, the talking dog, has an existential crisis, bc Bunny is a dog and mom and dad are not dogs, but brother is also a dog. Now you have to figure out how to explain that you kidnapped them as babies.. 😂

    • @kensvideos1
      @kensvideos1 Před 22 dny +11

      Glad to be early.

    • @Stonehawk
      @Stonehawk Před 22 dny +75

      The thing about complex thoughts is that it's very hard to have them without words.
      Bunny can operate an abstract framework that no other dogs can because they haven't been taught it.
      And it's VERY HARD for a dog's brain to fit the ... The SHAPE of this conceptual system. It's like building solar panels in a cavern--the cavern is not LESSER in any objective sense when compared to other spaces but it's not optimal for this function...
      The speech therapy buttons are like building a spotlight on extension cords so the solar panel in the cave can do anything at all.
      But sometimes... A shaft of pure sunlight is angled JUST SO that it penetrates deep into this environment that has had zero optimization to utilize it, but hits those panels, and we see BREAKTHROUGHS. They're breathtaking moments of precious clarity.

    • @butwhytho4858
      @butwhytho4858 Před 22 dny +5

      Omg I can’t stop laughing at this 🤣

    • @Maxtyur
      @Maxtyur Před 22 dny +9


    • @arenomusic
      @arenomusic Před 22 dny +25

      ​@@StonehawkAwesome analogy, I've seen some pretty cool videos of Bunny before but never that sun-through-the-clouds moment you mention. I love the idea of a lil pup steering the weight of consciousness with some plastic buttons on the floor lmao

  • @gormauslander
    @gormauslander Před 19 dny +7

    "When animals talk, maybe we'll treat them better"
    I can tell you right now about a particular set of animals that talk, that did not treat others nicely just because they talk too

  • @misskitty2133
    @misskitty2133 Před 17 dny +5

    My mom’s bf had a 60ft boat moored in Marblehead, MA. In Summer, Ed let me & my sibs sleep out on the boat…even though moored a short distance off shore, it was way cooler than his condo. I LOVED listening to the whales & seals talk to each other through the hull. I don’t think they were all swimming around the inner harbor but sound travels far under water.

  • @benjaminbeard3736
    @benjaminbeard3736 Před 22 dny +8

    I kind of live out in the middle of nowhere. My closest neighbors, at the end of my lane, are a little over a mile away they had a little Jack Russell Terrier that would fake a limp to get my attention when I would drive by. I had never heard of any other dog doing that and no one else ever believed me I'm so glad you brought that up. That's hilarious
    You're right, it works.

    • @surferdude4487
      @surferdude4487 Před 8 dny +1

      I once had a Silky terrier that did the same thing.

  • @colorbugoriginals4457
    @colorbugoriginals4457 Před 22 dny +9

    i have a moyen poodle service dog. she communicates a lot via eye contact and has excellent pattern recognition. i am always trying to find out what new words she has learned without our realizing it (her understood oral English official vocabulary is 100+ words). animals communicate in many ways already that we just overlook, as the bird studies have shown. i was a language teacher and translator and i decided to basically teach her English and learn her language. ❤

  • @problemsfan4132
    @problemsfan4132 Před 22 dny +6

    I'll be honest, I trust the cat pet button videos way more than the dogs. I know what you mean when they say they're manipulative-- one of mine will come running to us in fake-excitement so the other one gets out of bed and follows her, then the first dashes back to claim the bed for herself. If my cats want a space for themselves, they bug each other, not us. xD
    Although the BilliSpeaks channel shows mostly successful videos, her owner does a decent job of keeping the edits minimal. A lot of the time, clips are sped up instead of cut to show just how much time this cat spends dawdling or trying to find what word to use next. If a pet takes a few seconds to get out a full sentence, it feels sus to me. But if they take their time and you're already familiar with their body language, it /at least/ feels like "This animal knows that pressing a button makes a sound, and that sound gets people to pay attention and help".
    I can't say if Billi understands English more than any other cat, but the buttons are clearly a tool she finds just about as useful as meowing. The channel does have its ups, like the time she was able to say her stomach hurt and was quickly able to get her medication for it (This is when they fully won me over tbh). And downs... like the time she was storming away from another cat she disliked, accidentally hit "friend", and I had to miserably watch her owner gush about how "Aww billi likes her now!!!!!!" (I get that they have to reinforce the definition/consequences of a button SOMEHOW, but GGOOODDDDD).
    She wasn't in the same room when it happened, which is understandable. But it did make me think over the pros and cons of button conversations. At the end of the day, these are still animals. Their body language is just as important as vocal communication, if not more in some cases. If we gave our language to non-human creatures and only took them at face-value, we'd just be doing them a disservice. I feel the buttons work best when you can actually see them, it gives you a better sense of their intent. Okay, now I'm rambling.
    I don't think my cats would take well to buttons, but channels like hers have taught me to pay a lot more attention to their body language and facial expressions. Billi is a very expressive little thing and /most/ of her responses are pretty on-the-money. It's made reading my own cats postures and expressions a little easier. (Ironically, it's also motivated me to avoid overly anthropomorphizing them). (Except when it's funny). (Always give your pets a little voice when it's funny).

    • @problemsfan4132
      @problemsfan4132 Před 22 dny +2

      Sorry for Mucho Texto if anyone actually reads this. I forgot how much I actually cared about this stuff until I realized I was editing it into paragraphs 💀

  • @anneliejr
    @anneliejr Před 22 dny +111

    Funniest interaction I had was a pair of ducks that had gotten lost and somehow made their way to city center. They really reminded me of an old tourist couple the way they seemed to be arguing on where to go. One just starting to walk as the other walked faster to catch up “saying something” the first looking back to “talk back” and nearly bumping into me. Both stopped looking up at me as I smiled and told them.
    “River is that way” pointing out the direction. Both giving a unison short quack as if to say “Thank you” and heading of in the direction I pointed them.
    My friend just gave me a look questioning
    “I didn’t know you spoke Duck?”
    I didn't either, and likely all a case of over interpretation on our part but not only did they follow my advice, they instantly seemed to be getting along a lot better.
    So yes, funny, odd and memorable 😄

    • @VictoriaSobocki
      @VictoriaSobocki Před 13 dny +4


    • @AlexB_yolo
      @AlexB_yolo Před 8 dny

      Best fib in CZcams!

    • @joshualettink7582
      @joshualettink7582 Před 5 dny +1

      I honestly don't know if it is interpretation lol Sometimes I think we don't give animals enough credit about what they do and don't understand. I have a bunch of budgies at home and they are way smarter than they appear at first.

    • @OgdenM
      @OgdenM Před 5 dny +2

      Oh they totally got what you meant and you got what they were putting out.
      They point at stuff with their beaks. They have been around us long enough to know how we point. (Well some know some don't) They probably didn't understand your words but... who knows, maybe they did.

  • @kaylielopez6460
    @kaylielopez6460 Před 22 dny +7

    Cephalopods!!! And see, Joe knows why we’re all here: I need to speak to my doggies ASAP🐶

  • @lpsfoxstar8454
    @lpsfoxstar8454 Před 21 dnem +5

    I direct you to the channel of Billi speaks, the home of a cat with sound buttons, spasifically the video about the yard gate, as in that her and her mommy had a whole ass conversation of how the yard gate is broken and thus Billi can’t go outside

    • @DagenhamPot792
      @DagenhamPot792 Před 12 dny +2

      Billie speaks inspired me to train my kitten with recordable buttons.... it's all fun and games until you realise you've given your cat the ability to place demands on you... at 3am when they want "playtime", "outside" or they're "hungry"....
      He doesn't spam the buttons at silly o'clock any more but I'm telling you now... he wakes me up EVERY day pressing, no spamming...the outside button...
      It's actually really easy to train them to communicate with the obvious buttons like the ones I mentioned...
      But he really did go through a phase of using them at night 😂.
      I recommend everyone try to train kittens and puppies with recordable buttons now...
      It's a real game changer when your cat can reply to you asking "what do you want" with recordable buttons.
      If not for Billie speaks I wouldn't of ever taught him any words... just commands like most dogs ie... hi five, handshakes, sit, laydown, wait, turn around... "Up" to get him on my shoulders... "kisses on the ear" or "give me love" to get him to headbutt me whilst on my shoulders (rubs himself against my face)...
      There's a guy who makes cat videos with his trained cat... titled "5 cat tricks in 10 minutes".... I think every new kitten or puppy owner should watch Billie speaks and "Mia the adventure cat" with the tricks training videos.
      And yes... it's awesome having a trained cat that can communicate on a basic level.
      Real game changer.

    • @lpsfoxstar8454
      @lpsfoxstar8454 Před 12 dny

      @@DagenhamPot792 i’d still miss meowing tho, i would want my roommate to speak to me :/

    • @DagenhamPot792
      @DagenhamPot792 Před 12 dny

      No he stopped meowing at doors to get me to open them once he started using the outside button... I much prefer the buttons to him meowing!

    • @lpsfoxstar8454
      @lpsfoxstar8454 Před 12 dny +1

      @@DagenhamPot792 to each their own :D i loved nothing more then to wake up to the neighbours dog barking

    • @DagenhamPot792
      @DagenhamPot792 Před 12 dny +1

      I dunno there.... meowing doesn't get a response from me other then being told off! I really do much prefer he uses the buttons. If I ignore him asking to go outside for example.... he will fall back on meowing to get my attention... which is why I usually give him whatever he's asking for pretty much straight away....
      He will spam the hungry button if I dont feed him straight away for example... and yes I really do mean he spams them if I dont react within like 20 seconds...
      It's alot cuter and less annoying then meowing to me. I might jokingly moan about it... but I ain't ever not training any pets I get in the future. It really is a game changer when you can ask them... what's the matter... "what do you want".... and they can litterally tell you what they want.

  • @thedarkknight1971
    @thedarkknight1971 Před 21 dnem +2

    17:35 - Such a CLASSIC! Along with 'Night tiiime... Day tiiiime!" 🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • @adrianmaule7128
    @adrianmaule7128 Před 21 dnem +2

    My dog and I communicate very well. He understands a bunch of human words, and understand his barks, grunts, huffs, and body language. He's a good friend

  • @mage1over137
    @mage1over137 Před 20 dny +3

    Dr. Slobodchikoff has never had a cat. My literally stand by their litter and meow yell until we clean it.

  • @astorbeijer9424
    @astorbeijer9424 Před 22 dny +243

    My wife and I have a wolf dog. I would say he's as intelligent as a 3ish year old child. We always give him options, as really, that's the only way to have a wolf dog without being in a constant battle. We've never baby talked to him. We treat him like a 3 year old. We've been amazed at how many words he seems to have picked up over the years. He tells us what snack he wants to eat by play bowing when we've said the right word. He seems to have even a rudimentary understanding of time. If we say we'll do something in 15 minutes, he will come and remind us almost exactly at 15 min. The same works for 30 min and one hour. Other than that, he knows the word tomorrow, or at least he knows it means not today. He tells us when there is something dangerous in the woods, like a moose or snake nearby. He's very clear with his language despite never barking. If it's a moose; he'll suddenly sit, look at us and then stare in the direction where it's at. If it's a snake; he'll lean against our leg to get us to go in the other direction.
    It's very rare that we feel like we don't understand what he wants or that he doesn't understand what we're saying. It's really made for a more interactive and fulfilling relationship with him. I've never felt like we "own" him, but that we're his caretakers, and sometimes he's our caretaker. I feel privileged to have been given the experience.

    • @imdawolfman2698
      @imdawolfman2698 Před 22 dny +11

      BRAVO @astorbeijer9424, you've got it. I've lived with Wolf-dogs before and they listen well and have a lot to say.
      And, my dogs have never been MY dogs, they are not furniture or mere possessions (as they are under law), but companions, family, really. Anybody who abandons a dog abandons their soul with it, damn them!
      At least have the humanity to take him/her to a shelter to be adopted.

    • @dawnss8913
      @dawnss8913 Před 22 dny +10

      Macaws are amazing. I have a blue and gold macaw also. He is 23 years old now, had him since a baby. He says "cracker, cracker" When I say "we don't have any crackers right now", he says "then how about a banana"

    • @MadsterV
      @MadsterV Před 22 dny +14

      I had one that would do fashion checks.
      Every time I wore something new and I'd walk by her, she'd suddenly stop, stare up and down for a few seconds, then either act very happy or turn around and walk away.
      One time she walked away, I went and changed and came back and got her approval, then I had no doubts.
      she was right, too.

    • @FLPhotoCatcher
      @FLPhotoCatcher Před 22 dny +5

      I have a feeling that if we ever get an *accurate* animal language translator, we will be disappointed at how small the animal's vocabulary is. Especially for cats, LOL

    • @Tondadrd
      @Tondadrd Před 22 dny +3

      @@FLPhotoCatcher We know so little about the life of cats. I think they just don't care for us enough to communicate to us more than "want" "food"/"outside"/"pet".
      We are like that kid from your class you never talk to.

  • @user-pn7vb3rf2s
    @user-pn7vb3rf2s Před 22 dny +2

    That intro just killed me- 🤣. I feel out my chair and spilled my beer but all worth it!

  • @Vaultgirl27
    @Vaultgirl27 Před 22 dny +2

    Thank you. You put all of my thoughts so succinctly. I've had these thoughts my entire life. I "communicate" with dogs, cats, horses, and corvids for sure. It's about learning their languages.

  • @Stadsjaap
    @Stadsjaap Před 21 dnem +2

    I taught my dog several tricks, such as "sit", "wait", "choose", etc., so she could choose which treat out of three she wants when they're laid out on the ground.
    One night there were only two types of treats, so I explained to her _in language_ that today she has to choose by showing me which hand.
    This she promptly did by sitting and then pointing with her paw to the one she wanted.
    I had never taught her this, and it was the first time she did it.
    Dogs have an internal representation of the world just like we do. 😮

    • @loverrlee
      @loverrlee Před 16 dny

      Yes exactly! My dog has done something similar too, when we presented him with three treats and told him to “choose.” He always chose the same treat, no matter where we placed it in relation to the other treats. I think it’s actually crazy and quite sad how few people even try this simple “trick” with their dog. Dogs are incredibly smart and capable of learning all kinds of things, if only they have a good teacher. Unfortunately, most humans are not good teachers. :c

    • @Stadsjaap
      @Stadsjaap Před 16 dny +1

      @@loverrlee Mine sometimes chooses a different treat when she gets tired of her favourite. She always chooses the same favourite park to go for walks though 😂

    • @loverrlee
      @loverrlee Před 16 dny

      @@Stadsjaap Aw cute. Yeah my puppy has a few favorite treats. Mostly I mean that he kept choosing the same treat over and over on the same day, indicating that of the three we presented him with, it was his favorite out of those three. :)

  • @krozzt
    @krozzt Před 22 dny +1

    There is a key factor worth considering found in a quote from the film ‘Arrival’, when the protagonist talks about the importance of showing her written name to the Heptapods to find out, amongst other things, if “… do they make conscious choices or their motivation is so instinctive that they don’t understand a why question at all”. 19:02

  • @pattyrose680
    @pattyrose680 Před 22 dny +3

    The whole time watching this video, I was thinking "...but cats and dogs already communicate with us." All domestic dogs have the same bark to say they want to play, to warn of danger, and to tell someone to back off, and most humans instinctively recognize these barks without needing to be taught. Cats don't meow for other cats, they meow for humans only. IDK if this whole endeavor will work the way most people would expect. I don't think we'll get to a point where some software is constructing sentences out of meows or barks because I don't think cats & dogs speak in sentences (or at least what we'd recognize as sentences).
    I joke that my cat has me well-trained, but he does communicate what he wants pretty effectively. When he wants me to follow him, he'll trill in a specific way, and leads me to what he wants -- ie if his water dish has a hair in it, he'll lead me to it and then make a shorter trill to tell me he wants fresh water. You can tell by his body language when he wants to play a game with a toy or be chased around (lil guy loves getting his humans to run around with him). He also gets obviously mad at me if I get terse with my kid (or make them bathe), and will nip at my feet to wake me if my kid's having a bad dream.

  • @VoltCruelerz
    @VoltCruelerz Před 22 dny +195

    Regarding dog sound boards, we have one for our dog with a couple dozen buttons on it, and she does string them together in meaningful ways like "help ball" if a ball gets stranded under furniture, "help water" if the bowl is empty, " ouch" to indicate either physical or emotional pain, or "later play" if she wants us to pause the TV and play with her. Sometimes she just presses the water button before taking a drink for seemingly no reason other than to announce it.
    Obviously, we can't know exactly what goes through her head in these situations, but she clearly uses them to get things she desires, so that is definitely communication, and she seems to understand the words from how she can put them together in ways we didn't teach her, though she seems to have no concept of grammar.
    Regarding false positives, that's not really a thing except when she forgets exactly where a button is and she starts hitting all of them until she finds the one she wanted and then looks over at us.

    • @dbf1dware
      @dbf1dware Před 21 dnem +18

      That last part is sort of like playing charades. You make a motion, and once someone says what your are trying to convey, you look and them and point. Same thing.

    • @soffici1
      @soffici1 Před 21 dnem +36

      I get the impression that different dogs have different level of intelligence, so the sound board might work with yours, but not with another dog because the second one has a different level of understanding of the workings of the sound board.
      Even among humans we still have flat earthers and those who believe in supernatural beings, while also having Nobel Prize laureates…
      Imagine extraterrestrial intelligent beings coming over to Earth and the first humans they encounter are some morons hung up in some megachurch convention. Not a very good first impression, is it?

    • @dbf1dware
      @dbf1dware Před 21 dnem +15

      @@soffici1 Yes, of course. There are many dogs, individual dogs, of greater than normal understanding. But most dogs, while being quite smart, and exceptional at reading what humans want of them, are still responding to what their human "master" (chosen master by that dog itself) wants of them. Dogs are AMAZING at reading humans. BTW, this comes from a Vet of >30 years in practice, so not just some schmuck.
      I think these sound-boards are a great idea, but you need to start very small and see how far your little friend can go.
      However, having said that, I would also encourage all you dog owners out there to learn along with your dog-friend to speak to each other. It's not that hard since both of you are working toward the same goal.

    • @soffici1
      @soffici1 Před 21 dnem +14

      @@dbf1dware very good advice. We have adopted a 7yo Rottie and she was obese, depressed and frankly quite unresponsive. In the course of the last 3 years she’s grown to have a new childhood (dunno if the term is applicable to dogs, but hey). We play games with her and, albeit not her chosen master (that title goes to my better half), I try challenge her with new games and to teach her new tricks. But she’s old and scared of male humans (she was beaten by a pair of them), so the learning is veeeeeeeery slow. The sound board is nowhere in her future, but it’s satisfying to see her waggle her tail again

    • @RealBradMiller
      @RealBradMiller Před 20 dny +10

      Her hitting the water button before drinking water is like the sounds my dad makes before and after he drinks... 😂😂😂

  • @paulas_lens
    @paulas_lens Před 21 dnem

    I love Trade, been a subscriber for at least two years. No decision, coffee straight to my mailbox, I just grind, brew and drink.

  • @roaldpage
    @roaldpage Před 22 dny +1

    I speak a few different animal languages, though I don't always know what I am saying. I once had a half hour conversation with a squirrel, by mimicking its chirps. It seemed very animated by what ever I was saying to it. It hopped around a lot, and ran up and down a section of tree chirping out different sentences, and pausing for my responses. That was 4 or 5 years ago, and I have gotten better at it since. I even made friends with a chipmunk this past fall that started following me around everywhere on my property.
    I also speak some raven, though for the most part they don't like what I am saying, because I have a feeling the main call I can mimic is either territorial, "I'm over here", or a warning call, but I also know their word for affection which is a snoring noise followed by by a couple clicking popping noises and a shaking shrug.
    I also know enough Canada goose honk language to put them at ease in my presence, while they still run away from other humans. Also deer respond to body language, and wont run if you project respect, and act non threatening.
    At least these thing are all true to my local animal species, though dialects may very depending on location. Squirrel chirp seems to be fairly universal however, because chirping to one in a Florida national park recently, almost made it try to climb up my leg. I had to switch back to English, and use body language just to make it back off a bit.
    I also used to be able to speak dog howl enough to say different things to my German shepherd I had as a teen, and I still know enough bark/posture to tell a dog barking territorially at me not to bother. (which works about 50% of the time.)
    Oh, and I used to speak meow well enough to tell my cat I loved her, and also to get her to sing to me.
    Mostly learning to communicate in other animals languages requires attention to minute auditory, and visual cues, and finding the ones that are imitable, and figuring out the context in which they use them when responding to you, or to each other.

  • @MQuadrucci
    @MQuadrucci Před 20 dny +2

    to be lugubrious: I believe grief is the worst thing in life- and grieving our animal kith and kin can feel like devastation, I believe because the entire relationship, all that L-U-V is... wordless; we both get to know auditory and visual cues, and looks and behaviors; but it's -hopefully- years or decades of love, trust, experiences, and bonding, all without words ........ I've had three adopted dogs, one from deadbeat friends of friends who told me *their version* of his origin story, another I found in an alley, and one rescued from a kill "shelter" on his penultimate day before extermination. The 2nd and 3rd were both sooo complicated and I'll never know their origin stories, and 100,000,000 times wished they could have told me about the times before we got together and be able to, like, talk therapy them and try to assuage their trauma triggers - man do them companion animals leave a massive hole when they go...!!!
    I better get to be with them after my death or I am gonna be SO PISSED!

    • @mikemonti968
      @mikemonti968 Před 6 dny +1

      "I better get to be with them after my death or I am gonna be SO PISSED!" Sooo Well Said !!!

  • @MarcCoteMusic
    @MarcCoteMusic Před 22 dny +1

    Going on walks with my friend and his dog was something of an exercise in frustration because the dog spent more time sniffing than walking. I called it reading pee-mails.

    @UFO_PILOT Před 19 dny +1

    Joe Scott: "animals probably dont really know what theyre saying when they use the buttons."
    Billispaeaks: "MAD"

  • @grandetaco4416
    @grandetaco4416 Před 22 dny +21

    We put a set of jingle bells on our back door and taught the dog to ring them to let us know she needed to go outside. She immediately abused the system by ringing the bells then standing next to the pantry door indicating she wanted a biscuit. It opens one door, why not all the doors?

  • @WhitePapi83
    @WhitePapi83 Před 21 dnem +12

    YAY! Finally, I subscribed to your channel today after years of watching! 🎉

  • @ShapeShifter499
    @ShapeShifter499 Před 11 dny +2

    15:03 -- Some people and furries refer to the paw pads of animals as "toe beans" so the acronym being "B.E.A.N.S." is awesome

  • @raydelien7947
    @raydelien7947 Před 22 dny +1

    We had a dog that would puke every time she ate grass. So when she would start making the coughing/heaving sound everyone in the house would race to the back door to let her out. Well she started making that noise when she wanted to go out. It gets a little awkward when we have people over and the dog starts acting like she is about to cough up a lung and we are just like "yeah no she's fine".

  • @samedwards6683
    @samedwards6683 Před 21 dnem

    Thanks so much for creating and sharing this informative and timely video. Great job. Keep it up.

  • @TheRealCanadianGeek
    @TheRealCanadianGeek Před 21 dnem +3

    That opening sketch was freaking hilarious

  • @curtishoffmann6956
    @curtishoffmann6956 Před 22 dny +83

    Two forms of communications with cats. A friend of mine had two snow-white cats we named Stripe (from the Gremlins movie) and Scuzbucket. Bucket loved to play fetch with a rabbit's foot keychain. When she wanted to play, she'd drop the foot in front of us and wait. If we threw the foot down the hall into the kitchen, Bucket would race after it, slide along the slick floor, smash into the fridge and bounce off, then bring the foot back and ask to do it again. Stripe just liked messing with people. If you were looking at her, she'd sit and stare back at you. If you turned away, she'd leap around through your blind spot and sit on the other side of you, so as you're turning around, it'd look like she teleported from one point to another. Drove my friend crazy because she never understood how Stripe accomplished that (I never told her). One day when I was visiting, my friend was standing in the middle of the living room, reading a book. Stripe came up behind her, leapt up, tapped her twice on the back of the shoulder, and then bolted into the next room before my friend could turn around. To my friend, it was like either I'd tapped her on the shoulder from my position on the couch 10 feet away, or the apartment was possessed. Cats can be jerks. It's their way of showing love.

    • @NotSoNormal1987
      @NotSoNormal1987 Před 22 dny +7

      I have 1 smart cat, 1 dumb cat, and one neurotic cat. Luna's is a total himbo. Sola isn't that bright, but she is loving. Aster has an eating disorder. And she likes to tease Sola. Aster also doesn't like to be touched most of the time. And she is clumsy because she has way too many toes.

  • @scottygordon3280
    @scottygordon3280 Před 20 dny +1

    I'm enjoying the new creative choices Joe and the team are making. It's good to take risks and shake things up!

  • @sophierobinson2738
    @sophierobinson2738 Před 10 dny +1

    Billispeaks Billi named her mom’s coffee “catnip water”. At the beginning, her favorite button was “mad”. She’ll ask “where dad” when her dad is gone for work for a while.

    • @dwsel
      @dwsel Před 3 dny

      It definitely carries meaning and isn't random thing. Also Billi likes small talk.

  • @michaeladair6557
    @michaeladair6557 Před 19 dny

    God Damn Joe Scott, you got me immensely curious with just a thumbnail and a video title AGAIN! Give your thumbnail guy a raise because I've already given him all the thumbs I'll ever have...

  • @drunkalfuzzyness
    @drunkalfuzzyness Před 15 dny

    Ahhh Joe Jobbs 😂 that opening sketch was hilarious, had to rewatch 😂
    Also, fascinating video and topic!

  • @mmmmmmolly
    @mmmmmmolly Před 19 dny +1

    As much as i would love to be able to talk to my (future) pets, all i can think about it the heartbroken "why" all of the abused animals would say.

  • @gianniskarousis5600
    @gianniskarousis5600 Před 22 dny +195

    A few months ago I went on an early hike and as it was my first time up that mountain and the sun wasn’t coming up for a couple more hours I got slightly lost at some point. Thankfully I was being accompanied by a dog from a nearby village and as I was moving more along the wrong path and being visibly confused the dog started whining and when I looked back at it it took me off path and after a few hundred metres it brought me to the correct path.

    • @leagarner3675
      @leagarner3675 Před 22 dny +2

      What is the wrong path when you're out on a morning walk?

    • @nickbob2003
      @nickbob2003 Před 22 dny

      @@leagarner3675the path you aren’t familiar with. Getting turned around even on paths can be dangerous or at least make your morning walk last a lot longer than you wanted it to

    • @Jack_Russell_Brown
      @Jack_Russell_Brown Před 22 dny +22

      ​@@leagarner3675 The wrong mountain path, when you're out on a morning walk and the sun doesn't come out for a couple hours is the path that takes you over a cliff.

    • @leagarner3675
      @leagarner3675 Před 22 dny +3

      @@Jack_Russell_Brown I'm just curious to know what the man, and the dog, think is the wrong path. It's crucial to the story.

    • @leagarner3675
      @leagarner3675 Před 22 dny +6

      @@Jack_Russell_Brown Interesting that a path takes you over a cliff. Seems like a lot of people fell off of a cliff if there is a path there.

  • @Jeffool
    @Jeffool Před 22 dny

    Hey Joe! (Where you... nah.) Just wanted to say: I really respect your putting in the time to skip the bit for those people who want to. But thanks more for doing the bits; I love'em.

  • @davidd6171
    @davidd6171 Před 22 dny +1

    That skit was awesome!! Keep up the great content Joe!!

  • @somnaw
    @somnaw Před 22 dny +1

    You should check out Billie the cat talking with the buttons. It's a whole nother level from what I've seen from bunny the dog. They've even gotten to the point they can negotiate taking medicine. And then recently I ran into Millie the guinea pig who I was really shocked to see the buttons can be taught to guinea pigs as well

  • @Magnymbus
    @Magnymbus Před 14 dny

    My friend Allan had a dog named Satchle that learned people names, and tried to mimic them to get a specific person's attention. It wasn't very good, but the fact that she understood that those sounds indicated an individual was astounding to me. That dog actually tried to mimic a bunch of words. The clearest one, in my opinion, was her call for water. Usually, it was adorable, other times it was impressive, but a couple of times it was downright unsettling... She was mostly Husky, and also had a habit of singing along with people in that hilarious husky howl way. Maybe Huskies are just especially expressive, but I don't think I ever otherwise met a dog that so clearly tried to speak.
    My mom also had a cat names Teagan that had very distinct meows for different things. A long, high-pitched meow that dipped in pitch a little at the end was for food. A long, loud, medium pitch that slowly rose in volume and pitch was for attention, like when he was seemingly lonely or scared. There was also one that was a little quiet, started very low, rose quickly, then slowly dropped in pitch and volume to basically a whisper
    Story time ... I only remember him using it on one specific day. For context; I was about 8 at the time, and didn't live with my mom, so I only interacted with him on weekends... It was shortly after he ran out in front of my feet while I was in a bit of a rush, got accidentally kicked across the floor, scrambled away with his tail straight and puffed up, and hid under the bed for a few hours. He started "crying" about 15 minutes before he finally came out from under the bed. It sounded a lot like he was legitimately crying. So much so that it's seared into my brain. After finally coming out from under the bed, he continued crying about once every ten seconds or so, while he walked over and climbed on my mom's lap, and 3 or 4 times more while he laid there getting soft pets from my mom. He usually hated being picked up, but just about climbed onto my mom's shoulder to make her hold him when she moved to get up... He hated me before that happened, and actively hid from me after, until he accidentally clawed me on my leg pretty bad and I cried. He sat across from me for a bit, then laid down next to me, licked my hand a few times, and eventually did a little sigh and walked away. He seemed ambivalent to me after that.

  • @perkytxgirl
    @perkytxgirl Před 20 dny +2

    It is actually very easy to understand what dogs and cats are comunicationing if you pay attention. The trouble is that they can't communicate what you really want to know like symptoms if they are sick. I think the best you will get is something like "I don't feel good". Anything they would say on any ordinary day is already easy to understand.

  • @kellybennett1790
    @kellybennett1790 Před 22 dny +64

    My dog who passed last year was very tuned into human language. He would also watch me intently when I spoke to him. My father-in-law still talks about the time Bodhi was about to jump into the backseat of the car, and I just said to him, "no, go around to the other side," and he went around the car and got into the other door. My younger dog is not so great with language, but I still think she's smart in her way. When she was a baby, she would drag her dog bed over to the heating vents when she was cold.

    • @HavianEla
      @HavianEla Před 21 dnem +9

      Every living thing is smart in their own way. The only way to be stupid, in my opinion, is to stay willfully ignorant. Otherwise, everything else is just something you haven’t been taught yet.

    • @jladelaney1978
      @jladelaney1978 Před 21 dnem

      ​@HavianEla nah... there are definitely some really stupid people.
      If there exists an Einstein or Hawking, then there must exist outliers on the other side of the average.
      And I think I may have worked with one or two of them...

    • @dejankulusexy4472
      @dejankulusexy4472 Před 21 dnem +1

      @@HavianElaIndeed, in that way humanity is still second to the animal kingdom

  • @rickiebansbach7871
    @rickiebansbach7871 Před 22 dny

    I liked the episode with the dumbest animals.
    Good show!
    I"m pretty sure, if I could talk to my dog, she'd say, "I wanna go outside. When are we going outside? Is it time to go outside yet?"

  • @neowolf09
    @neowolf09 Před 3 dny +1

    Just wait until you hear the song dolphins have waiting for us.
    "So long and thanks for all the fish"

  • @AmadonFaul
    @AmadonFaul Před 22 dny

    OMG I frigging lost it here! Too funny.

  • @Corsuwey
    @Corsuwey Před 21 dnem

    Reminds me of that Far Side comic where a dog translator shows that dogs are only saying, "Hey! Hey! Hey!"

  • @r.ferguson486
    @r.ferguson486 Před 21 dnem

    Oh my god, you are so funny! Hands down, the best creative style is a witty amalgam of fascinating educational material with humour - and extra points for multi-layered, ironic cultural references! You cover all the bases ❤

  • @JesmondBeeBee
    @JesmondBeeBee Před 22 dny +76

    Talking to red pandas would mean waiting for some time for them to wake up from an hours long nap, and then they'd only want to talk about apples and grapes.

  • @michaelmorrison6540
    @michaelmorrison6540 Před 21 dnem +1

    My friends Greg and Joanne impulsively adopted an adult dog from an animal shelter in rural Colorado a few years ago. The dog was taken in earlier as a stray wandering along dirt roads. However, it was scheduled to be “put down” due to its lack of responsiveness to simple behavioral commands like: quiet, sit, lie down, etc. Greg and Joanne were heartbroken that such a beautiful, energetic dog was about to be put to death… so they spared his life by adopting him on the spot. After getting the dog home, its behavior continued to be problematic. A few weeks later, Greg and Joanne had guests (a married couple) out to visit them at their ranch. Their guests happened to be Hispanic… which is an important part of the story. When talking between themselves, the couple spoke in Spanish. Upon hearing this, the dog stopped in its tracks and sat down… tilting his head. It was quickly discovered that the dog had a huge understanding of human language, as long as it was hearing SPANISH. I am happy to report that the dog “Chunk” lives happily to this day at Greg and Joanne’s farm… and he is a very “good boy” as long as he is spoken to in Spanish.

  • @Nebanox
    @Nebanox Před 22 dny +1

    I would say some communication is possible, but it would likely not be to the depth that we can communicate with each other. Mainly when it comes to more abstract ideas and stuff like that. It would be more on their terms, with us learning how they communicate to each other and attempting to communicate from that avenue. I imagine animal language is somewhat limited, probably not necessarily because it's impossible for it to be any more complex, a lot of animals have shown us they are very intelligent and can learn new things, but out of necessity. Calling out predators, finding mates, some emotional stuff probably, pain, and simple action type things where food is/where to go/what to do. Kind of like the dog sound board thing, simple concepts and ideas or whatever. There isn't really a reason for them to communicate as abstractly as humans do I don't think, but with enough time and effort it's not unimaginable that some more intelligent animals could dip their toes in to our side of things which would be interesting. There's also the possibility that it goes WAY deeper than we could have ever imagined but I don't see that as super likely. I'm sure we'll be surprised with what we find, but I don't think it will be crazy compared to what we already know/theorize. Animals are very curious, intelligent and can do a lot of amazing things, but in their world that's normal. They do what they do to thrive in the world they live in, it's just a world that's not full of the complexities that we basically brought upon ourselves.

  • @artphotodude
    @artphotodude Před 3 dny +1

    I grew up on a farm and we often related the old addage that you "Shouldn't name an animal you plan to eat". I get this goes double for talking to them!

  • @philmatthews3537
    @philmatthews3537 Před 19 dny +2

    I had a conversation with a sheep once. While walking in the countryside I saw a sheep, I Baa'd at it, she Baa'd back, I Baa'd at it, she Baa'd back, this went on for a minute or so, then my daughter asked me what we said and I told her that I had no idea because I had no idea. But I did have a conversation with a sheep, It wasn't the usual sheep-monologue that we experience when walking in the countryside, it was a dialogue of sorts.

  • @marieh1104
    @marieh1104 Před 21 dnem

    The fact that Rufus made an appearance made me love this video. Most excellent!

  • @Lightzealot
    @Lightzealot Před 22 dny +30

    I grew up with a cat(Zelda) who had a litter of kittens. One of those kittens, Zaga, from birth till the day she passed at 21 years 3 months old, was tended to by humans. She preferred being at home in her mom's territory (her mom was a fighter cat).
    As she grew older, and you could tell she couldn't jump as freely as she wanted or move fast in general, she would look me in the eye, look a chair or a thing she needed moved, and then where she wanted it. It seemed like crystal clear that was what she was doing, we started working like clockwork, I'd just pull up chairs or boxes and she wouldn't miss a beat and complete her tricky journey up to tables or windowsills, sometimes barely pause to make sure the chair would be in position.
    Dozens if not hundreds of times I'd see her catch my gaze, then look at a thing, and then where she wanted it.
    Similarly her back did hurt, so she didn't like being picked up in the last 2-3 years of her life. But sometimes she just wanted to go Uppies. Then she'd catch my gaze, like before, then take a step closer to me diverting her eyes to the floor, and then up to me again. It was very cute cause she always had a purr going when you got down there. Like the act of observing her needs pleased her.
    And sometimes she couldn't get down from a place, she'd look at my eyes, look to the floor, then to my eyes again. And I would carefully pick her up and put her down.
    If it wasn't communicating, I don't know what is.
    Miss my little snugglebug dearly, even if it was all my attributing human understanding to an animals actions.

  • @RonnyCoalman
    @RonnyCoalman Před 22 dny

    When my cat wants to go outside, he just kinda comes into the living room and stares at me while standing near the hallway door, i know that he understands that i understand him when i stand up, because he always jumps up happily. xd

  • @galloe8933
    @galloe8933 Před 21 dnem

    My Pom-Chi mix is turning 15 in April, and she has slept next to me nearly her entire life. I took her to the vet the other day, and had to leave her, and when I came back, and she was being sent off, 5 or 6 Vet nurses? Vet-tecs? The point is, they all came into the room to say goodbye to her, because she listens to everything, and does what she can when asked. I thought it was funny that after half a day at the vet so many people showed up to say goodbye, it was cute.
    I talk to her a lot, always have, I know she can't talk, but she started to pick up on things, I'm not sure if she understands anything on a human level, pretty sure she doesn't. I have had people stop me, and earnestly ask if I can talk to my dogs. Hard one to say, I mean I don't "Talk" to dogs, but my dog listens to everything say to her, as does the other dog.
    Sidewalk, with me, hold, good girl, and lots more. She ain't special, she is to me, it's just if you give a lot more time than normal to a dog, they can do some amazing things.
    She is a small dog, and to think the only thing I wanted to do with her, was to make sure she didn't have a problem with barking too much, and now I have a dog friend who never leaves me.

  • @Petra44YT
    @Petra44YT Před 18 dny +1

    You now how they say that dogs and cats don't really understand the words we are saying but just react to the tone of our voice? Well, I've seen that this is most likely not the case.
    Twenty years ago, my daughter and her husband went on holiday in Croatia. Just your normal holiday things, such as relaxing on the beach and all that. That's how they met Grammy. They later called him Grammy because he reminded them of the Gremlins so much, with his giant ears. Some people did feed him, but still, he was malnourished. And he choose my sister and her husband as his new people. So, they asked the people who were feeding him whether it was alright with them if they just took him home with them. They agreed, and that's how Grammy made the transition from Croatia to Germany. (By the way, there is a funny photo showing him on the beach in Italy with that cat sitting next to them. They had of course not expected to travel with a cat.)
    He was a smart cat and lived with my sister and her husband for many years. But in the beginning, when he was new, I had the impression that that cat did not understand a word you were saying to it. He probably didn't. After a couple of months, I did not get that impression any more and he was just like another cat.
    So, to this day, I believe this cat spent those first few months learning German. 🙂

  • @lanichilds2825
    @lanichilds2825 Před 21 dnem

    You already did the Jason wrote this on the cephalopod.
    Your frustration as the evil guy in this sketch is really good though!
    Also awesome take on the reality of talking to animals
    I never realized how I Have truly given up on living out of context unrelated
    It’s good to see joes still around

  • @lukeahead6055
    @lukeahead6055 Před 17 dny

    The Prairie Dog shouting Alan was classic.😂😂

  • @jackinthebox301
    @jackinthebox301 Před 22 dny +37

    I saw that prairie dog "Alan!" joke coming from a mile away. Did I still laugh, though? Absolutely.

  • @Braunfolk
    @Braunfolk Před 17 dny +1

    The humor on this channel keeps getting better and better

  • @cab927
    @cab927 Před 22 dny

    I believe buttons can work with dogs for rhings like food or outside but beyond that it's difficult to create accurate associations with the dog pressing the button and what the button says.

  • @RetroJack
    @RetroJack Před 22 dny

    I remember walking along a country road past a house and a pitbull came out and walked beside me. I said hello, and he issued a low growl, but kept walking beside me without actually attacking. I thought to myself, "Ok, you've made your position clear" and kept walking. Once I was past, he just went back inside. I always felt that he thought he was guarding the house I was walking past and just didn't want no smoke!

  • @mrmoose-bt6ns
    @mrmoose-bt6ns Před 22 dny

    reminds me of a Sheep called Chris, from an island off the west of Ireland, he had a very artistic temperament and you could tell his mood just by looking at him... also, he Burped when depressed

  • @jaymethodus3421
    @jaymethodus3421 Před 22 dny +1


  • @rachelann9362
    @rachelann9362 Před 22 dny +117

    I’m autistic, so pattern recognition is something I’m pretty good at. My husband gets on me because there are some of our cats that definitely prefer me over him, and I keep telling him it’s because I don’t do things that they don’t like or annoys them (like being picked up and held on their back.) To me, dog and cat language is so incredibly clear, and it’s rare that they give mixed signals like people lying (or trying to manipulate.) basically, they wear their thoughts. You just have to pay attention and learn to interpret their language. Sure it’s not the same as understanding concepts and being able to have a verbal communication, but they are amazingly good communicators if you learn to listen. Do they really need to understand and formulate thought around conceptual ideas? Personally,I don’t think so. Understanding on an intrinsic level is vastly different from being able intellectualize it, lack of intellectual understanding does not mean one cannot understand it on an instinctive, emotive level.
    I do find that cat and dogs that aren’t listened to are much more reserved and their “vocabulary” of body language so to speak is greatly limited. Like my male dog is incredibly dog social, but he is a complete social idiot with other dogs.. it took a year of me interrupting and intervening play for him to start picking up on the subtle cues that say “give me space”, “I don’t want to play like that”, “this is too energetic for me”, “I don’t want to play anymore”, whereas before his main understand was them saying “Back the heck up! I don’t like you!” When they snarked at him. He just never learned the language as a pup, he had a bit that was instinctive, but he was missing all those nuances. I don’t think it ever became instinctive for him, but he seemed to be able to analyze and interpret after a LOT of repetition, and learning from negative and positive feedback from myself and the dogs I supervised his play with. Did he make the association of “when other dogs do this…. They mean THAT ” or was it “when they do this, my owner makes me stop so I need to stop”? Can’t say either way, but the resulting effect was the same. I can say that his usage of body language is still limited, but he is at least more AWARE when another dog uses it.
    ……my dog was like me growing up. Damn, no wonder I bonded with him. My own species confuses me too.

      @MIKE_THE_BRUMMIE Před 22 dny +10

      That's so interesting I love it.
      My son is autistic and his issue is human facial and social cues, it's actually really endearing (most of the time lol) and beautiful...he doesn't care who you are or what the situation is he'll talk to someone and want to interact with people on a very equal level it's great that no matter how the person is presenting he'll talk to them like he'd talk to anyone else.
      I'm so glad the internet is the way it is because it's really opened the door on how amazing autistic people are, it's not of limits for comedy and it's also really respected I think.
      Thank you for sharing ❤

    • @davidvomlehn4495
      @davidvomlehn4495 Před 22 dny +6

      Not autistic, but faceblind. Since I use body language and facial expressions to help recognize people, I wound up being sensitive to dog and cats body language and facial expressions. I like to watch dog and cat videos and predict what they're going to do well before they do it.

    • @DistantThunderworksLLC
      @DistantThunderworksLLC Před 22 dny +9

      "They wear their thoughts". VERY well said. If humans put as much effort into cueing off pet behavior than they do ours (especially dogs, who evolved to specifically pay attention to human behavioral patterns), as well as at least try to understand how we communicate to dogs non-verbally, they'd find much deeper relationships with them.

    • @coal.sparks
      @coal.sparks Před 21 dnem +7

      I had a cat who was not happy to go to the vet, and then there was a dog loudly barking and the vet was trying to feel his bladder and, unsurprisingly, he took a swipe at the vet. He was hissing and every bit of his being was conveying that he was unhappy and yet the vet was surprised that he got a scratch on his nose and claimed that no other animal had got him like that (in fact they put a note in his chart so any other time we went in to that office, the staff came out with thick leather gloves, which freaked him out even more!). I switched vet offices. I am now wondering if maybe the fact that I'm on the spectrum is why it was so obvious to me and not that the vet was extra oblivious.

    • @IzItShiny
      @IzItShiny Před 21 dnem +4

      100% agree, hadn't thought about that before. Cats are easy to understand, they communicate with their whole bodies. People? Not so much.

  • @Catastropheshe
    @Catastropheshe Před 13 dny

    On the intro, the more amazing is how we sing and how that can make you happy, angry or rip out your soul 😅😂😂😂

  • @scribeslendy595
    @scribeslendy595 Před 5 dny

    I had the incredible luck to get to go snorkeling around a cuttlefish mating ground. I think that single experience completely rewired my brain as to how I view animal intelligence and communication.
    Absolutely marvelous creatures

  • @corbinswier7426
    @corbinswier7426 Před 22 dny

    My brother got a squirrel to give him an acorn one time. There was a squirrel sitting on a fence with and acorn about a couple 100 feet from us and my brother started making squirrel sounds. Him and the squirrel went back and forth squeaking a couple times and then the squirrel climed down the fince, run up to my brother, looked up and then layed the acorn down next to my brothers feet and then ran off.

  • @TheGreyLineMatters
    @TheGreyLineMatters Před 21 dnem

    I'll never forget the day I was taught the "intricate" workings of the... fart... That's right, I remember that day well, because I laughed so hard, they sent me home from school and my father took my Xbox away and grounded me for a couple month. Yeah, he was always kind and understanding like that when I did absolutely nothing wrong. Maybe they should have a class for parents to teach them that laughing is okay, especially regarding farts.

  • @AntneeUK
    @AntneeUK Před 19 dny +1

    I don't need AI to talk to animals, do I doggo? Do I? No I don't, you know, don't you boy? Yeah! You're a good boy, aren't you? Yeah, I know, my good boy!

  • @joyl7842
    @joyl7842 Před 22 dny +27

    My neighbor's special-needs dog is so well-trained he knows when she's cold, brings her a blanket and knows which groceries to get at the supermarket, which he actually gets from the shelf and puts into her basket. That dog's training did cost the same as a new car though.

  • @aleyoakenshield5384
    @aleyoakenshield5384 Před 21 dnem

    I think one of the things that makes the relationship between pets and owners so amazing is exactly the fact that we can't speak with each other. I think that could be ruined to an extent if we could.

  • @legacyjackassoficial146

    closed mouth, moving towards interlocutor, then open, close, long breath and slight frustration face = really important thing to convey in dogs.

  • @TeodorAngelov
    @TeodorAngelov Před 22 dny

    The channel style and topics create an amazing feeling of coziness.

  • @austindale3129
    @austindale3129 Před 22 dny

    Yeah, My border collie went deaf 3 years ago, and I'm still yapping away. Sooo hmph. I'm talking to her right now, telling her how I'm writing about talking to her even though she can't hear me. Do I need help? In all seriousness though, this is an absolutely fascinating video. well done, and thank you! Having a deaf dog (14 years old) has made me realize how insanely perceptive dogs are to the nuances of our actions. If it seems like a dog knows when you're sad, happy, or mad, it's because we put out signals they pick up on often before they even register to us. And border collies never freakin blink, so she's just been staring at me analyzing with laser focus for 10 years before she went deaf, so it has barely made a difference in our activities. I do miss the head tilt, now she just stares me,.. all judgy.

    • @Drachenfrau
      @Drachenfrau Před 16 dny

      *Deaf, not def. So odd that your spelling much larger words properly, but a short word like deaf you spell incorrectly in both instances you use the word. Curious.

  • @elkcreek11
    @elkcreek11 Před 11 dny

    “Your Mother's a Horse” made me laugh way harder than I should have 😂

  • @sthomas6369
    @sthomas6369 Před 22 dny +35

    My dog definitely understands a lot of words we speak around him, because he reacts - and it's not just things like "out, walk, treat" etc. He knows the names of our family members for instance. He communicates back in a number of ways though, not all verbal. He might make a sound, but also his body posture, how his ears and tail are held, and he will also sometimes use his paw to get attention. Another method of communication is that sometimes he'll pee, like if he's nervous (that's not uncommon). One example is when he wants food, he'll make some chuff kind of noises (not quite a bark) but also will do a little dance and consistently turn his head to where we keep the food. My point is that it's not just "what does that bark mean" they're using ALL the cues available to them.
    What I've learned from all of that (and from having different dogs over the years) is that learning to communicate with an animal is something that goes both ways. It's not simply me learning to interpret the dog's communication, it's him learning how to communicate with me. That means another dog might not communicate the same way my dog does with me (because other dogs I've had in the past have used different methods).

    • @justsomenobody889
      @justsomenobody889 Před 18 dny +3

      Until I got a dog as an adult (we had many as kids) and attempted to 'teach' him English by speaking in a very simple consistent way, I feel like I completely underestimated their potential to understand it.
      Maybe our current dog is especially gifted in this regard, but he knows the difference between ' is going on a jog, he'll be back soon" vs " is going in the car, he'll be back later". If he hears "soon" he will start to get excited, whereas if he hears "later" he looks dejected. If we say " and and are all gonna go in the car" he gets INSANELY excited. If I ask "where's your leash?" he will look around for it. He seems to know 'happy', 'sad', 'fight', 'sleepy', and 'excited', but unclear whether this is mostly from our tone of voice. It's really incredible how adept they can be.

  • @Casey-qn1vi
    @Casey-qn1vi Před 22 dny

    Tangent cam response: absolutely yes. We only empathize as humans when we have an emotional or logical reason to do so. Giving animals the ability to speak in order to explain their reasoning or feelings would absolutely create more empathy for animals! One big explample I think of is descions that involve the animal's life, like putting them down if they're old and in pain

  • @jamess3241
    @jamess3241 Před 22 dny

    So I think there's kind of three different ways that people can interact with dogs. My dog goes with me everyday on the road all across the nation and we're super tight. For the first few years I could get her to do anything just by teaching her the command for it. Now we're so tight that I hardly bother using words anymore. We can pretty much communicate nonverbally now. 90% of the time I can tell what she's thinking just by looking at her, and I feel like she can do the same with me. She for sure knows when I've had a bad day or if anything is bothering me

    • @jamess3241
      @jamess3241 Před 22 dny

      I don't even use the kitty voice like you use with your dog. I talked to her like she's an adult

  • @alphamegaman8847
    @alphamegaman8847 Před 22 dny

    At 7:32
    Out of the Box, Next Level right there! 🤯😁
    Mike in San Diego. 🌞🎸🚀🖖