According to a study carried out at the University of Lincoln, unlike humans, dogs learn words by linking them to size and textures rather than shapes
Researchers from the university found that when a dog learns to associate a word with an object, it makes the association in a completely different way to humans.
When toddlers pick up language, they learn by associating words with the shapes of objects.For example, toddlers who learn what a ‘ball’ is and are then presented other objects with similar shapes, sizes or textures will identify a similarly-shaped object as ‘ball’, rather than one of the same size or texture.
Dogs have been shown to associate words with objects, such as toys, but their learning process was unstudied.
This just left me wondering if they can learn different languages as well. I’m sure my dog would learn any language quickly if the word being used was “biscuit”!