This Girl Taught Her Dog to Talk by Using a Special Soundboard

It’s pretty obvious to us that once dogs learn how to talk, it’s only a matter of time before they rise up and overthrow their human masters, taking their rightful place atop the social ladder. And now, that day has dawned.

Well, OK, it’s only one dog. And whether it’s really “talking” might be debatable. But you can’t deny it’s a disturbing and/or adorable development.

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Hello there everyone!! ? Welcome to the Hunger for Words community! I’m THRILLED you’re here! I feel completely honored by this outpouring of enthusiasm and inspiration ?? Here is a fun Stella series to kick off this new chapter! • Jake and I were discussing taking Stella to Petco. She was certainly listening…! • Video 1: Stella said “Goodbye outside.” This is the third time in the past few weeks that Stella has combined “good” and “bye” to say “Goodbye” instead of just “bye”! • Video 2: Jake said he wanted to hang our spice racks first, started the project, and Stella told him, “Later Jake” ?? (Translation: Do that later, I want to go!) • Video 3: Stella came full circle with her message and told us she was REALLY ready to leave by saying, “Bye bye bye good bye!” (Looks like we have ourselves a little @nsync fan ?) • I hope you all have a great day!

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Speech pathologist Christina Hunger – great name – has trained her dog Stella to communicate using human language, a pretty neat trick in anyone’s book. Hunger achieved the momentous feat by designing a special soundboard for her pooch. On the board is an array of big buttons that Stella can press with her paw, each one of which plays a different word, spoken in Hunger or her fiance’s voice. Pressing the buttons to play words like “ball”, “water”, “park”, “want”, and even “happy” and “mad”, Stella can let Hunger know what she wants and how she feels.

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Stella makes sure she has everything she needs before I leave for work! Take a look at this amazing series to see how Stella participates in our getting ready to leave routine: • Video 1: After I said “Stella bed,” she responded “Water.” Sure enough, her water bowl was empty. • Video 2: Stella drank her water. After I said “Stella bed” again, she responded, “Toy ball want.” We always leave Stella in her bed with her Kong toy. She had to make sure I found it first! • Video 3: After we found the Kong, Stella commented, “All done happy!” She got everything she needed and was ready for the day ? • • • • • #hunger4words #stellathetalkingdog #slpsofinstagram #speechtherapy #AAC #slp #corewords #slp2be #aacawarenessmonth #earlyintervention #routines #languagedevelopment #dogsofinstagram #dogmom #doglife #dogs #animalpsychology #doglover #dogvideos #sandiegodog #catahoula #blueheeler #smartdog #dogcommunication #mydogtalks #animalcommunication #interspeciescommunication #loveanimals #kongdogtoys #ashaigers

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It’s a pretty major breakthrough in human-dog relations, and if canine talk hasn’t quite yet reached a Scrappy-Doo level of sophistication, Hunger has already massively surpassed the Lassie model of communication – if they’d had the soundboard back then, Timmy would’ve been rescued from the well so much faster every week.

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Last night, right before this video was taken, I accidentally said “ball” on Stella’s device while I was actually reaching for a different word. But, Stella took this very seriously! She picked up her ball, dropped it on her device, and said “Good” (Translation: Good idea, Mom!) • I started recording right after she said “Good” and caught the rest of her thought: “Happy ball want outside!” • Like all AAC users, Stella thrives when we talk to her using her device and say words that she loves. She never needs to know it was on accident! ? • • • • • #hunger4words #stellathetalkingdog #slpsofinstagram #speechtherapy #AAC #ashaigers #slp #corewords #SLPeeps #slp2be #aacawarenessmonth #earlyintervention #languagedevelopment #dogsofinstagram #dogmom #doglife #dogs #animalpsychology #doglover #dogvideos #sandiegodog #catahoula #blueheeler #smartdog #dogcommunication #mydogtalks #animalcommunication #interspeciescommunication #loveanimals

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