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Taylor Brown, from Toronto, Canada, filmed her dog Stella after using a ‘dog translator’ app to ask for a kiss.
She wanted to see whether it would work on her dog after it was recommended to her by her sister.
There are dozens of ‘dog translator’ apps on Apple’s App Store and it is unclear which app Taylor used to get these shocking results.
However, Taylor is fully convinced it worked. She told Newswire: “This dog translator app actually worked on my dog when I asked for a kiss.
“My sister had informed me about it and I figured I’d try it with my dog. I was so shocked it actually worked!”
One of the most popular dog translator apps on the App Store is called Dog Translator: Game For Dogs. Users can click on a selection of pre-recorded sounds to “speak” with their dog or they can record a message to be “translated” using the microphone feature.
Reviews for the app are mostly positive, with an average rating of 4.4 out of five. One user, who gave the app three stars, wrote: “Tried it with my puppy not sure it completely understands it, or even understands it at all however it’s completely fun to use with your dogs and is a fun app.”
However other users were not convinced, with one dissatisfied customer leaving a mere one-star review. “We don’t know what the dogs actually [hear] it could be really bad stuff! I told my dog ‘hello’ through the translator, she looked at me and ran out of the room and went in the corner of another room!”
Lorna Winter, co-founder of puppy training app, Zigzag, said the best way to understand what your dog’s are trying to say is by learning their behaviour rather than trying to translate human words into barks: She said: "Learning about your dog’s emotions and how to communicate with them takes time, it’s not something you can learn overnight via a translator app.
“If you are trying to gain a deeper understanding of your dogs personality and behaviour you will only learn this by making them your companion, and giving them lots of time and attention.”
Neil Hutchinson for Kennel Store said: “It is extremely hard extremely hard to say whether dog translator apps work, as there's no way to prove what these apps are correctly translating what our dogs are saying.”
“But they are endless amounts of fun to use in trying to guess what our pets are saying to us and it allows us an insight into how technology can progress in years to come, in terms of pet communication.”
Hutchinson said it’s hard to determine which app Taylor using but noted that despite the popularity of dog translation apps, he would not recommend using them as a way to analyse dog behaviour. “If you suspect your dog isn't right, dog translator apps should not be used in replacement of assessing your dogs behaviour and mood and seek the appropriate help if something isn't quite right."
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