“…learn more about our pets’ secret lives” – Business Insider

Check out this article about Bunny and our dog study by Business Insider:

  • Bunny, a dog who can communicate using sound-making buttons, has over 5.7 million followers on TikTok.
  • Her owner, Alexis Devine, frequently posts videos showing her dog ‘talking’ to her.
  • Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, are observing Bunny to see whether pets can express themselves in language-like ways.
  • In addition to Bunny, 1300 other dogs are being examined as part of the TheyCanTalk study.
  • So far, the project’s lead scientist has described some of their discoveries as “exciting” and as having exceeded his expectations.

TheyCanTalk.org AMA with Professor Federico Rossano

Professor Federico Rossano answered the public’s questions about the dog cognition project, TheyCanTalk, during a live Ask-Me-Anything. Check out this video to learn more about cognition, language learning and communication in dogs and non-human primates! If you have any further questions for Professor Rossano, please reach out via social media or email!

Collaboration with FluentPet

CCL is in collaboration with FluentPet to determine whether, and if so, how and how much non-humans are able to express themselves in language-like ways.

Bunny, a famous talking dog, is one of the participants in a large scale study currently enrolling hundreds of participants on how dogs are using soundboards from FluentPet to communicate with human and how does this change their communicative abilities. It is a development of a tool used with children with communicative difficulties and similar tools have been used with non-human primates in the past. We are working both on the memory aspects and especially on the linguistic aspects (e.g. how they combine words to produce utterances, how quickly they learn new words, what kind of things they communicate about, etc.).

You can find more information about the research process here: https://www.theycantalk.org

You can purchase a soundboard here: https://fluent.pet/

Follow Bunny on Instagram & TikTok: @what_about_bunny