Christina Hunger, a speech-language pathologist, can teach her dog to communicate without barking. The 26-year-old has invented a method for her dog Stella to convey her requirements using human language. Hunger, a Catahoula/Blue Heeler mix, can tell when she’s thirsty, wants to go outside, and is seeking for her favorite toy thanks to her creativity. Hunger uses short films to chronicle Stella’s developing talents, and their back-and-forth talks are nothing short of incredible.
So, how does Stella communicate? Hunger designed an adapted gadget with rows of huge, brightly colored buttons. Each switch represents a distinct word that depicts places such as “park,” items such as “ball,” and feelings such as “glad” and “angry.” Hunger or her fiancé’s voice speaks the word when the button is touched. Stella can then use a combination of words to explain what she’s trying to communicate.
Hunger said it was time to lay down in one video, but Stella replied with the phrase “water.” It turned out that her dish needed to be refreshed when her human went to it. Hunger attempted to convince Stella to go to bed after she drank the water again. Stella responded with “toy ball want” to express her need for her Kong toy, which she keeps in her bed with her at all times. “All done pleased!” Stella said when the Kong was recovered.
Have you ever wished for a talking dog? Christina Hunger, a speech-language pathologist, has designed an adaptive gadget that allows her dog Stella to tie words together into rough phrases.
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