Dog Learning to Talk Using Custom Soundboard ‘Similar to 2-Year-Old’

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Ladies and gentlemen, the impossible has happened: A dog has learned how to speak.

Well, kind of…

Christina Hunger, who lives and works as a speech and language pathologist in San Diego, has imparted her language wisdom upon her dog, Stella. Though the pooch still doesn’t have the ability to actually speak, she is able to communicate her thoughts, feelings, and wants through a special soundboard. Whenever the canine wants something, like a walk, or a simple belly-scratch, all she needs to do is press her paw onto the correct button with the appropriate word.

And, remarkably, she has learned every word on her soundboard, and can even string sentences together.

What a good girl.

Keep scrolling for the full story, and to hear just how Christine and Stella have accomplished such a remarkable task.

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Would they declare their undying love for us? Would they thank us for consistently providing a warm and loving home for them? Or would they just ask us for food?

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Because, despite their intelligence, dogs simply don’t possess the biology to be able to speak in languages as we do.

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Dogs have come up with their own unique ways of telling us what they want.

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Or barking incessantly until they get what they want, dogs have acquired their own quirky ways of communicating with their human companions over the years.

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And have faith that they are able to communicate with us in a much more effective manner than simply barking or wagging their tails.

Meet Christina Hunger and her pooch, Stella.

And she has used her expertise to teach Stella, who is a Catahoula/Blue Heeler mix, how to communicate using actual, human words.

But she has given her the ability to communicate her thoughts and feelings through a nifty little soundboard.

And now, at eighteen-months-old, the canine has memorized twenty-nine different words and is able to use them effectively.

Stella uses her paws to push on her desired word.

And, by doing so, creates short phrases and sentences.

“I’m in constant amazement and shock,” she told PEOPLE. “Every day she says something cooler than she said the day before.”

On her blog, Hunger For Words, the proud owner posts regular updates on Stella’s speech and language journey.

“The way she uses words to communicate and the words she’s combining is really similar to a 2-year-old child,” Christina explained.

Stella has been able to tell Christina important information, including when she’s tired and wants a nap, when she’s hungry and wants to be fed, and when she wants to go outside – specifically to the park.

Christina recalled a special moment in which Stella was able to communicate her exact thoughts.

One day, while waiting for Christina’s fiance, Jake, to arrive home, Stella was sat whining at the door.

But, incredibly, Stella used her soundboard to spell out the words “want,” “Jake,” and “come.”

And when her beloved Jake finally arrived home, she went back to her soundboard and pressed on the “happy” button. She then rolled over for a much-deserved belly rub.

Which words are Stella’s favourites?

But they’re pretty obvious. “Walk” is a firm favorite, with Christina explaining “I didn’t realize how much she was waiting to say it.” “Beach” is another popular word of choice for the pooch. Christina plans to continue teaching Stella more and more words and wants to teach other dogs how to speak so they too can communicate with their owners.