Stella may be a dog, however, she is aware of a way to communicate. Her owner, Christina Hunger, is a medical doctor specialized in pathology in San Diego, has taught her Stella to ‘TALK‘ with the assistance of a custom-built keyboard.
This keyboard consists of Twenty-Nine buttons for 29 words like “look”, “come”, “sit” and “outside”. Whenever Stella, the dog wants to say something, she pushes the corresponding button with her paw. She generally presses 4 to 5 buttons along to create a sentence.
With the 478.8k followers and thousands of views on her video, she has become an online sensation for her Superb communication skills.
In this video, you can see Stella pushing the “look” button persistently, asking Ms. Hunger to inquire about the sound she heard coming from outside.
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Stella uses language differently when she’s in a heightened state versus when she’s calm! • Today when she heard some noises outside and wanted to go investigate, I told her we were staying inside. • Stella responded by saying, “Look” 9 TIMES IN A ROW, then “Come outside.” She was clearly in a more frantic state, and her language use matched that. We all sound differently than normal when we’re in distress, Stella included! • I’m impressed that Stella is communicating with language during her more heightened states, not just when she’s calm and in a quiet space. This shows me that words are becoming more automatic for her to use. It’s similar to when a toddler starts using language to express himself during times of frustration instead of only crying. That happens when it’s easy for the toddler to say words, not when he’s still learning and it takes a lot of focus to talk ?? • • • • • #hunger4words #stellathetalkingdog #slpsofinstagram #speechtherapy #AAC #ashaigers #slp #corewords #SLPeeps #slp2be #earlyintervention #languagedevelopment #dogsofinstagram #dogmom #doglife #dogs #guarddog #animalpsychology #doglover #dogvideos #sandiegodog #catahoula #blueheeler #smartdog #dogcommunication #mydogtalks #animalcommunication #interspeciescommunication #loveanimals
This video has gone viral, making thousands of people going crazy. Fans are commenting “This is blowing my mind Bro!!” followed by “Look at this doggo and her mum.”
Stella always makes sure to grab the person’s attention before she speaks.
She sometimes says ‘look’, waits for the person to look toward her then says her message.”
Christina Hunger figured out a unique way to help her dog speak like humans the words she is already aware of.
“Stella’s favorite button is ‘Outside’ as she presses that button most. She loves being outside.” Ms. Hunger said in an interview with CNN.
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