NCBI ROFL: The role of pet dogs in casual conversations of elderly adults.

By ncbi rofl | April 9, 2012 7:00 pm

“Casual conversations were recorded as elderly persons routinely walked their dogs through a familiar mobile home park in the United States. Control observations included walks without dogs by owners and non-owners of dogs. All owners talked to and about their dogs. Transcribed conversations indicated that dogs were a primary focus of conversation. A majority of sentences to dogs were imperatives; the owners were instructing the dogs. Dog owners frequently included dogs’ names or nicknames in their sentences when they spoke to the dogs and made reference to the dogs’ wishes or needs. Speaking to dogs was also associated with frequent repetition of sentences. Passersby talked to the owners about their dogs whether or not the dogs were present. When dog owners spoke with other people, their conversations often concerned activities that were occurring in the present, whereas conversations of non-owners focused on stories about past events. Dog owners reported taking twice as many daily walks as non-owners. Dog owners also reported significantly less dissatisfaction with their social, physical and emotional states.”

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  • Twomorebeers

    what about crazy cat ladies ?

  • Steve Moore

    We humans love to talk and luckily we have a canines who are willing to put up with all the racket.

  • Rpaulk71

     Sometimes the best person to talk to isn’t even a person at all. Our dogs do listen and hear us.. Its too bad they can’t talk back.. http://www.dog-loverz.com

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