Have you guys seen this?
I just stumbled across this on facebook. Bunny is a sheepadoodle and she has a board with buttons with words, and it looks like she's communicating with her people. Apparently she's part of a study on animal communication and cognition. I don't know what I think. Is Bunny talking to them? I mean, I do think there are so many things about dogs that we don't know yet. I know my own dogs understand words and phrases that I didn't deliberately teach them. They absolutely understand "are you hungry?" and treat, cookie, bed, outside, and walk, among other things. Is it really so far fetched to think that they can "say" those things back to us if they're given the tools for communication? It looks like she's deliberately picking buttons and not just randomly stomping them.
In any case, it's kind of fun to watch her. She's a cute dog.