Did you know that humans can learn to understand what a dog’s bark or growl means? According to a recent study by Dr Tamas Farago at the University of Hungry, that may be the case! The study also showed that women were better than men at understanding when a dog was just playing or if he was being threatened. Forty volunteers listened to various growls from 18 different dogs who either guarded their food, faced a stranger, or played tug-of-war. 63 per cent of the growl samples were recognized – significantly more than you would think. The volunteers identified 81 per cent of the “play” growls…yet were less successful at recognizing the guarding of food food or confronting a stranger.