One mom hilariously caught a baby and the family dog having what sounds like a complete conversation on video (below).
Some dogs seem to understand a lot more than we give them credit for. Even though they might only know a few commands, a lot of the the time it seems as though they can tell by the tones of our voices and our emotions how we are feeling, and they usually tell us when they need something, too.
In the viral video, uploaded to YouTube in 2012, someone walks in on the baby, sitting on the floor across from the family's pet husky, having a "conversation" as the pair gets excited and they both try to relate to each other.
The baby babbles, and then the husky responds by "talking" in a sound similar to howling. The pup vocalizes a similar number of syllables as the baby and uses a similar tone, as if copying the baby's notes.
More than a thousand people commented on the video, which has gotten more than 3 million views in five years. Some joked that it sounded like a political debate, while others questioned whether the conversation was more of an argument or a moment of relating to each other.
"Frankly I think the dog makes the better points," one person commented.
Another said their behavior looked just like two siblings who "copy everything the other one says to annoy them."
"Maybe, in their own special universe, they actually understand each other," one person wrote below the video.
Another YouTube user joked, "The dog is probably saying 'Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Don't you ever stop babbling?! Just be quiet for 5 minutes! PLEASE!'"
Internet users can speculate as much as they want about the content of the conversation between the adorable pair, but it's unlikely anyone will ever know for sure.
Owners sometimes try to decode what it means when a dog "talks" simply based on their tone.
According to The Bark, dogs usually communicate friendly messages like "come here" or other affectionate expressions with high-pitched noises with many variations in their tone, while messages related to aggression, defensiveness and warnings like "go away" are conveyed with low-pitched sounds with less tonal variation, just like humans.
"Vocal behavior in other species has received a lot of detailed attention," University of Oregon faculty fellow Monique Udell told The Bark. "In birds, we've looked down to the note sequence and explored tiny variations. Vocalizations are such a prominent feature of dogs, and there is a lot to learn."