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Do you use baby talk when talking to your pets or other people's pets?

July 26th, 2005, 12:51 PM
I was wondering how many people talk to their pets using "baby talk" or cutesy voices.

I find myself doing it to all animals, not just my own pets. I don't do it though when I'm giving a command, but I do when I'm praising or playing with them.

Most people I know do, but there are the occasional people that I've met that say that they don't and there are people that I know that I've never seen them do it.

I was just curious. It was on a show a few weeks ago and ever since then I've been paying close attention to other owners and how the talk to their pets.

July 26th, 2005, 01:08 PM
I am sure I have done it atleast once. I tend to speak more as if they were one of my children.

July 26th, 2005, 01:08 PM
Ok well I said Always but that means Always when I am not giving him a comand. You can't really get an animal to obey a comand when you are talking all cutsie. I guess I should have chose sometimes..

Oh and yes, I do it to other peoples animals too.

July 26th, 2005, 01:14 PM
It's funny, because I just got caught last week talking baby talk to my neighbors 2 boxers(Rex and Sadie). I was saying, "hows my schweet wittle wiggle bums, schweet Rexie boo boo, schweet wittle sadie pup pup, oooohhhh schweet puppieeeeeeees!!" And I hear "hi Liz" I look up and the whole family is sitting at the picnic table looking at me, like I'm a total lunatic!! I didn't even see them there, I was to preoccupied loving up the dogs :o

July 26th, 2005, 01:19 PM
Mommy calls her smoochie woochie boo boos for scwatchies and tummy wubs!!! :rolleyes:

nope not me, don't know what you're talkin' about

July 26th, 2005, 01:25 PM
Depends on the dog. My alpha Dachshunds were seriously brilliant and my Eskimo is brilliant and did/do not respond well to baby talk - unless of course not feeling well or feeling slighted - as in doing everything possible to get chunk of wood from dog's mouth only to discover it was in fact dog's cookie. The look! So then comforting and apologetic tones - much as you would use with a child.

July 26th, 2005, 01:25 PM
Mommy calls her smoochie woochie boo boos for scwatchies and tummy wubs!!! :rolleyes:

nope not me, don't know what you're talkin' about

LOL :D So I'm not the only crazy one ;)

July 26th, 2005, 01:40 PM
LOL So I'm not the only crazy one

Nope. And speaking of "looks" how many of us have gotten the look that says "You're a wack-job!!" from your pet while doing the baby talk thing??!!

Jake has no pride and will take whatever attention anyone gives him, but Gypsy is more expressive and smarter(shh don't tell Jake!! :D ) and she looks at you as if you are "2 quarts low" hehe hehe :o

July 26th, 2005, 01:47 PM
I rarely use babytalk on babies, even. :) But I couldn't say 'never' because I will definitely babytalk a really really itty bitty young puppy or kitten -- or any animal who is very sick or hurt.

July 26th, 2005, 02:06 PM
I said always but I don't like to think of it as ridiculous baby talk - although sometimes the looks I get make me realize how silly people think I am.

The greatest is when I am walking Dodger alone and nattering away in front of non-pet people - they really think I belong in the looney bin! :crazy:

Like I said though, I look at it as more of a conversation... ;)

July 26th, 2005, 02:57 PM
LOL, the images these replies evoked, lol yep, guilty here too! Non pet people must think we're nuts sometimes :eek:

twinmommy and happycats, you guys really made me laugh :D :grouphug:

Dog Dancer
July 26th, 2005, 03:10 PM
Who's been listening in on us??? Yeah we talk baby talk to the girls. Not real baby talk, but more like talking to a child, although if we're being silly we get real cutesy wootsie. The girls seem to pick up that it's silly time. I have had to correct a friend of mine who talks that way to her dog and tries to tell it to sit - like fifteen times... Hello dear, it's in the tone! Tell her seriously then make it happen. Commands and baby talk just don't work.

doggy lover
July 26th, 2005, 03:18 PM
I talk to Tucker like I would to a young child, I'm his mummy and so on. But i do call him my pumpkin and such silly names.

July 26th, 2005, 03:20 PM
Only after they have done something good, and it's not like "Ooh, cutesy wootsy snugglebums,smoochy-poo!" It's more like "Who's a good dog, who is it, yes you are! Good girl! You wanna treat?"

Tigra doesn't mind that, but Surria turns her head to one side, looks at me like I'm crazy, and walks away. Kiki will purr or meow like "mrrrrrowwwr."

I do call them things like "fuzzybums" or "woofy-woof" though. xD

July 26th, 2005, 03:51 PM
I use baby talk all the time. My boyfriend and his mom do too, and it just cracks me up because I know how ridiculous I must sound. The best thing is that my boyfriend's parents have an african gray and it now imitates all of the dumb things we say to Molly. We can always tell who is being mocked because it imitates our exact tone of voice.
Another thing I do is talk to Molly as if she's a person that answers back. My boyfriend says this comes out of me especially at the dog park. I manage to say everything I'm thinking like when Molly wouldn't drink out of the buckets, I said: "So you'll drink out of water bottles, but you're too good for buckets." He's decided that I've become the dog park nutter because I keep spurting ridiculous comments.

July 26th, 2005, 04:09 PM
It's nice to know that I'm not the only one that nonanimal people think is a nutbar! So far it looks like baby talk is the norm amongst us animal people!

I like to use baby talk to get Misty going. She starts to wag her tail slowly than the more excited my voice gets and the more cutesy words I use, the faster her tail will wag until it is going around in circles and she is baying like a true beagle! I know she probably thinks I'm nuts, but she loves attention and will do anything for it!

I admit that I have always had conversations with all my pets. They are true secret keepers, they never tell a soul! I like the way they look at you with their head tilted to the side as if they really understand what you are saying. I'm sure anyone overhearing me and Misty having a conversation has thought that I'm either on the phone or just plain nuts since they never hear anyone else in the room, just my voice!

July 26th, 2005, 06:04 PM
I am not guilty of this one, well almost never :) In fact I have long conversations with mine. My sister thinks I am nuts, but she is amazed at how much they appear to understand. I think I did try baby talk once with Delaney, and she just stared at me with her head cocked to the side lol, as if to say "What's up Mom?" lol


July 26th, 2005, 07:22 PM
Oh, absolutely. It's always disgusting stuff like "Who's Mommy's Chaco Bell" or "Maya Anne." The minute I start, Chaco rolls onto her back and purrs like a maniac, and Maya starts turning somersaults. With that kind of positive reinforcement, how can I resist?

July 26th, 2005, 08:38 PM
Never... I have a very monotone, nasal voice and if I baby talk it just comes out as a high pitched noise and the dogs scatter... (Picture Fran Drescher squeeking...)

July 26th, 2005, 08:57 PM
Never... I have a very monotone, nasal voice and if I baby talk it just comes out as a high pitched noise and the dogs scatter... (Picture Fran Drescher squeeking...)
:eek: :eek: LMAO!!!

July 27th, 2005, 12:27 PM
I use baby talk more with puppies. I never really thought about it before, but I guess as the dog gets older, I hold more normal conversations with them. I use baby talk alot when I'm loving on them or grooming them - no matter what the age - or if they are hurt or sick.

I do talk to my dogs alot - I always have. I usually just ignore the "that woman needs a straightjacket" look that other people give me. :p

Lucky Rescue
July 27th, 2005, 12:49 PM
You mean stuff like "Ohhhh, how's my itty bitty wittle sweetums babeee girlie, my fattybuns! Oh, dat widdle sweetiepie!!"?

Nope. Not me. Never.:D

July 28th, 2005, 02:00 PM
Ya big ol wiggle butt, how's my little man, twirly girls

July 28th, 2005, 03:11 PM
guilty as charged. :p

July 28th, 2005, 05:36 PM
Definately, but the baby talk is much more "normal" than my fake "alpha voice" thats when I really get the looks! I cant help but make faces as well...when I try to do the low toned voice. Its just nutty but it works for my sweet wittle wiggawy but...whoes the cutest boy in the whooole wooorld?...... thats right its Wockyfeller! LOL :love: OOOh my cute Wockapuppy!

July 28th, 2005, 05:43 PM
ROFLMAO. This has been such a fun and educational thread for me. I keep reading your posts aloud to my husband in my most monotone and academic voice and he tells me it's a wonder I have managed to raise children. :D

July 31st, 2005, 12:40 AM
I use baby talk alot when I'm loving on them or grooming them

Me too, Elvis is only six months so I do end up using it at times, somehow his nickname is bubby which I think evolved from puppy. If it's not baby talk, it's crazy talk - which I started doing so that I didn't sound repetitive and boring, but now it comes out when I'm talking to people and it's a little weird.