Amazing moment dog 'speaks' to owner in clip from Channel 4's The Secret Life of Pets

By Emily Martin

If you are a dog owner, it will come as no surprise to you that given the right tools, your pooch would 100% be able to tell you what it's thinking.

Whether it's wanting to go outside, or being hungry. Or maybe even something more complex like telling you it loves you. Aww.

Well, brace yourself because in tonight's first episode of The Secret Life of Pets the series begins by exploring communication with animals and asks whether it's possible for us to understand our four-legged friends better with the use of new technology.

In an amazing clip from this evening's show, Bunny the dog uses a complicated arrangement of push buttons to "speak" to her owner.

Asking first to go outside and then when she's told by her owner, "Later", Bunny presses the buttons for "Now" and also "Happy".

Owners everywhere have an instinctive urge to communicate with their beloved pets, but the holy grail is to truly understand what they are saying to us and discovering what they think and how they feel.

With the help of brand-new science, we could see how every animal has their own unique way of expressing themselves, and the incredible new technology that’s helping us to understand them.

From the dog communicating with his owner, to the parrots fooling Alexa into adding their favourite treats to the weekly shop

There's also rats constantly chatting away just above our hearing range, the guinea pigs born communicating, the rabbit helping an autistic child and the sniffer dog communicating with his owner to help to save the last Northern white Rhino on earth.

Amazing and not to be missed.

Episode one explores the extraordinary science behind inter-species communication. Tune in tonight (Tuesday, January 11) at 8pm on ITV.


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