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Nazis tried to teach dogs to talk

New research has revealed the the Nazis invested a lot of time and effort into teaching dogs to talk.

The incredible findings show Nazi officials recruited so-called educated dogs from all over Germany and trained them to ‘speak’ and tap out signals using their paws.

One dog was said to have uttered the words ‘Mein Fuhrer’ when asked who Adolf Hitler was.

Another was said to ‘speak’ by tapping letters of the alphabet with his paws and freely discussed religion and learned poetry, it was claimed.

The Germans hoped to use the animals for the war effort, such as getting them to work alongside the SS and guard concentration camps to free up officers.

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Story: The Daily Mail | Photo: BNPS.CO.UK

7 thoughts on “Nazis tried to teach dogs to talk

  1. I suppose talking dogs was a bit funny, but they were fascinated by the possibility of producing good quality science, weren’t they. The teams of top quality archaeologists sent to far flung digs, for ezample, suggests the German leadership was truly dedicated to quality scientific scholarship. Of course we may wonder at the political motivation for this scientific push, but as far as the scientists were concerned, it was all good.

  2. now we have people trying to talk to dolphins and apes and monkeys. maybe not for nefarious purposes but it’s just as goofy in the long run……………..

  3. Jan Bondeson, the author of the book this article is based on, has been reported by the BBC ( as saying that the press coverage of the Nazi aspect of his research has trivilised his study.

    He points out, and I agree, that much of the activities performed by the dogs, such as tapping out names were a “Clever Hans” effect rather than a sign of the dogs learning language. The clever Hans effect ( refers to a horse who was percieved to be able to solve mathematical problems but was later revealed to be merely taking subtle cues from it’s trainer in an effort to please him.

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