(CBSDFW.COM) – Using your dog voice to talk to your dog can help build a stronger relationship, one study says. The use of speech is similar to using a baby voice when talking to a baby.

Researchers at York University ran a series of speech tests with adult dogs, where they were given a chance to listen to dog-directed speech with dog-related content. This was along with adult-directed speech with no dog-related content and a mixture of the two.

Following the tests, the dogs were allowed to then choose which speaker they wanted to interact with.

The research suggests that adult dogs prefer to hang with those who use dog-relevant words, like “let’s go for a walk,” in a high-pitched voice.