Animals·Posted on Nov 4, 2020Meet Bunny, The Talking Dog That TikTok Is Obsessed WithThis dog has a bigger vocabulary than most toddlers!by Alex GurleyBuzzFeed ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Bunny the Sheepadoodle may seem like an ordinary dog but there's one major difference. She can talk...sort of! View this photo on Instagram @what_about_bunny / Via instagram.com Oh, and she has almost five million followers on TikTok. Over the past year, Bunny's owner Alexis Devine has been teaching her to use an intricate system of buttons with words or phrases to communicate — and it's working! View this photo on Instagram @what_about_bunny / Via instagram.com Bunny now has over 70 buttons with words like "outside," "beach," "mom," and "water" organized into clusters of related phrases. View this photo on Instagram @what_about_bunny / Via instagram.com “My theory is that she memorizes their place like a keyboard. Like, you know, pianists can play amazing music without having to look at keys — similar to that. It’s like muscle memory," Alexis told The News Tribune. Alexis originally got the idea to teach Bunny from a speech-language pathologist named Christina Hunger who had taught her own dog to "speak" in five word sentences. View this photo on Instagram @what_about_bunny / Via instagram.com Now Bunny is part of a research study at the Comparative Cognition Lab at the University of California, San Diego which aims to understand how dogs understand language. “It’s actually an open study. So anyone who’s trying to teach their animal to communicate can join and contribute data,” Alexis explained. Bunny's first word was "outside," which was placed on a button by the door and pressed by Alexis anytime they went out. @what_about_bunny / Via tiktok.com In just a few weeks, Bunny caught on! @what_about_bunny Baby Bunny button #RaiseYourVoice #BackyardVibes #whataboutbunny #fluentpet #talkingdog #outside #fypシ ♬ original sound - I am Bunny "Through a series on thousands of tiny reinforcements, she learns the meaning of each button," Alexis told Mashable. @what_about_bunny / Via tiktok.com Many of the duo's adorable interactions are documented on TikTok, which has caused Bunny to skyrocket to fame on the app. @what_about_bunny Sweet silly girl #PetStory #fyp #whataboutbunny #mydoggo #dogchallenge #dogsoftiktok #smartdog #sweetgirl #talkingdog #petstory #petlover #animal ♬ Summer Days - Martin Garrix / Macklemore / Patrick Stump Her most popular video has over 43 million views. On multiple occasions, Bunny has been able to point out when she was in pain: @what_about_bunny Check your doggy’s paws if you live in an area with foxtail #ouchie #talkingdog #cutedog #communication #doggyanthem ♬ original sound - I am Bunny She's even learning the concept of time and referencing past events, a cognitive skill that experts thought was not possible for dogs: @what_about_bunny It’s amazing to watch her explore these big concept words #doggyanthem #bunnythedog #WellDone #ShowUpShowOff ♬ original sound - I am Bunny And I was completely blown away by this conversation: @what_about_bunny There was zero percent chance I was going to be capable of saying no. #dogsoftiktok #smartdog #fypシ #talkingdog ♬ original sound - I am Bunny As of late, Bunny's been asking a lot of "why" questions: @what_about_bunny Make a for this trend so I can watch them all 🥺 #dogsoftiktok #fyp #bunnythedog #existentialcrisis ♬ original sound - I am Bunny And it's led to the creation of her own meme: Bunny's Existential Crisis. View this photo on Instagram @what_about_bunny / Via instagram.com As for what's next for Bunny? Perhaps levitation: View this photo on Instagram @what_about_bunny / Via instagram.com Follow Bunny's journey on TikTok here.