If you have ever found that your dog responds to female voices more often so than that of males, then you are definitely onto something.
A new study has proven that dogs do choose to listen to women more than men.
The study, which was published in the Royal Society of Open Science, found that women are more fluent in "dog" than men, and furthermore, women understand dogs just as much as dogs understand women (which turns out to be quite a lot).
One of the lead researchers Tamás Faragó, told Broadly: "Our recent studies suggest that dogs and humans use similar brain areas and probably similar processes to assess others' emotions from vocalizations."
"It seems that there are biologically rooted rules to how mammalian vocalizations encode emotions and these shared processes help humans to assess the emotional load of not just dogs but other mammal species' vocal emotion expressions."
He continued: "Women are likely more empathic and sensitive to others' emotions and this helps them to better associate the contexts with the emotional content of [dog] growls."
So maybe 'man's best friend' isn't quite the right term!