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Monday, February 11, 2013

What Are Dogs Saying When They Bark?

Reflex, side-effect of domestication or meaningful, both for other dogs and for humans?

Scientific American has an excerpt from The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think.  The authors describe some of the research on dog communication, including studies that show both humans and dogs can tell the difference between barks associated with food, and barks associated threatening strangers.  

It (the excerpt) is heavy on anecdote and light on information, but the subject is interesting and hopefully there'll be more substance to the rest of the book.

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