It is well accepted that dogs, like humans, use specific vocal sounds to convey information. Barks, growls, whimpers and other vocal signals, give nearby individuals information about what the dog is thinking, feeling, and intends to do. Sometimes vocal information used by dogs can carry quite specific information, as demonstrated by Péter Pongrácz, an ethologist at Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary, and his colleagues.
Are dog barks just meaningless sounds designed to get attention? Or do the barks contain information that other dogs can use about the context of the bark or the identity of the caller? Two articles have been published recently that... Read Post
Your dog growls at you when you try to take away his food dish. Then he growls at you when you are playing tug with him. Can you tell the difference in the growls? Or does one growl sound like... Read Post
A growl is a growl is a growl, right? Not if you’re a dog, according to a study accepted for publication in the journal Animal Behavior. Growls have unique meanings, and are among the most intense sounds animals make, say researcher... Read Post