Canine Communication – Interpreting Dog Language

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Dog communication uses most of the senses, including smells, sounds and visual cues. Pheromones, glandular secretions, barks, whines, yips, growls, body postures, etc., all serve as effective means of communication between dogs. Unlike in people, canine body postures and olfactory (scent) cues are significant components of dog language and vocal communications are less significant. People are listeners; dogs are watchers.

Horowitz, D., Landsberg, G., DePorter, T., and Joswich, J. (n.d.). Canine Communication – Interpreting Dog Language. VCA Animal Hospitals. Retrieved June 20, 2023, from—interpreting-dog-language.

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Topic(s): Behavior, Breeder Resource, Dog to Dog, Social Interactions