oa Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa - Insights into canine communication and interspecific misinterpretations

Volume 15, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0259-0069



By providing background on canine olfactory, auditory and visual communication, this paper hopes to clarify common human misinterpretations of dog behaviour. Visual displays are subdivided into displays of rank (dominant and submissive), and displays of emotion (aggression and fear). Tail wagging, friendly communication, greeting behaviour in dogs, compared to the human handshake, as well as attention seeking behaviour are discussed. The influence of human selection in breeding on visual displays illustrates the effect of human interference in canine communication.

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