Auditory communication in domestic dogs: vocal signalling in the extended social environment of a companion animal

Taylor, Anna Magdalena, Ratcliffe, Victoria Frances, McComb, Karen and Reby, David (2014) Auditory communication in domestic dogs: vocal signalling in the extended social environment of a companion animal. In: The social dog. Elsevier Inc., pp. 131-163.

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Abstract

Domestic dogs produce a range of vocalisations, including barks, growls, and whimpers, which are shared with other canid species. The source–filter model of vocal production can be used as a theoretical and applied framework to explain how and why the acoustic properties of some vocalisations are constrained by physical characteristics of the caller, whereas others are more dynamic, influenced by transient states such as arousal or motivation. This chapter thus reviews how and why particular call types are produced to transmit specific types of information, and how such information may be perceived by receivers. As domestication is thought to have caused a divergence in the vocal behaviour of dogs as compared to the ancestral wolf, evidence of both dog–human and human–dog communication is considered. Overall, it is clear that domestic dogs have the potential to acoustically broadcast a range of information, which is available to conspecific and human receivers. Moreover, dogs are highly attentive to human speech and are able to extract speaker identity, emotional state, and even some types of semantic information.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: vocal communication; interspecific communication; source–filter theory; canid vocalisations; domestic dogs; barking; growling
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology > QL0750 Animal behaviour
Depositing User: David Reby
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2014 12:21
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2015 15:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/50634

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