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Animals, Volume 8, Issue 8 (August 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Dogs have a vast and flexible repertoire of visual, acoustic, olfactory, and tactile signals that [...] Read more. Dogs have a vast and flexible repertoire of visual, acoustic, olfactory, and tactile signals that allow for expressive and fine-tuned conspecific and dog–human communication. Living in close contact with humans for at least 30,000 years, dogs developed specific skills enabling them to communicate with humans. The co-habitation process and the human–dog attachment caused both in human and in dogs changes in their cross-species communicative abilities, the result is to perceive and understand the other species’ signals and correctly respond to them. Dogs engage in visual communication by modifying different parts of their body; in tactile communication; and in auditory and olfactory communication, with vocalization and body odours. This review provides an overview of the latest progress of dog communication, describing the different natures of the signals used in conspecific and heterospecific interactions and communicative meaning. here