Current trends in dog-human communication: do dogs inform?

Juliane Kaminski, Patrizia Piotti

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Domestic dogs are especially skillful at understanding human forms of communication. Evidence suggests that dogs’ skills in this domain might be an adaptation to life with humans and the result of selection processes during domestication. One question that has sparked a lot of research in recent years is to what extent dogs’ communication is in any way comparable to that of human infants. Here, we discuss recent research that has examined the extent to which dogs communicate to inform others. Communication with the motive to inform others is, as of yet, seen as a unique feature of human communication.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322–326
JournalCurrent Directions In Psychological Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2016


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