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What Does Your Dog’s Growl Mean? (video)

Do you know one growl from another? Dogs do.

In a recent experiment, three growls were recorded: while playing tug of war, when threatened by a stranger, and when guarding food. The growls were played by a hidden loudspeaker next to a bowl of food.

41 dogs of different breeds went up to the food, and took it away when the first two growls were played. They retreated when they heard the third.

It’s the first study showing that dogs read growls based on contextual signals.

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7:10PM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

the latency on care 2 tonight is ridiculous

2:20AM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

thanks for sharing

1:45PM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

Thanks for posting!

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4:55PM PST on Nov 20, 2011

Great post. Thanks.

9:48AM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

Dogs are lightening fast when it comes to 'learned behavior'.
Take just ONE day out of your busy schedule to watch how your pet behaves throughout the day.

3:39PM PDT on Jun 19, 2011

If you spend enough time woth your dogs you will understand what their different barks, growls mean.

1:18AM PDT on Jun 19, 2011


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10:12AM PST on Dec 27, 2010

Dogs are fascinating. I am learning just how much they can do. After having raised my kids, at age 52, I was given my 1st dog. I thought they would be like the many cats my kids had, but boy was I wrong!
My dog Chester has never been a big eater of dog food, preferring the food that I prepare. I noticed that 1 time, when he was moping around, not eating, I said that since he didn't want it, I'd give it to the cats. He looked at me, and went to his food and ate it! I was shocked, that he seemed to know what I'd said. So a few days later, I tried the same thing. Sure enough, he went to his food. He took some bites, and watched me. When he left his bowl, I went to get it. I picked it up and he ran towards the cats, preventing me from putting his food down so they could have some. When I put it down, near the cats, he ate it. Now, I know he does not understand all of what I say, but I know he'll be darned if the cats have his food!

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