Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Just What is the Dog Trying to Tell Us?

Lately, the four-legged pal who lives at our house has taken to waking us up at night with a loud "Arf!" Most of the time we remain completely clueless about what he's trying to tell us, not to mention we have become a little crabby in the morning.

Thank goodness Hungarian scientists are studying what dogs are trying to say when they bark! The team used a computer program to analyze the meaning of more than 6,000 previously unrecognized canine communications. Unfortunately, these animal behavior scientists are limiting their research to Hungarian sheep dogs, but we'll stay tuned to the Animal Cognition journal in hopes of enlightenment.


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