How Dingo Dogs Communicate

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Dingoes or dingo dogs are a species of dogs that can only be found in Australia, mainly in the outback. Apparently, their ancestors arrived on the continent hundreds of years ago, when the dogs where not quite domesticated. They resemble a lot the Asian grey wolf, officially known as Canis lupus, which is considered to be the parent species of these dogs. Today, they are also know as Canis lupus dingo to be clearly separated from the ordinary dogs which have the Latin name of Canis lupus familiaris. In order to study the manner in which these dogs communicates, researchers discovered that they use phonetic communication. They bark less than regular dogs and they use 19 sound types. Some even say that the barking of dingo does is not an actual bark, because the sound they make is very short and monosyllabic. Only 5% of the sounds dingo dogs make can be classified as barking. Their barks are similar to coughing and it is mainly use to put the members of the pack and the puppies in alert. According to studies, even if dingo dogs stay with regular dogs, they still do not bark more often.

However, dingo dogs howl. They have three distinct forms of howling and these are moans, bark-howls and snuffs. Each of them has about ten variations. It is not known which is the exact meaning of all the types of howls. It is clear that the frequency with which the dogs howl is given by the social stability, by the behavior of each dog, by the food shortage, by the time of the day and so on. It is also a fact that groups of dingo dogs use howling to express different feelings towards one of the members.

Dingoes have other types of communication, too, but 65% of it are vocalizations. Another thing dingo dogs do is something that German people call “schrappen”. When the dogs are disturbed, they show their teeth and they clash it, as they are ready to bite. These dogs also use scent marking and communicate by marking certain places with their urine or with their feces. In the mating season, they use their scent glands a lot. An important thing makes them similar to regular dogs: they are very responsive to human gestures and they react to social cues they see in people.

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