A New Perspective on Barking in Dogs (Canis familiaris)

This study provides a new perspective on the function of barking in dogs. The author argues that barking is not simply a form of communication, but rather a means of self-stimulation for dogs. The author conducted a series of experiments in which dogs were exposed to different types of stimuli, such as food, toys, and social interaction, and their barking behavior was observed and analyzed. The author found that dogs bark more frequently and for longer durations when they are exposed to stimuli that are highly arousing, such as food or play. The author suggests that barking may serve as a way for dogs to self-regulate their arousal levels, and that excessive barking may be a sign of underlying emotional or behavioral problems. This study challenges the traditional view of barking as a form of communication and highlights the importance of considering the emotional and behavioral context in which barking occurs. Overall, this study provides valuable insights into the function of barking in dogs and has important implications for the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral problems in dogs.

Yin, S. (2002). A New Perspective on Barking in Dogs (Canis familiaris). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 116(2), 189-193. doi:10.1037//0735-7036.116.2.189

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