Watch: What Do Your Dog’s Playful Gestures Really Mean?

Slate’s animal blog.
May 27 2014 11:35 AM

Dissecting the Hidden Language of Dogs at Play

Watching unfamiliar dogs interact in parks, it may seem like their movements are spontaneous and carefree. But years of research dissected in a new book shows that coded within the playful biting and tackling, there may be signs of human-like empathy, compassion, fairness, and morality. The video above breaks down some of the most common gestures in dogs’ robust physical language.


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