Behavioural responses of Canis familiaris to different tail lengths of a remotely-controlled life-size dog replica

@article{Leaver2008BehaviouralRO,
  title={Behavioural responses of Canis familiaris to different tail lengths of a remotely-controlled life-size dog replica},
  author={Stephen D. Leaver and Thomas E. Reimchen},
  journal={Behaviour},
  year={2008},
  volume={145},
  pages={377-390}
}
Summary The tail of dogs and allies (Canidae) is important for intraspecific communication. We used a life-sized dog model and varied the tail length and motion as an experimental method of examining effects of tail-docking on intraspecific signaling in domestic dogs, Canis familiaris. We videotaped interactions of 492 off-leash dogs and quantified size and behaviour of approaching dogs to the model’s four tail conditions (short/still, short/wagging, long/still, long/wagging). Larger dogs were… 

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