Play Signals as Punctuation: The Structure of Social Play in Canids

@article{Bekoff1995PlaySA,
  title={Play Signals as Punctuation: The Structure of Social Play in Canids},
  author={M. Bekoff},
  journal={Behaviour},
  year={1995},
  volume={132},
  pages={419-429}
}
Actions called play signals have evolved in many species in which social play has been observed. Despite there being only few empirical demonstrations, it generally is accepted that play signals are important in the initiation ("I want to play") and maintenance ("I still want to play") of ongoing social play. In this study I consider whether a specific and highly stereotyped signal, the bow, is used to maintain social play in adult and infant domestic dogs, infant wolves, and infant coyotes. To… Expand

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