The early ontogeny of human–dog communication

@article{Riedel2008TheEO,
  title={The early ontogeny of human–dog communication},
  author={Julia Riedel and Katrin Schumann and Juliane Kaminski and Josep Call and Michael Tomasello},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2008},
  volume={75},
  pages={1003-1014}
}

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