Note from dog
I’m Ruby! I’m the star of this month’s Companionship story, Ruby, My Dear, along with my two humans, Lucian Truscott IV and Tracy Harris.

Dog Howling to music by The Dodo


Studies have shown that humans are able to recognize the emotions of others by their voice surprisingly well. As dog owners know, this is also true when they hear dog vocalizations. Now The Family Dog Project seeks global participation in The Dog Whine Study, which is available in multiple languages.

Humans can decipher the emotional background of different growls and barks, and they also rate the emotions of different vocalization types from their pet dogs. Unfortunately, there are few previous studies examining the communicative role of dog whines, although dogs use these sounds in several different contexts (when left alone, during begging or greeting the owner).


The Family Dog Project, based in Budapest, Hungary, was founded in 1994 by Vilmos Csányi, Ádám Miklósi and József Topál to study the behavioral and cognitive aspects of the dog-human relationship. It is currently the largest dog research group in the world.

If you live in or close to Budapest, you are very welcome to participate in person in the organization’s behavioral studies at the Department of Ethology, Budapest, Hungary.

The Project has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, with several papers in the highest ranking scientific journals such as Science, Current Biology and Trends in Cognitive Sciences.