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Human-Animal Communication in Captive Species: Dogs, Horses, and Whales

By Mackenzie K. Kelley

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My hopes for this project are to collect and analyze the current research in the field of animal communication. In the first part, my goal is to define animal communication, specifically within human contexts. I will look at how the history of humans and certain species have intertwined to result in their modern day relationships. I will also explain why we should care about animal communication. In the second part, I will look at three specific species I have chosen to study: dogs, horses, and cetaceans. I will provide a brief history of our roles as humans in the evolution of their contemporary domestic counterparts, as well as make a few comparisons to their wild counterparts. Mainly, I want to compare the wild and the domesticated in order to illustrate the immense effect human communication has had on their development. Finally, I hope to make some of my own conclusions on what the future could hold for whale and dolphin species, as well as any other species held in human captivity.


Mason N McLary

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Date 2015
Pages 54
Publisher James Madison University
Location of Publication Harrisonburg, Virginia
Department Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication
Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal housing
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animals in culture
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Captivity
  6. Dogs
  7. Dolphins
  8. Domestication
  9. Horses
  10. Human-animal communication
  11. Mammals
  12. Marine mammals
  13. Physical environment
  14. Social Environments
  15. Whales
  16. Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation
  17. Zoo and captive wild animals
  18. Zoos