How Do Canids Communicate?

by OBDK on July 23, 2021

When it comes to communication, canids have many similarities with each other. Most members of the canid family communicate through facial expressions, body language, tail position, and ear position. 


This variety of signals indicate intent, dominance, or submissiveness. In a wolf pack, where rank rules everything, it's extremely important. Every member needs to know their place and show respect to the highest-ranking pack member, the alpha. Wolves will even hold their tails differently to show where they rank when they’re around each other. 


Check out more information here. Learn about:

  • What communication similarities dogs have with wolves

  • Whether verbal or nonverbal communication is more important

  • How wolves can detect weakness in both prey and each other