Prairie dogs, which are part of the squirrel family and are not actually dogs at all, are called "dogs" because of their dog-like barks. In greeting, prairie dogs will touch teeth together to determine whether or not the other prairie dog is in its social group.
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Prairie dogs belong to the squirrel family, and are only called "dogs" because of their dog-like barks. 00:13
The dens of prairie dogs contain bedrooms, bathrooms, and even rooms near the surface to listen for predators. 00:30
The warning calls of prairie dogs can describe specific characteristics of different predators. 00:56