Domestic Dog Cognition and Behavior

The Scientific Study of Canis familiaris

  • Alexandra Horowitz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Orientation: Perceptual and Breed Effects on Behavior and Early Ethological Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Simon Gadbois, Catherine Reeve
      Pages 3-29
    3. James A. Serpell, Deborah L. Duffy
      Pages 31-57
  3. Behavior and Cognition: Observational and Experimental Results

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Ludwig Huber, Friederike Range, Zsófia Virányi
      Pages 79-100
    3. Emanuela Prato-Previde, Sarah Marshall-Pescini
      Pages 101-131
    4. Alejandra Rossi, Daniel Smedema, Francisco J. Parada, Colin Allen
      Pages 133-154
  4. The Future of Dog Research: Critical Reassessment of Methods and Practice, and Practical Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Claudia Fugazza, Ádam Miklósi
      Pages 177-200
    3. Alexandra Horowitz, Julie Hecht
      Pages 201-219
    4. Monique A. R. Udell, Kathryn Lord, Erica N. Feuerbacher, Clive D. L. Wynne
      Pages 221-240
    5. Nicola Rooney, John Bradshaw
      Pages 241-274

About this book


This book highlights the state of the field in the new, provocative line of research into the cognition and behavior of the domestic dog. Eleven chapters from leading researchers describe innovative methods from comparative psychology, ethology, and behavioral biology, which are combined to create a more comprehensive picture of the behavior of Canis familiaris than ever before.

Each of the book’s three parts highlights one of the perspectives relevant to providing a full understanding of the dog. Part I covers the perceptual abilities of dogs and the effect of interbreeding. Part II includes observational and experimental results from studies of social cognition – such as learning and social referencing – and physical cognition in canids, while Part III summarizes the work in the field to date, reviewing various conceptual and methodological approaches, and testing anthropomorphisms with regard to dogs. The final chapter discusses the practical application of behavioral and cognitive results to promote animal welfare.

This volume reflects a modern shift in science toward considering and studying domestic dogs for their own sake, not only insofar as they reflect back on human beings.                                                                                    


anthropomorphism behavior cognition comparative psychology domestic dog social cognition

Editors and affiliations

  • Alexandra Horowitz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyColumbia University Barnard CollegeNew YorkUSA

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