Does dog-human attachment affect their inter-specific cooperation?

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Abstract

Leading a blind or blindfolded person is a complex cooperative task influenced by many factors. The aim of this study was to determine if quality of attachment affects the performance of dog and owner dyads showed on an Obstacle Course. Modified Ainsworth's Strange Situation Test was used for assessing attachment quality. Only one dimension of the attachment, the 'anxiety' factor was found to correlate with behavioural measures of the Obstacle Course (e.g. number of mistakes, initialisation index that reflects which participant initiates more actions in a dyad). We found significant differences of performance between the three groups of dog-owner pairs (pet dog, guide dog and police dog dyads), but we could not show significant differences in the 'attachment' factor among these groups. We concluded that it is not the attachment type that causes the main differences in the leading behaviour of our three study groups. Dogs have an innate ability for cooperation with humans that was enhanced by selective breeding during domestication and this basic ability can be modified by training but seem to be less affected by the relationship with the owner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-550
Number of pages14
JournalActa Biologica Hungarica
Volume53
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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Keywords

  • Attachment
  • Cooperation
  • Dog-human interaction

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Does dog-human attachment affect their inter-specific cooperation? / Naderi, Sz; Miklósi, A.; Dóka, A.; Csányi, V.

In: Acta Biologica Hungarica, Vol. 53, No. 4, 2002, p. 537-550.

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