Dog as a model for studying conspecific and heterospecific social learning

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In human communities social learning (i.e., learning by the observation of knowledgeable individuals) plays an important role; it shapes cultures, traditions, and cognition. Dogs seem to be an ideal system for modeling human cognition from the social learning aspect. The present review offers a short overview on the relevant general theories of social learning, discusses the adaptive value of social learning, introduces dog as a model system, presents evidence for different forms of social learning in dogs and argues for practical implications that social learning might have in this species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-41
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2009


  • cognition
  • dog
  • domestication
  • imitation
  • social learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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