Preference for Copying Unambiguous Demonstrations in Dogs (Canis familiaris)

P. Pongrácz, A. Miklósi, Katalin Timár-Geng, V. Csányi

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Abstract

In an earlier study (P. Pongrácz et al., 2001), it was shown that human demonstration significantly enhances the detouring ability of dogs (Canis familiaris) around a V-shaped fence. The authors investigated the effect of the direction of the demonstrated detour and the dogs' detouring experience. They found that dogs' trial-and-error experience influences strongly the direction of the dogs' detours later, even if the demonstrator showed detours along the opposite side of the fence. However, dogs' preferences based on their own experiences were changed when the dogs observed demonstrations only on 1 side of the fence. Dogs with no trial-and-error experience followed the direction of 1-sided demonstrations. The change from dogs' own directions to the demonstrated directions seems not to be due to simple facilitative effects of social experience; the similarity with the demonstrated action depends on complex interactions between individual experience and socially provided information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-343
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Comparative Psychology
Volume117
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2003

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