Social learning in dogs

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The bond between humans and dogs is a unique phenomenon. Although it is easy to describe a dog as one of the many domesticated animal species, our interactions with this social carnivore reach far beyond the usual extent of our relationships with other pets and livestock. In addition to domestication, several features of dogs’ social behavior and mental capacity make the human–dog bond one of the most intricate interspecific co-existence relationships. The ability to learn from others by shapingtheir own behaviors according to a template observed from a demonstrator, in other words, the capacity for social learning, is thought to be a key factor in helping dogs fit into the human social environment

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCanine Ergonomics
Subtitle of host publicationThe Science of Working Dogs
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781420079920
ISBN (Print)9781420079913
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2009

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  • Engineering(all)

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    Pongrácz, P. (2009). Social learning in dogs. In Canine Ergonomics: The Science of Working Dogs (pp. 43-62). CRC Press.