Verbal attention getting as a key factor in social learning between dog (canis familiaris) and human

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

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Abstract

Pet dogs (Canis familiaris) learn to detour a V-shaped fence effectively from an unfamiliar human demonstrator. In this article, 4 main features of the demonstrator's behavior are highlighted: (a) the manipulation of the target, (b) the familiarity of the demonstrator, (c) the role of verbal attention-getting behavior, and (d) whether a strange trained dog could also be an effective demonstrator. The results show that the main factor of a successful human demonstration is the continuous verbal communication with the dog during detouring. It was also found that an unfamiliar dog demonstrator was as efficient as the unfamiliar experimenter. The experiments provide evidence that in adult dogs, communicative context with humans is needed for effective interspecific social learning to take place.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-383
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Comparative Psychology
Volume118
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004

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Verbal attention getting as a key factor in social learning between dog (canis familiaris) and human. / Pongrácz, P.; Miklósi, A.; Timár-Geng, Katalin; Csányi, V.

In: Journal of Comparative Psychology, Vol. 118, No. 4, 12.2004, p. 375-383.

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