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Use of experimenter-given cues in dogs
It is suggested that the phenomenon of dogs responding to cues given by humans is better analysed as a case of interspecific communication than in terms of discrimination learning.
Attachment behavior in dogs (Canis familiaris): a new application of Ainsworth's (1969) Strange Situation Test.
Although there was considerable variability in dogs' attachment behavior to humans, the authors did not find any effect of gender, age, living conditions, or breed on most of the behavioral variables.
Intentional behaviour in dog-human communication: an experimental analysis of “showing” behaviour in the dog
Abstract Despite earlier scepticism there is now evidence for simple forms of intentional and functionally referential communication in many animal species. Here we investigate whether dogs engage in
Differential Sensitivity to Human Communication in Dogs, Wolves, and Human Infants
The results support the view that infants and adult dogs will both persevere in searching erroneously in box A because they regard the placement of the toy by a human experimenter as a social teaching event, and propose that shared sensitivity to human communicative signals stems from convergent social evolution of the Homo and the Canis genera.
Comprehension of human pointing gestures in young human-reared wolves (Canis lupus) and dogs (Canis familiaris)
Wolves can reach the level of dogs in their success of following momentary distal pointing in parallel with improving their readiness to form eye-contact with a human experimenter during several months of formal training.
Comprehension of human communicative signs in pet dogs (Canis familiaris).
The hypothesis is that dogs spend more time in close contact with humans than apes do, and as a result dogs are probably more experienced in the recognition of human gestures.
A comparative study of the use of visual communicative signals in interactions between dogs (Canis familiaris) and humans and cats (Felis catus) and humans.
The results suggest that individual familiarization with pointing gestures ensures high-level performance in the presence of such gestures; however, species-specific differences could cause differences in signaling toward the human.
The effect of development and individual differences in pointing comprehension of dogs
The results, analyzed at both the group and the individual levels, showed no difference in the performance according to age, indicating that in dogs the comprehension of the human pointing may require only very limited and rapid early learning to fully develop.