Neophilia in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) and its implication for studies of dog cognition

@article{Kaulfuss2007NeophiliaID,
  title={Neophilia in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) and its implication for studies of dog cognition},
  author={Patricia Kaulfuss and Daniel S. Mills},
  journal={Animal Cognition},
  year={2007},
  volume={11},
  pages={553-556}
}
This study examined novel-object preference in dogs. In a free choice test 17 dogs were presented with a novel toy in a line up with two familiar toys. The unfamiliar object was chosen first in 38 out 50 tests suggesting a strong preference for novel over familiar items. Neophilia may be an adaptive trait for domestic dogs that has helped their adaptation towards man. 

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