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

Abstract

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.

DOI: 10.1007/s10071-007-0128-x

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@article{Kaulfu2007NeophiliaID, title={Neophilia in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) and its implication for studies of dog cognition}, author={Patricia Kaulfu\ss and Daniel Mills}, journal={Animal Cognition}, year={2007}, volume={11}, pages={553-556} }