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The help-seeking behaviour of dogs (Canis familiaris)
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10,5 credits / 16 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

During domestication, the dog( Canis familiaris), have become skilful in understanding human communication and also in communicating with humans. The wolf ( Canis lupus), is not as skilled with this interspecific communication. When dogs are faced with an unsolvable problem, they seek help from human by e.g. gazing at them. This behaviour has been studied and both age and breed group differences have been showed. In this study, we presented dogs with a task that consisted of a solvable and unsolvable problem in order to see if they gazed at their owner and/or an unfamiliar person for help. Although we did not find any difference in breed groups regarding gazing at humans, we did find that adult dogs (dogs older than 2 years) gazed more frequently at their owner and for a longer duration than adolescent dogs (6 months to 2 years). This may be because the adult dogs have more experience of this communication with humans, as they have lived longer with them. These findings empathize the bond between a dog and its owner that seems to grow stronger during the dogs’ life.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 17 p.
Keyword [en]
Age, Dog, Gaze, Human-directed communication, Problem-Solving
National Category
Behavioral Sciences Biology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-108919ISRN: LiTH-IFM- Ex--14/2868--SEOAI: diva2:733888
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2014-06-05, Linköping, 13:15
Available from: 2014-10-29 Created: 2014-07-12 Last updated: 2014-10-29Bibliographically approved

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