Social referencing: Water rescue trained dogs are less affected than pet dogs by the stranger’s message

Recent studies provide evidence of social referencing in dog–human interactions indicating that dogs use the emotional information provided by a human informant about a novel object/stimulus to guide their own behaviour towards it. Water rescue training is a type of educational activity aimed at creating human–dog dyads specialized in rescuing people who are drowning. A […]

Intraspecific attachment in adult domestic dogs (Canis familiaris): Preliminary results

Canis familiaris is a highly social species. Among the social relationships between two individuals, a particular case is represented by attachment bonds. The aim of the current study was to assess whether the bond between adult cohabitant dogs may be regarded as attachment.Twenty-two couples of dogs living in the same household participated in the study. […]