Does dog-human attachment affect their inter-specific cooperation?

Naderi, Sz. and Miklósi, Á. and Dóka, A. and Csányi, V. (2002) Does dog-human attachment affect their inter-specific cooperation? Acta Biologica Hungarica, 53 (4). pp. 537-550. ISSN 0236-5383


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Leading a blind or blindfolded person is a complex cooperative task influenced by many factors. The aim of this study was to determine if quality of attachment affects the performance of dog and owner dyads showed on an Obstacle Course. Modified Ainsworth's Strange Situation Test was used for assessing attachment quality. Only one dimension of the attachment, the 'anxiety' factor was found to correlate with behavioural measures of the Obstacle Course (e.g. number of mistakes, initialisation index that reflects which participant initiates more actions in a dyad). We found significant differences of performance between the three groups of dog-owner pairs (pet dog, guide dog and police dog dyads), but we could not show significant differences in the 'attachment' factor among these groups. We concluded that it is not the attachment type that causes the main differences in the leading behaviour of our three study groups. Dogs have an innate ability for cooperation with humans that was enhanced by selective breeding during domestication and this basic ability can be modified by training but seem to be less affected by the relationship with the owner.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QH Natural history / természetrajz
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Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2017 14:08
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