Application of functional analysis methods to assess human-dog interactions

Erica N. Feuerbacher, Clive Wynne

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Research on owner-dog relationships suggests that they have remarkable features, paralleling those of infant to parents. In this study, we investigated whether, after being separated, access to the owner would function as a reinforcer for domestic dog behavior. We then conducted a functional analysis to determine the specific functional reinforcer (e.g., owner access, attention). Our results demonstrate that owner access can function as a reinforcer. This has implications for understanding the owner-dog relationship and using owner access as a training tool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis
StateAccepted/In press - 2016


  • Domestic dog
  • Functional analysis
  • Social reinforcement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy


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