Inter-species Social Learning in DogsThe Inextricable Roles of Phylogeny and Ontogeny

Monique A.R. Udell, Nicole R. Dorey, Clive D.L. Wynne

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6 Scopus citations


Research on the responses of dogs to human cues started only relatively recently, with the publication in 1998 of a study in which dogs were tested for their responsiveness to a human pointing at one of two containers. This chapter concentrates on one relatively simple form of behavioral interaction between human and dog: the objectchoice task in which a human points and the dog follows that point to uncover a desirable consequence-usually food. This has proven to be a useful paradigm in which to explore the capacities of dogs, and the origins of those abilities in ontogeny and phylogeny.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Comparative Cognition
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199968701
ISBN (Print)9780195392661
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Associative conditioning
  • Dogs
  • Learning
  • Object choice
  • Social behavior
  • Two-stage hypothesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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