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Canine Science Research

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The field of animal behavior science has come a long way in recent decades. Canine science is especially burgeoning sub-field, as scientific research groups around the world grow and collaborate to better understand humankind's best friends. The more we know about how dogs perceive the world around them, the better companions we can be. Learning how and why dogs think and feel what they do will also improve the quality of life for working, pet, and shelter dogs. Below you'll find just a sample of some of the important findings related to nonverbal communication from the past several years, as well as some of the centers and researchers contributing to dog science. 


Communication in Dogs

Attention to attention in domestic dog (Canis familiaris) dyadic play

Do Dogs Inform

Better understanding of dog body language could make interactions safer

The function of play bows in dog and wolf puppies

Dogs recognize dog and human emotions

How dogs know when communication is intended for them

The absence of reward induces inequity aversion in dogs

Cross-species referential signaling events in domestic dogs (Canis Familiaris)

Oxytocin-gaze positive loop and the coevolution of human-dog bonds

Evolution of facial muscle anatomy in dogs


For the Love of a Dog, Patricia McConnell

The Social Dog, Kaminski and Marshall-Pescini






The Family Dog Project 

Center for Canine Behavioral Studies

Thinking Dog Center

Wolf Science Center

Penn Vet Working Dog Center

Arizona Canine Cognition Center

Canine Science Collaboratory 

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