Faculty Advisor

Erin Colbert-White

Area of Study

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Publication Date

Summer 2021

Abstract

As a result of domestication, dogs are genetically predisposed to be more attentive to human social cues. This study investigates the influence of dog-directed speech (DDS) from humans on the basic quantity discrimination abilities of dogs in a food choice task. Forty two pet dogs were tested in four different conditions. Two plates with varying amounts of food were presented to the subject, ‘choosing’ a plate by eating from it. Experimental conditions sought to seek the influence of DDS from humans on dog decision-making in addition to measuring the influence of DDS and quantity discrimination alone.

Award

AHSS Summer Research Scholar

Publisher

University of Puget Sound

Available for download on Thursday, October 19, 2023

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