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Neophilia in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) and its implication for studies of dog cognition

Kaulfu��, Patricia and Mills, Daniel S. (2008) Neophilia in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) and its implication for studies of dog cognition. Animal Cognition, 11 (3). pp. 553-556. ISSN 1435-9448

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10071-007-0128-x

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Item Type:Article
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Abstract

This study examined novel-object preference in dogs. In a free choice test 17 dogs were presented with a novel toy in a line up with two familiar toys. The unfamiliar object was chosen first in 38 out 50 tests suggesting a strong preference for novel over familiar items. Neophilia may be an adaptive trait for domestic dogs that has helped their adaptation towards man.

Additional Information:Short communication
Keywords:Dog
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D300 Animal Science
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:13433
Deposited On:26 Feb 2014 13:30

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