Domestic dogs are sensitive to a human’s perspective Juliane Kaminski 1,2,3) , Juliane Bräuer 2) , Josep Call 2) & Michael Tomasello 2) ( 1 Sub Department of Animal Behaviour, University of Cambridge, High Street, Madingley, Cambridge, CB3 8AA, UK; 2 Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Deutscher Platz 6, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany) (Accepted: 20 November 2008) Summary We investigated dogs’ ability to take the visual perspective of humans. In the main study, each of two toys was placed on the dog’s side of two small barriers (one opaque, one transparent). In experimental conditions, a human sat on the opposite side of the barriers, such that she could see only the toy behind the transparent barrier. The experimenter then told the dog to ‘Bring it here!’ (without designating either toy in any way). In the Back Turned control E also sat on the opposite side but with her back turned so that she could see neither toy, and in the Same Side control she sat on the same side as the dog such that she could see both toys. When toys were differentiable dogs approached the toy behind the transparent barrier in experimental as compared to back turned
Behaviour – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: PERSPECTIVE TAKING; SOCIAL COGNITION; DOGS
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