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Thursday, 15. May 2014

Mental state attribution to animals and objects: processes and associated factors

The attribution of human characteristics to non-human animals is prevalent not only among children but lay people from all age groups and cultural backgrounds. We know that anthropomorphism has very relevant consequences for the...

Thursday, 15. May 2014

Dogs as pedagogic assistants in residential youth/child welfare services

The mere presence of animals can have remarkably positive effects on the physical and psychological state of humans. Animals are kept not only for utilitarian reasons, but also as social partners and helpers. The impact of dogs...

Online Questionnaire-Study for Dog Owners

Although dogs are the oldest animal companions of humans with a relationship dating back for at least 15 000 years, many questions concerning their bond still remain unanswered. In the meanwhile, it has already been shown that...

Testing sessions of human-dog-dyads for their use in animal-supported education: Interaction and stress management

Dogs are the oldest companion of humans and the first domesticated animal. Therefore, it’s not to wonder that they no longer engage exclusively in a strict working relationship. In fact, more dogs live now in the city than in the...

Factors affecting human-dog relationship

Dogs are the human’s closest and oldest animal companions. Even though the relationship between humans and their dogs, as well as other companion animals are a matter of great public interest and social importance, relatively...

Human-dog and human-wolf cooperation (leash walking)

Dogs are not only the oldest pets of humans, but they also live and work closely with them in many different ways. As we already know modern dogs and wolves evolved from a common ancestor and both are characterized by a high...

Relationship between humans and former street dogs

A common evolutionary history and the sharing of similar brain structures and functions of social behavior, provide the basis for the development of social relationships between humans and dogs. For dogs to be able to recognize...


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