Newest FDP paper is out!

This is a very busy (and luckily polific) summer for the FDP group!

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Abdai et al. investigated whether the social bias in dogs is restricted to human partners. Continue reading

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New publication by Family Dog Project

And here comes the next FDP paper!


Polgár et al. investigated what strategies family dogs use in two types of olfaction-based problems and their success at various distances. The results suggest that despite their ability to successfully collect information through olfaction, family dogs often prioritize other strategies to solve basic choice tasks.

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New publications

In the last two weeks three new FDP studies were published:

HernadiHernádi et al. investigated how intranasally administered oxytocin affects dogs reactions to the threatening approach of their owner and an unfamiliar experimenter. They found that dogsʼ behaviour towards a threatening human was influenced by intranasal oxytocin. The familiarity of the threatening human (owner/experimenter) had a modulating role, and owner-rated aggression of the dogs affects their reaction to a threatening human.

Tauzin et al. studied the meaning of referential human pointing for dogs. Results suggest that pointing refers to a direction or location for dogs, but only if they are addressed with ostensive cues that indicate the communicative intention of the signaler.

Bálint et al found that dogs avoid the food that is indicated by another (projected) dog’s gaze in a two-object choice task. Gazing cues may serve as competitive signals among dogs.

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Canine behaviour and cognition: evolution, genetics and applications for breeding and performance

BehavGenLondonInterest in canine behavior, performance, genetics and cognition has increased with the enhanced sequencing of the dog genome. This meeting will bring together those who are establishing objective measurement protocols for behavioral, cognitive and performance assessments in dogs with those in molecular genetics who have used physical and functional measures as phenotypes to map the genetics of breed size and shape, structural patterns (including abnormalities), retinal and neurological conditions and neoplasia. This meeting is intended to facilitate studies that use behavioral data meaningful for the genetic analysis of complex traits.

The focus of the meeting will be on the genetics of behavior and cognition in pet and working dogs, with particular emphasis on performance traits and conditions for which dogs are excellent models for heritable pathologies. The format of the meeting, which includes numerous directed discussion periods and in-depth poster sessions, is intended to foster future collaborative research and to identify promising topics and researchers.

From Family Dog Project, Enikő Kubinyi lectures (28th June 11:45-12:15) on canine opioid receptor gene polymorphism and behaviour associations.

For more information see Canine Behaviour & Genetics.

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Behind the curtain of canine and feline dementia

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Swimming with dogs

On Monday, Sara Tagliati held a lecture at the department.

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Do as I do seminar at the Department

Last weekend, Claudia Fugazza held a two day seminar about the ‘Do as I do’ dog training method for owners and trainers

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The Potentials of Social Learning in Dog-human Interactions

MartaUpcoming conference appearances! Ádám Miklósi, head of the Family Dog Project and then Márta Gácsi senior researcher will give a talk at SPARCS on the 19th of June. You can follow the conference via live broadcast for free!

Conference schedule:

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Dog Behaviour… book at the ABS 2015

IMG_5641Copies of Prof. Ádám Miklósi’s book  were bought quickly at the Animal Behaviour Society Conference 2015, in Anchorage, Alaska. For more about the book see Oxford University Press. Continue reading

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Behaviour genetics talk at ABS 2015

KubinyiSatBehavGE3_Rasmusson101_4_15“Association of OPRM gene polymorphisms with inattention and social behaviour in dogs” – sounds exciting, does it? This was the talk of Enikő Kubinyi’s presentation at the Animal Behaviour Society Conference in Anchorage, Alaska (2015, 13/June) OPRM, also known as MOR, is the abbreviation of mu-opioid receptor gene. OPRM is the binding site of endorphin and morphine, too. The conference participation was supported by the Hungarian Initiatives Foundation.

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