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New FDP paper published

New FDP paper published

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Petró et al. investigated whether dogs are able to recognise the different roles of two UMOs (unidentified moving object) and are able to adjust their communicative behaviour towards them. Dogs’ rapid adjustment of social behaviour towards UMOs suggests that dogs may generalise their experiences with humans to unfamiliar agents and are able to select the […]

New publication: Do as I … Did! Long-term memory of imitative actions in dogs

New publication: Do as I … Did! Long-term memory of imitative actions in dogs

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Fugazza et al. tested pet dogs trained with the Do as I Do method for their ability to imitate human actions after retention intervals ranging from 1 to 24 hours. For comparison, another twelve dogs were tested for the same actions without delay between demonstration and recall. Our test consisted of a modified version of the […]

Search and rescue mission with dogs – video abstract

Search and rescue mission with dogs – video abstract

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Swarmix, a joint project of ETH Zurich, EPFL, SUPSI/IDSIA and ELTE University, investigates cooperation and interactions in bio-synthetic swarms. The research work in the SWARMIX project is guided by the creation of a specific validation scenario composed of humans, dogs, and small-sized UAVs aimed at performing search-and-rescue (SAR) missions in outdoor civilian domains. The choice […]

Wolf and dog handraising (2001-2003)

Wolf and dog handraising (2001-2003)

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a film by Zoltan Torok, Wild Tales Productions  Dogs’ special domestication processes, their natural socialization to humans, and the possibility of tracing evolutionary changes by comparing dogs’ behavior to that of wolves, make dogs altogether unique for studying the evolution of complex social behavior. Earlier studies on socialized wolves’ behavior tested problem solving, learning ability, […]