Dogs occupy a specific niche in the human social environment. Some authors argued that dogs' social competence show functional similarities in their components (e.g. attachment, rule following) to that of humans due to their long history living in anthropogenic environment if proper socialisation is provided. The Family Dog Project aimed to study dogs' social behaviour and problem solving skills; dog-human interaction; and also to provide some insight to the evolution and mechanisms of our own behaviour. In the recent years interdisciplinary research has been focusing on the genetic and neural mechanisms of dog behaviour. The present paper provides a concise overview of the research agenda of the Family Dog Project pursued in the last two decades and future directions of canine biology.
|Publication Title||Zeszyty Naukowe Uniwersytetu Przyrodniczego we Wroclawiu - Biologia i Hodowla Zwierzat|
|Author Address||Department of Ethology, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary.|
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