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Assessment of dog-human attachment using Ainsworth's Strange Situation test

By M. Seman, J. Kottferova, T. Jakuba, E. Haladova, M. Fejsakova, R. Matos

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A human psychological test of Ainsworth's Strange Situation (ASS) was used to investigate the state of emotional attachment in dog-human relationship. Ten adult dog-owner pairs were observed in an unfamiliar test room, introduced to a human stranger and subjected to 8 short episodes. The dogs exhibited a range of attachment behaviours, i.e. search and proximity seeking of their owner, following, vocalizing. Finally, the dogs' behaviour in ASS has shown a wide range of types and degree of attachment and was very similar to that reported in chimpanzees and human infants. This fact confirmed a strong behavioural correlation between the canine group tested by our team and the children's group tested by Ainsworth et al.

Date 2011
Publication Title Folia Veterinaria
Volume 55
Issue Supplement 1
Pages 54-55
ISBN/ISSN 0015-5748
Language English
Author Address Department of the Environment, Veterinary Legislation and Economy, University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy, Komenskeho 73, 041 81 Kosice, Slovakia.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animals
  3. Attachment behavior
  4. Canidae
  5. Canine
  6. Carnivores
  7. Dogs
  8. Emotions
  9. Human behavior
  10. Humans
  11. Mammals
  12. Men
  13. Methodologies
  14. Pets and companion animals
  15. Primates
  16. Research
  17. Techniques
  18. tests
  19. vertebrates