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Canine emotions and the bond between humans and dogs

By Robert J. Franklin Jr.

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I explore how the findings reviewed by Kujala (2017) influence our understanding of the human-dog bond. The special social cognitive abilities of dogs may be unique among animal species, probably influenced by the circumstances surrounding canine domestication. The bond has influenced animal welfare policies, giving dogs a privileged place among animals. To determine what protections other species should have in a rational animal welfare policy, more research is needed on whether other species have similar social cognitive abilities.


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Publication Title Animal Sentience: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Animal Feeling
Volume 14
Issue 6
ISBN/ISSN 2377-7478
Publisher Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy
Location of Publication Washington, D.C
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Assisted living facilities
  2. Dogs
  3. Emotions
  4. Long-term care facilities
  5. Mammals
  6. Nursing homes
  7. Pet ownership