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Empathy in dogs: With a little help from a friend – a mixed blessing

By Sabrina Karl, Ludwig Huber

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Kujala (2017) presents an extensive overview of existing research on canine emotions in comparison to those of other non-human animals and humans. This commentary provides some additional research results on the intensively debated field of empathy in dogs. We focus on recent advances in the understanding of a fundamental building block of empathy — emotional contagion — and on dogs’ remarkable sensitivity for human emotions, including the skills of assistance dogs.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2017
Publication Title Animal Sentience
Volume 2
Issue 14
ISBN/ISSN 2377-7478
Language English
Additional Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal roles
  2. Assistance animals
  3. Dogs
  4. Emotions
  5. Empathy
  6. Mammals
  7. open access
  8. Pets and companion animals
  1. open access