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Positive emotions and quality of life in dogs

By Patrizia Piotti

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Positive affect is fundamental to ensuring good animal welfare. Discrete and dimensional theories of emotion have recently been used to explore the relation between cognition and affect and to develop cognitive measures of positive affect. Human quality-of-life assessment focuses on positive affect, which is difficult to measure objectively in dogs. Expanding on Kujala’s (2017) discussion of positive emotions and cognitive measures of affect, I suggest how these are relevant to assessing canine quality of life.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2017
Publication Title Animal Sentience
Volume 14
Pages 7
DOI 10.51291/2377-7478.1281
Language English
Additional Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal welfare
  2. Cognition
  3. Dogs
  4. Emotions
  5. Mammals
  6. open access
  7. Quality of life
  1. open access