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Canine emotions: Guidelines for research

By Miiamaaria V. Kujala

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In the target article, I called for a discussion on the nature and extent of dogs’ emotions. The commentators generally agreed on the existence of dog emotions, but the diversity and quality of dog emotions, as well as the influence of human social cognition on perceiving dog emotions, raised more debate. To respond to the stimulating commentaries, I touch briefly on the philosophy of (canine) mind and discuss further the benefits of comparing cognition across species, secondary emotions, and the shaping of canine emotions by evolution, breeding and experience. I conclude with suggestions for future research guidelines on studies of canine emotion inspired by the discussion.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2018
Publication Title Animal Sentience
Pages 12
DOI 10.51291/2377-7478.1350
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Dogs
  3. Emotions
  4. Mammals
  5. open access
  6. Pets and companion animals
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