Neophilia in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) and its implication for studies of dog cognition
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This study examined novel-object preference in dogs. In a free choice test 17 dogs were presented with a novel toy in a line up with two familiar toys. The unfamiliar object was chosen first in 38 out 50 tests suggesting a strong preference for novel over familiar items. Neophilia may be an adaptive trait for domestic dogs that has helped their adaptation towards man.
KeywordsDog Neophilia Novelty Preference Choice test Word learning
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