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Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition$
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Adam Miklosi

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199295852

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295852.001.0001

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Physical–ecological cognition

Physical–ecological cognition

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(p.151) CHAPTER 7 Physical–ecological cognition
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Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition
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Ádám Miklósi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295852.003.0007

Physical cognition refers to mental abilities utilized during problem solving that are provided by the non-living environment. This chapter reviews the limited evidence on how dogs orient in their environment using various behaviour tactics such as path following and utilizing large-sized objects to find their way. Recent research on physical cognition in dogs indicates that dogs are able to deal with problems involving the permanence of objects and might deal with problems involving connectedness or relate to gravity.

Keywords:   path following, beacons, landmarks, egocentric orientation, problem solving, object permanence

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