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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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Development of behaviour

Development of behaviour

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(p.201) CHAPTER 9 Development of behaviour
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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/9780199295852.003.0009

This chapter gives an overview on the developmental aspects of behaviour in dogs. There is a tradition to view behaviour in terms of periods which has been summarized, however this view can be challenged on the basis that there is a marked difference in dog breeds, and also that behavioural systems might have experienced different timings. Sensitive periods provide time windows when the phenotype of the developing individual can be influenced to a great degree. Research has shown that dog puppies rapidly develop a strong affiliative behaviour toward humans, which later forms the basis of attachment behaviour. Dogs seem to be peculiar in this regard because socialized wolves do not get attached to humans. Very likely, this reflects genetic changes that occurred during domestication. Finally, the chapter reviews some theoretical and practical problems associated with the behavioural testing of puppies.

Keywords:   developmental periods, sensitive periods, attachment, early experience, puppy testing

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