The social dog: A review of canine sociability & potentially related constructs

Across the scientific literature, diverse methods have been used to evaluate canine sociability and social cognitive capacity. Methods such as open field assessment, ability to utilize human pointing gesture, and reinforcer efficacy of human social contact have shed light on the complexities of the human-canine bond. In this presentation, I’ll present key findings from each of these assessments, note their methodological differences, and discuss their implications for our interactions with dogs.