Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Labrador and German shepherd breed differences in dog-human communication
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

As our long-term companions, dogs’ communication with us is perhaps the most developed of all human- animal ones. This study was aimed to investigate breed differences of German Shepherds and Labradors in dog-human communication. This was obtained through two tests: a problem-solving task and a pointing test. These two tests target both directions of communication: how much dogs understand and respond to the pointing and how they communicate with humans when facing a problem. Additionally, hair cortisol was measured in the dogs and dog owners filled a behavioural questionnaire (C-BARQ). The main breed difference I found was that Labradors performed better in both tests. I also found that the latency of the dogs’ choices in the pointing test correlated with many factors, e.g. they chose quicker when: choosing correctly, when they had many physical contacts with the experimenter in the problem-solving task, when they were more intense, energetic dogs, when they had higher hair cortisol levels and when they had a confident body posture. This indicates that the latency of choice could depend on the confidence of the dog and on the trust in the experimenter as well as on energy level and focus ability. Overall, this study revealed a limited amount of breed differences, compared to a parallel study on Labrador types (hunting and show dogs), showing that intra-breed differences can be more important than inter-breed ones on a behavioural level. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 32 p.
Keyword [en]
C-BARQ, communication, cortisol, dog breed, German shepherd, Labrador, pointing test, problem-solving test
National Category
Behavioral Sciences Biology Zoology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-119521ISRN: LiTH-IFM- Ex-15/2998-SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-119521DiVA: diva2:824032
Subject / course
Biology
Presentation
2015-05-28, Linköping, 13:55 (English)
Supervisors
Examiners
Available from: 2015-06-25 Created: 2015-06-19 Last updated: 2015-06-25Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(810 kB)177 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 810 kBChecksum SHA-512
3c71003b6b0e638a418591fcecef6a8d086d0f396cef097874a628d4076ef806acb3862e4d3b14f77dcf7b4de282d092a37e8ec4606781f45ad133b0560b3e2c
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Grozelier, Anna
By organisation
BiologyFaculty of Science & Engineering
Behavioral Sciences BiologyZoology

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 177 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 343 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf