Alexandra Horowitz, PhD

The Dog's Point of View

Contemporary research on the domestic dog is the result of the convergence of ethology and comparative psychology. While both fields have much to offer in describing the capabilities and habits of the species, it is notable that this research subject, unlike most others, is one who lives among us, in 75 million U.S. homes. Given this unique position of our subjects, researchers should be concerned with elucidating the experience of the dog in a way useful to those living with dogs. My research is two-pronged. First, I aim to highlight and examine the attributions we unthinkingly make to dogs. Second, I use findings about the biology and cognition of dogs to create a better picture of the dog’s experience: the umwelt, or point of view.

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