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Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition$
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Ádám Miklósi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199646661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646661.001.0001

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Concepts in the study of dog behaviour

Concepts in the study of dog behaviour

(p.16) Chapter 2 Concepts in the study of dog behaviour
Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition

Ádám Miklósi

Oxford University Press

This chapter first explains how studying the proximate causation of dog behaviour in relation to wolf behaviour means looking for differences (or similarities) in the environmental as well as genetic, physiological, and cognitive factors which control behavioural traits. It sets out the four issues summarized by Tinbergen that need to be addressed in the biological study of behaviour: function, evolution, mechanism, and development. The chapter then discusses the evolutionary aspects of behaviour, anthropomorphism, issues associated with behaviour modelling, and an ethocognitive mental model for the dog.

Keywords:   Tinbergen, behavioural research, animal behaviour, wolf, ethnocognitive mental model, evolution

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