Our Canine Connection: The History, Benefits and Future of Human-Dog Interactions

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Examine how an ancient relationship continues to offer health benefits and innovations today

The relationship between humans and dogs has been around for centuries, and canine science is an interdisciplinary field with great potential for research. This research topic focuses on the concept and contribution of working dog welfare science, the use of dogs in a variety of roles, and the impact of human-animal interaction on human health and well-being.

  • Working dogs are used in a variety of contexts and the scientific understanding of animal welfare has grown significantly in the last decade.
  • New statistical genetic approaches and genomic technology have the potential to revolutionize dog breeding.
  • Research in psychology has advanced our understanding of animal behavior and canine learning and cognition.
  • Dogs have adapted to living with humans by changing their reproductive and foraging behavior, as well as their social behavior.
  • Dogs act as companions who provide us with emotional and physical support, and their relationship with older adults can have a positive impact on healthy, active aging for both parties.
  • Canine-assisted interventions (CAI) are becoming increasingly popular in hospital settings.
  • Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) research has yielded mixed results.
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