What does the science of canine cognition bring to an understanding of working dogs and the K9 team? I review some relevant findings from this new but burgeoning field. I will focus in particular on our own lab's analysis of play behavior: its effects, its link to cognition, and its possible usefulness as an assessment tool.
Presentation by: Alexandra Horowitz, PhD
Alexandra Horowitz is an associate professor of psychology at Barnard College, Columbia University; she earned her Ph.D. in Cognitive Science at the University of California at San Diego. The Horowitz Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard conducts research on a wide range of topics, including, lately: dog olfaction; inter-species play behavior; and attributions of secondary emotions to dogs. In addition to many scholarly articles relating to dog behavior and cognition, she is author of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know (Scribner, 2009), On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes (Scribner, 2013) and editor of Domestic Dog Cognition and Behavior (Springer-Verlag, 2014)