Let Me Sniff! Nosework induces positive judgement bias in pet dogs

Short Synopsis: The study examines whether giving dogs regular time for “nosework” leads to an improved response when presented with a novel object. The regular nosework resulted in dogs having a more positive outlook; essentially the dogs became more optimistic.

The dogs that had regularly practiced nosework had reduced hesitation when approaching an unfamiliar or new object. These results provide useful information for dog welfare.

Authors: C. Duranton, A Horiwitz

Publication: Applied Animal Behaviour Science

Publication Date: December 6, 2018

Applies to: Scent work, Welfare

Sample Size: 20 Dogs Tested

Limitations/Drawbacks: Small study of twenty dogs, with a limited number of breeds included.

Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0168159118304325

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