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Jillian Faustino


There has been an increase of interest in investigating human-dog interactions in recent years. One area of interest for dog owners and animal behaviorists is how interactions and play between humans and dogs affect performance on object choice and detour tasks (Rooney & Bradshaw, 2002, Rooney & Bradshaw, 2003, Schwab & Huber, 2006, Pongracz, Miklosi, Timar-Geng, & Csanyi, 2004, Call, Brauer, Kaminski & Tomasell, 2003). Previous research has suggested that play (a pleasurable game or activity which involves both humans and dogs, such as tug-of-war or fetch) is a very important part in a dog’s social, cognitive and motor development (Ward, Bauer & smuts, 2008, and Bauer & Smuts, 2007). Also, dog behaviorists have suggested that different types of play can affect dimensions of the dog-human relationship such as dominance, submissiveness, involvement, motivation, avoidance behaviors and aggression (Rooney & Bradshaw, 2003, Toth, Casci, Topal, & Miklosi, 2008). In addition human behavior, such as human attention and how humans interact with dogs can also affect dog behavior such as their obedience and performance in a game situation task (Call, et al., 2003, Schwab & Huber, 2006, Gasci, Mkiklosi, Varga, 2004). In general, human and dog interactions, and human and dog play can effect dog behavior.

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Jillian Faustino is a senior psychology major at BSU. She conducted her research with funding with a 2010 ATP Summer Research Grant. She worked under the mentorship of Dr. Amanda Shyne.

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