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PubMed | Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, MTA ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group, View Inc, University of Portsmouth and 3 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: PloS one | Year: 2015

Family dogs and dog owners offer a potentially powerful way to conduct citizen science to answer questions about animal behavior that are difficult to answer with more conventional approaches. Here we evaluate the quality of the first data on dog cognition collected by citizen scientists using the Dognition.com website. We conducted analyses to understand if data generated by over 500 citizen scientists replicates internally and in comparison to previously published findings. Half of participants participated for free while the other half paid for access. The website provided each participant a temperament questionnaire and instructions on how to conduct a series of ten cognitive tests. Participation required internet access, a dog and some common household items. Participants could record their responses on any PC, tablet or smartphone from anywhere in the world and data were retained on servers. Results from citizen scientists and their dogs replicated a number of previously described phenomena from conventional lab-based research. There was little evidence that citizen scientists manipulated their results. To illustrate the potential uses of relatively large samples of citizen science data, we then used factor analysis to examine individual differences across the cognitive tasks. The data were best explained by multiple factors in support of the hypothesis that nonhumans, including dogs, can evolve multiple cognitive domains that vary independently. This analysis suggests that in the future, citizen scientists will generate useful datasets that test hypotheses and answer questions as a complement to conventional laboratory techniques used to study dog psychology.


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The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) is a professional organization for dog trainers and canine behavior consultants who are committed to improving through the field through education and promoting science-based methods. The APDT produces and organizes educational conferences, online education, and issues an award-winning journal ...


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The Genius of Dogs is more than a glimpse into the fascinating world of dogs everywhere its the gateway to unlocking the surprising abilities of your own four-legged friend. Co-author Dr ...


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The 9 Dognition Profiles Which is your dog? After playing the Dognition games, discover your dog's Dognition Profile! Each of the 9 Profile Types represents a distinct combination of characteristics that shape your dog's approach to everyday life. Socialite? Einstein? Protodog?


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2016 by Canines, Inc. Dognition is registered by Canines, Inc


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Close Membership Breakdown Assessment & Analysis Science-Based Games and Online Gameplay Tool Profile Report that describes your dogs unique genius Monthly Expert Tips and Ask Our Experts Columns Membership Benefits A new Dognition Game every month with expert analysis Custom activities based on your dogs results Add other dogs to your account for 50% off


Canines Inc. | Entity website

Close Membership Breakdown Assessment & Analysis Science-Based Games and Online Gameplay Tool Profile Report that describes your dogs unique genius Monthly Expert Tips and Ask Our Experts Columns Membership Benefits A new Dognition Game every month with expert analysis Custom activities based on your dogs results Add other dogs to your account for 50% off


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2016 by Canines, Inc. Dognition is registered by Canines, Inc

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