Exploring Dogs' Minds

7 Oct 2014 18:30 Dr Juliane Kaminski, University of Portsmouth Details Selection pressures during domestication not only shape animals' morphology, but also animals' behaviour and cognition. A highly interesting case is the domestic dog. One interesting question is to what extent, if at all, dogs have specially adapted to their new niche, namely the human environment. The so-called domestication hypothesis claims that dogs have evolved specialised social cognitive skills, as an adaptation to the human environment. This becomes especially apparent in dogs' outstanding ability to flexibly follow human forms of communication.