Special Issue "Companion Animal Cognition, Communication, and Behavior"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.
Interests: ethology; animal physiology; endocrinology; medical detection dogs; animal personality
Companion animals play multiple roles in modern human society, where they may act as pets, auxiliaries, medical detectors, livestock guardians, military, and partners in sports activities. However, in a human-companion relationship, animals do not always benefit from welfare; humans may not be aware of their companion's cognitive skills and may not always respect their ethological needs. Also, cultural differences may enhance the lack of intra- and inter-specific communication and the poor understanding of the animal's needs. Communication, defined as the physiological ability to send and receive signals in the visual, auditory, tactile, electric, and chemical modalities, is essential to the development and maintenance of any social system. For companion animals, communication within and between species may be impacted by both the social and physical environment, which very often are profoundly different from those in which their signal evolved. In this context, companion animals may exhibit behaviors that are perceived negatively by owners, which may also reflect underlying communicative, affective, or cognitive disorders. In these circumstances, assessment of physiological, endocrinal, behavioral, and cognitive parameters in companion animals may be fundamental to achieve and maintain higher welfare standards.
This Special Issue is interested in both reviews and research papers on all aspects of companion animals' communication, cognition, and physiological behavior, and it is also interested in how dogs, cats, and horses are affected by their roles in society, including predicting, preventing and treating behaviors perceived as problematic by owners. Research articles focused on individual differences in behavior and cognition, measurement of emotions in companion animals, as well as applied studies in the field of clinical animal behavior, are welcome.
Prof. Silvia Michela Mazzola
Dr. Cannas Simona
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- Animal behavior
- Companion animal social behaviour
- Companion animal behavioural problems
- Prevention of companion animal behavioural problems
- Treatment of companion animal behavioural problems
- Companion animal cognition
- Cognitive abilities
- Emotional expression