Commentary Type

Invited Commentary


In her review of canine emotions, Kujala (2017) discusses how humans often attribute emotions such as fear, love, and jealousy to their canine companions. This attribution is often dismissed as anthropomorphism, suggesting that only humans can possess these emotions. I argue that emotions are not something we possess but features of certain behavioral patterns. Both human and canine emotions arise through evolution and conditioning; examining their development and expression may lead to new insights about both canine and human behavior.

Author Biography

Allison L. Martin is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Kennesaw State University. Her research interests include applied behavior analysis, captive animal management, animal training, and animal welfare.