Commentary Type

Invited Commentary


Based on their high sociability and their capabilities in social cognition, we should conclude that dogs experience rich emotions in the social domain. I discuss the importance of dog-human attachment and some of the controversial evidence for so-called secondary emotions, which leaves many questions to answer.

Author Biography

Stefanie Riemer is a post-doc at the Animal Welfare Division, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Bern, and group leader of the Companion Animal Behaviour Group. Her main research interests include individual behavioural differences, cognition, motivation and the assessment of emotions in pet dogs.