Karl, Sabrina and Huber, Ludwig (2017) Empathy in dogs: With a little help from a friend – a mixed blessing. Animal Sentience 14(13)
Miiamaaria V. Kujala, Canine emotions as seen through human social cognition
Kujala (2017) presents an extensive overview of existing research on canine emotions in comparison to those of other non-human animals and humans. This commentary provides some additional research results on the intensively debated field of empathy in dogs. We focus on recent advances in the understanding of a fundamental building block of empathy — emotional contagion — and on dogs’ remarkable sensitivity for human emotions, including the skills of assistance dogs.