Franklin, Robert G., Jr. (2017) Canine emotions and the bond between humans and dogs. Animal Sentience 14(6)
Miiamaaria V. Kujala, Canine emotions as seen through human social cognition
I explore how the findings reviewed by Kujala (2017) influence our understanding of the human-dog bond. The special social cognitive abilities of dogs may be unique among animal species, probably influenced by the circumstances surrounding canine domestication. The bond has influenced animal welfare policies, giving dogs a privileged place among animals. To determine what protections other species should have in a rational animal welfare policy, more research is needed on whether other species have similar social cognitive abilities.