Dr. Frank r. Ascione Dr. Antoni Bulbena, Dr. Marta GÁcsi, Dr. Elizabeth Head, Dr. Olof Liberg, Dr. Carles VilÀ
Dr. Frank R. Ascione, USA

Dr. Ascione received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgetown University in 1969 and his doctoral degree in developmental psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1973. He is currently retired. Dr. Ascione has been a Professor, the inaugural American Humane Endowed Chair, and Executive Director of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. He is also Professor Emeritus, Utah State University. Dr. Ascione has published numerous articles on the development of antisocial and prosocial behavior in children, co-edited two books Cruelty to Animals and Interpersonal Violence: Readings in Research and Application (1998), Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Animal Abuse: Linking the Circles of Compassion for Prevention and Intervention (1998), both published by Purdue University Press, and authored Safe Havens for Pets: Guidelines for Programs Sheltering Pets for Women who are Battered. In the fall of 2001, the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention published Ascione’s review of animal abuse and youth violence as a Research Bulletin. Children and Animals: Exploring the Roots of Kindness and Cruelty was published in 2005 and has been translated into Japanese and Italian editions. The International Handbook of Animal Abuse and Cruelty: Theory, Research, and Application, edited by Dr. Ascione, was published in May 2008. Development of this handbook was sponsored by the Scott Charitable Trust. Dr. Ascione was selected to receive the 2001 Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations and the International Society for Anthrozoology. He served on the editorial boards of Anthrozoos and Aggression and Violent Behavior and has been an adjunct faculty member with the American Humane Association.

Dr. Ascione has conducted research related to humane education and children’s attitudes toward animals. More recently, he has focused his attention on child and adolescent animal abuse. This research examines the common roots of violence toward people and animals and is directed at identifying an early indicator of at-risk status in children. An invited speaker at local, national, and international conferences [including conferences in Tel Aviv, Geneva, Dublin, Prague, Florence, Rome, Brussels, Gothenburg, Cambridge, Oxford, Toronto, Vancouver (BC), London (Ontario), Rio de Janeiro, Kobe, Tokyo, Osaka, Sendai, Kumamoto, Kanazawa, Gifu, Miyazaki, Hiroshima, Kagawa, Amsterdam, the Hague, Utrecht, Haarlem, Stockholm, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin, Mackay, Adelaide, Auckland, Glasgow, Regensburg, and Santorini (Greece)], Dr. Ascione has collaborated with human services, social work, and child development staff working with abused children, with youth corrections personnel, with state shelters for women who are battered, and adult protective services professionals. His work has been supported by the Humane Society of the United States, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the American Humane Association, the Scott Charitable Trust, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. He was recently awarded a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R01HD066503).

Dr. Ascione has provided information or testimony for the state legislatures of Utah, Ohio, Colorado, Tennessee, and Washington, regarding animal abuse legislation. He has appeared on CNN’s “Live from the Headlines”, the Oprah Winfrey Show, had his research cited in the NY Times, USA Today, and Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, O (June 2008), and has been a guest on numerous local, national, and international TV and radio programs.

Dr. Ascione was a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Child Development, the International Society for Anthrozoology, the International Society for Research on Aggression, and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

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Dr. Antoni Bulbena, Spain

Antonio Bulbena Vilarrasa is Professor of Psychiatry at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and Director of INAD, Institute of Neuropsychiatry and Addictions, Parc de Salut Mar in Barcelona. INAD consists of different psychiatric services in several hospitals, including more than 400 public beds and the management of 8 mental health centers, 3 monitoring centers and 10 community addiction care programs, prevention, and occupational health.

Professor Bulbena has developed this research in several topics which include dementia and pseudodementia, psychiatric emergencies, memory, depression, eating chocolate and carbohydrates, the clinical measurement in psychiatry, phobias and relationships between stations and biometeorology to psychopathology.

The most prominent line of research in which he is working on is the relationship between anxiety disorders and associated somatic pathology, especially his original description of the close relationship of inherited disorders of collagen with anxiety.

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Dr. Marta Gácsi, Hungary

Over the last fifteen years Márta Gácsi has conducted research on dog-human interactions in the Family Dog Project, Budapest.

She received her PhD in ethology at Eötvös Loránd University and she is currently Res. Assoc. Prof. at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Her field of study is the ethological analysis of dog-human relationship and the role of domestication in dogs' socio-cognitive capacities. Her PhD dissertation investigated the development and assessment methods of dog-owner attachment bond. She is the author/co-author of peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters on dog-wolf comparative studies, dog attachment, dog’s human directed aggression and dogs’ socio-cognitive abilities.

Currently her major research interest is the application of dogs’ interspecific social behaviours as a model for designing more “social” service robots.

She is one of the founders of the Dogs for Humans Association in Hungary, developing and utilizing ethologically sound methods for raising and training assistance dog .

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Dr. Elizabeth Head, USA

Dr. Head received a Masters in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Toronto, Canada. She received postdoctoral training at the Institute for Brain Aging & Dementia at the University of California – Irvine. She was co-leader of the Neuropathology Core of the University of California Irvine Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and was Director of the Institute’s Brain Bank. Dr. Head moved to the University of Kentucky in January of 2009 and is currently an Associate Professor at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.

Dr. Head has published over 125 peer reviewed papers and serves as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes on Health.

Since 1986 Dr. Head has been developing new approaches to promote healthy brain aging in dogs and hopes to translate these results into clinical trials for people with Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Dr. Olof Liberg, Sweden

Veterinary exam, M.Sc.Vet.Med/DVM at the Royal Veterinary Academy, Stockholm 1968
Ph.D. in Animal Ecology, Lund University, Sweden 1981
Assistant professor in Animal Ecology Stockholm University 1990

Present position
Research Leader, Dept. of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Coordinator of the Scandinavian Wolf Research Project SKANDULV (since Jan 2000)

Research direction
and production in short

Earlier research on large herbivore habitat preferences in Zambia, feral cat predation and social behaviour and bird/insect community ecology in broad-leaved forests. Present research includes population ecology of ungulates and large carnivores with special emphasis on demography, predator-prey dynamics, eco-pathology and behavioural ecology of roe deer, lynx and wolf, and conservation biology and population genetics of wolf.

Author and co-author of 71 peer-reviewed scientific papers in international journals or book chapters, 69 technical reports and popular articles and 2 books. Contributor at 32 international conferences. Advisor to the Swedish government on large carnivore conservation issues Member of IUCN Wolf Specialist Group. Has supervised 5 students to their PhD. Degree.

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Dr. Carles Vilà, Spain

Carles Vilà's research focuses on the use of genetics tools to study the origin of biodiversity and to conserve it. He works on organisms as diverse as tropical frogs, Eurasian quails or otters. However, since his PhD he has been working on the ecology, population differentiation and evolution of wolves. The interest in wolves led to studies on the domestication and origin of dogs, and later on other domestic mammals. Most of these domestic animals show an amazing diversity in morphology, behavior and even physiology, resulting from the extreme selective forces that they have been experiencing during millennia. The study of the molecular mechanisms responsible for this variety can help us understand how evolution works and can illustrate the origin of Earth's diversity.

Dr. Vilà trained as a field ecologist during his PhD on Iberian wolves. After obtaining his degree from the University of Barcelona in 1993 he introduced himself into conservation and population genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles. He continued his career at the University of Uppsala (Sweden) and in 2008 returned to Spain. He is now conducting research at the Doñana Biological Station in Seville, dependent of the Spanish Research Council, CSIC.

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Tuesday, 24 july, Wednesday, 25 july, thursday, 26 july, friday 27 july, Assistance Dogs International Conference 2012, posters


Welcome reception



09:00-11:20 Lectures

Opening lecture
Dr J. Fatjó / Dr. A. Bulbena

Plenary lecture:
Dr. Olof Liberg


Interactions between wolves and livestock guarding dogs on a French alpine pasture.
J-M. Landry
(Institute for the Promotion and Research on guarding Animals, Switzerland) Ref. CSF 62 

Genetic support from a zoo population can nearly double the genetic variation of an isolated, highly inbred wild wolf population.
M. Jansson & L. Laikre

(Stockholm University) Ref. CSF 114

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-13:30 Lectures

Poster teaser


Do dogs detect distress as we humans do? A cortisol study on humans and dogs.
M. H. Yong
(University of Otago) Ref. CSF 21

Visual perception in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris): global or local preference of stimulus encoding.
E. Pitteri
(Università degli Studi di Padova) Ref. CSF 32

Visual event-related potentials of dogs recorded with fully non-invasive electroencephalography.
H. Törnqvist
(University of Helsinki) Ref. CSF 34

13:20-15:00 Lunch break & poster session

15:00-17:20 Lectures

Poster Teaser

Plenary lecture:
Dr. Carles Vilà


Guidelines for Endophenotyping in Behavior Genetics Studies.
R. Plaetke
(University of Alaska) Ref. CSF 22

Genetic evaluation of temperament traits in the Rough Collie. P. Arvelius
(Swedish Univ. of Agricultural Sciences) CSF 28

Immune gene diversity in grey wolves (Canis lupus)-
A. K. Niskanen
(University of Oulu, Finland) Ref. CSF 39

17:20-17:55 Coffee break & poster session

17:55-19:15 Lectures


What makes a dog to spin? An integrated analysis of genetic and environmental factors affecting tail chasing in four dog breeds.
K. Tiira & O. Hakosalo
(University of Helsinki) Ref. CSF 58

Analysis of Y-chromosome DNA suggests a multiple-region origin of domestic dog.
N. Sastre
(Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) Ref. CSF 124

Analysis of intraspecific attachment in dogs (Canis familiaris): preliminary results.
C. Mariti
(Università di Pisa) Ref. CSF 17

Social Play Behavior in Dogs and Their Wild Relatives: What we know and don't know and directions for future research.
M. Bekoff
(University of Colorado) Ref. CSF 25

19:30-20:30 Wine Tasting

20:30-21:30 Evening talk

Evening presentation:

Professor Antoni Bulbena



09:00-11:00 Lectures

Poster Teaser

Plenary lecture:
Dr. Elizabeth Head


Influence of social relationships on leadership behaviour in free-ranging dogs.
R. Bonanni
(University of Parma) Ref. CSF 38

Dominance and its behavioural measures in a pack of domestic dogs.
J. A. M. van der Borg
(Wageningen University) Ref. 52

11:00-11:30 Coffee break & poster session

11:30-13:30 Lectures


Stress during certification testing in prison drug detection dogs and their handlers.
N. A. Dreschel
(Pennsylvania State University) Ref. CSF 54

Age effects on interspecific communicative abilities of domestic dogs.
L. Wallis
(University of Vienna) Ref. CSF 57

Personality, social behaviour, and cortisol in dogs: Personality predicts behaviour in a dog park, while cortisol is unrelated to personality or behaviour.
C. Walsh
(Memorial University of Newfoundland) Ref. CSF 61

Are you growling to me? – Assessment of inner state and context recognition from dog growls by human listeners.
T. Faragó
(Eötvös Loránd University) Ref. CSF 67

Clinical characterisation of noise sensitivity in dogs.
J. Bowen
(The Royal Veterinary College). Ref. CSF 73

Automated identification of behaviour in freely moving dogs by accelerometer and gyroscope.
L. Gerencsér
(Eötvös Loránd University) Ref. CSF 80

13:30-15:00 Lunch break & poster session

15:00-17:00 Lectures

Poster teaser

Plenary lecture:
Dr. Marta Gácsi


Dog’s attention to connectivity: spontaneous performance and learning in novel string-pulling tasks.
(University of Vienna) Ref. CSF 43

Sensitivity to Unequal Rewards in the Domestic Dog: Fair is Fine, but More is Better.
A. Horowitz
(Columbia University) Ref. CSF 86

17:00-17:30 Coffee break & poster session

17:30-19:30 Lectures


Matching pictures with the appropriate sound: results from an eye-tracking study of dogs and 14-month-old infants.
A. Gergely
(Eötvös Loránd University) Ref. CSF 82

Persistence and elaboration of communicative signals about inaccessible food in dogs.
C. Savalli
(Federal University of São Paulo) Ref. CSF 98

Referential communication in dogs (Canis familiaris).
C. Savalli
(Federal University of São Paulo) Ref. CSF 101

Behavioral differences between dogs acquired from pet stores and those obtained from noncommercial breeders.
J. A. Serpell
(Best Friends Animal Society) Ref. CSF 105

The role of oxytocin in shelter dogs’ ability to bond to humans.
J. L.
(Monash University) Ref. CSF 27

21:00 Gala Dinner



09:00-11:00 Lectures

Poster teaser


Canine Brain Aging and Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome: Lessons Learnt from Alzheimer’s Disease.
J. Araujo
(University of Toronto) Ref. CSF 49

Does training experience affect dogs performance in a problem solving task?
M. Lullier
(Eötvös Loránd University) Ref. CSF 91

Recognition of familiar human faces in domestic dogs: use of internal or external facial features?.
A. Racca
(University of Vienna) Ref. CSF 99

Physical prompts to anthropomorphism of the domestic dog (Canis familiaris).
J. Hecht
(Columbia University) Ref. CSF 83

10:50-11:30 Coffee break & poster session

11:30-14:00 Lectures

Plenary lecture:
Dr. Frank R. Ascione


Dogs as ‘natural’ models for human psychiatric conditions: information gained from purely behavioral or physiological studies, versus studies that combine both approaches.
K. L. Overall & A. E. Dunham
(University of Pennsilvania, Philadelphia) Ref. CSF 10

Social Referencing in dog – human interactions.
I. Merola
(Università di Milano) Ref. CSF 20

Can dogs relax? Work-related salivary cortisol levels vary in dogs during animal-assisted interventions.
L. M. Glenk
(Research Institute for Pain Treatment and Neurorehabilitation. University of Vienna) Ref. CSF 115

Barking up the right tree: developing education resources that work in remote indigenous contexts.
S. Constable
(Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities) Ref. CSF 59

Humans attribute emotions to a robot that shows simple behavioural patterns borrowed from dog behaviour.
A. Kis
(Eötvös Loránd University) Ref. CSF 63  

14:00-14:30 CSF summation

Dr Jaume Fatjó / Dr. Bulbena

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Program, Assistance Dogs International Conference 2012
Welcome to Joint session of ADI and CSF

Increasing awareness of the value of dogs in society
Prof. Daniel Mills
University of Lincoln, UK

The benefits of scientific research for assistance dogs organizations
Peter Gorbing
Dogs for the Disabled UK, President Assistance Dogs International

Coffee break

Publishing scientific data
Dr Karen Overall
University of Pennsylvania,USA

Companion animals and the health system
Dr Jaume Fatjó
Department of Psychiatry and Legal Medicine, School of Medicine, Universitat AutÒnoma de Barcelona, Spain

Round table

Paul Mundell
National Director of Canine Programs at Canine Companions for Independence

Close and Drinks Reception

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  1. Who is more tolerant? Cofeeding in pairs of pack-living dogs (Canis familiaris) and wolves (Canis lupus). C. Ritter (Wolf Science Center, Ernstbrunn, Austria) Ref. CSF 30

  2. The effect of social factors on object exploration in captive wolf packs. M. Hentrup (Wolf Science Center, Ernstbrunn, Austria) Ref. CSF 68

  3. Leash walking as a cooperation paradigm in wolves (Canis lupus occidentalis) and dogs (Canis lupus familiaris). K. Kotrschal (Wolf Science Centre, Ernstbrunn, Austria) Ref. CSF 89

  4. Dogs and wolves looking back to humans: species difference already at 2 months?. C. Passalacqua (University of Milan) Ref. CSF 97

  5. The crucial information in social learning tasks: differences between wolves and dogs. F. Range (Messerli Research Institute. University of Vienna) Ref. CSF 123

  6. The relationship between stress response of guide dogs and their temperament traits in peripubatal period. K. Mogi (Labotatory of Companion Animal Research. Azabu University, Japan) Ref. CSF 4

  7. Reciprocal communication and neuroendocrine response in human-dog interactions. M. Nagasawa (Azabu University, Japan) Ref. CSF 5

  8. The effect of castrating male dogs on their use of the vomeronasal organ when investigating conspecific urine deposits. D. Berthoud (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge) Ref. CSF 53

  9. Heart rate of dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) during physical and mental activities. K. Kortekaas (Wolf Science Centre. University of Vienna) Ref. CSF 55

  10. Heart rate and heart rate variability in owners and their dogs. I. Schöberl (Konrad Lorenz Research Station Grünau. University of Vienna) Ref. CSF 104

  11. Do cortisol and testosterone levels covary with social role in domestic dogs?. M. Castro (Memorial University of Newfoundland) Ref. CSF 118

  12. Ability of scent identification dogs to detect individual human odors, previously exposed to high temperatures. S. Milena (Canine Behavior Research Center. Czech University) Ref. CSF 120

  13. Inherited Osteosarcoma in a Family of Irish Wolfhounds. G. Griffin (University of Bristol) Ref. CSF 12

  14. Teaching dead dogs new tricks: Right censored data in canine lifespan studies. S. Urfer (University of Washington Medicine Pathology) Ref. CSF 14

  15. Evolution of copy number variants in wolf-like canids. Ó. Ramírez (Institut de Biologia Evolutiva UPF-CSIC) Ref. CSF 100

  16. Dogs show right facial lateralization to stressful stimuli. N. Tsuchihashi (Azabu University, Japan) Ref. CSF 6

  17. DO.C: A behavioural test for evaluating dogs’ suitability for working in the classroom. B. Carlone (Università di Pisa) Ref. CSF 15

  18. Problem solving games as a tool to reduce fear in dogs: preliminary results. M. Zilocchi (Università di Pisa) Ref. CSF 23

  19. Montessori- method for dogs. B. Horvath (University of Vienna) Ref. CSF 26

  20. Dogs hunting bears - what do they really hunt?. B. Forkman (University of Copenhagen) Ref. CSF 37

  21. Beware, I am big and non-dangerous” – Dogs communicate themselves bigger than real size in their play-growls. A. Bálint (Eötvös Loránd University) Ref. CSF 41

  22. Developing a simple behaviour test battery for family dogs (FIDO). I. Brúder (Eötvös Loránd University,) Ref. CSF 42

  23. Visual communication with humans in Japanese Akita Inu. A. Konno (University of Tokyo) Ref. CSF 66

  24. Fake hands, true bites? A. Capra (Università degli Studi di Parma) Ref. CSF 70

  25. Ethological study of Labrador Retrievers’ water interaction and relative preference. S. Tavares & G.Pereira (Universidade do Porto) Ref. CSF 76

  26. Evaluation of a diet supplement on anxiety signs on dog. S. Cannas (Associazione per la Ricerca e lo Studio dell’Etologia e del Benessere Animale-Uomo, Milano) Ref. CSF 77

  27. Analysis of behaviour changes in 65 pet dogs after gonadectomy. S. Cannas (University of Milano) Ref. CSF 126

  28. Effects of owners’ attachment style and personality on their dogs’ separation-related disorder. V. Konok (Eötvös Loránd University) Ref. CSF 88

  29. Development and implementation of a unique online portal for collecting data from a standardized behavior evaluation with shelter dogs. A. Marder (Center for Shelter Dogs, Animal Rescue League of Boston) Ref. CSF 92

  30. Attention to social and non-social stimuli in family dogs. P. Mongillo (Università degli Studi di Padova) Ref. CSF 94

  31. Assessing dogs’ adaptive capacities at the vet. A. Ortolani (Utrecht University) Ref. CSF 96

  32. The relationship between age, sensory problems and behavioural changes in dogs: an online survey study. D. Szabó (Eötvös Lóránd University) Ref. CSF 107

  33. Dependent dog is ready to starve. B. Turcsán (Eötvös Loránd University) Ref. CSF 112

  34. Breed differences in the expression of ‘Boldness’, a personality super-trait. M. Starling (University of Sydney) Ref. CSF 121

  35. Imitation recognition and its effect on subsequent interactions between pet dogs (Canis familiaris). T. Marmota (Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa) Ref. CSF 8

  36. Can dogs use a mirror to find hidden food? T. Howell (Monash University) Ref. CSF 11

  37. Hemispheric Specialization in Dogs for Processing of Acoustic Stimuli. M. Trojan (University of Warsaw) Ref. CSF 18

  38. Do dogs discriminate between pro-social and anti-social human behavior? M. Trojan (University of Warsaw) Ref. CSF 19

  39. The Mirror Project: a dog training method based on social learning. S. Ghidelli (Scuola Cinofila BJ, Lipomo) Ref. CSF 24

  40. Effect of inhibitory control on problem solving in dogs. C. A. Müller (University of Vienna) Ref. CSF 29

  41. Why does the dog choose the less amount of food reward? The priming effect of pre-sensitization with social stimuli. J. Topál (Associazione per la Ricerca e lo Studio dell’Etologia e del Benessere Animale-Uomo) Ref. CSF 110


  1. Dogs (Canis familiaris) evaluate humans on the basis of direct experiences only. M. Nitzschner (Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) Ref. CSF 31

  2. Eye-tracking the gaze of dogs and humans in a pointing gesture study. A. Rossi (Indiana University) Ref. CSF 33

  3. Social referencing: Dogs’ use of emotional signals from an unfamiliar person. M. H. Yong (University of Otago) Ref. CSF 36

  4. Application of Cognitive Neuropsychiatric Testing of Senior Dogs for the Development and Validation of Therapeutic Agents for Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome. G. Landsberg & J. Araujo (CanCog Technologies Inc., Toronto) Ref. CSF 48

  5. Delayed Reinforcement – Does It Affect Learning? C. M. Browne (University of Waikato) Ref. CSF 50

  6. Can Dogs Count? K. Macpherson (University of Western Ontario) Ref. CSF 65

  7. Title: Is the Clever Hans effect in dogs a myth or fact? Results of a pointing study. T. Schmidjell (University of Vienna) Ref. CSF 69

  8. Incidental memory in dogs: adaptive behavioral solution at an unexpected memory test. K. Fujita (Kyoto University) Ref. CSF 71

  9. Factors affecting drugs and explosives detection by dogs in experimental tests. T. Jezierski (Institute of Genetics and Animals Breeding of Polish Academy of Sciences) Ref. CSF 78

  10. The role of facility dogs in the treatment of cynophobia: a case report. P. Calvo (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) Ref. CSF 75

  11. Deferred imitation of novel and known actions in domestic dogs. C. Fugazza (Eötvös Loránd University) Ref. CSF 79

  12. What are you or who are you? The emergence of social interaction between dog and self-propelled objects. A. Gergely (Eötvös Loránd University) Ref. CSF 81

  13. Behavioral assessment and owner perceptions of behaviors associated with guilt in dogs. J. Hetch (Columbia University) Ref. CSF 84

  14. The need for transparency in methodological design: A new web-based tool for sharing protocols and data. A. Miklosi (Eötvös Loránd University) Ref. CSF 93

  15. Do dogs rely on human emotional expressions in a three-way choice test? B. Turcsán (Eötvös Loránd University) Ref. CSF 111

  16. A comparative study of recognition of their body size in dogs and cats. H. Chijiiwa (Kyoto University) Ref. CSF 116

  17. Do dogs prefer pointing gestures by trustworthy person? A. Takaoka (Kyoto University) Ref. CSF 117

  18. Ability of dogs to respond to the pointing gestures of a human and movements of a dummy. K. Dagmar (Czech University of Life Sciences) Ref. CSF 119

  19. How dogs process familiar and inverted faces, an eye movement study. S. Somppi, H. Törnqvist (University of Helsinki, Finland) Ref. CSF 125

  20. CSF 1- Title: Social perception of a dog shelter and its functioning in the neighbourhood. Case study. J. Stefanska (University of Warsaw) Ref. CSF 1

  21. Canine Facilitated Human Learning: Taking canine-human interactions to another level. G. Squirrell (Royal Society of Arts) Ref. CSF 2

  22. Is dog ownership related to a reduced anxiety in human mothers?. A. Gazzano (Università di Pisa) Ref. CSF 7

  23. The relation between empathy and the interpretation of dog (Canis familiaris) behaviour” I. Meyer (University of Copenhagen) Ref. CSF 13

  24. Dogs travelling with people: how owners take care of their dogs during car transportation in Italy. E. Ricci (Università di Pisa) Ref. CSF 16

  25. Dogs in Animal Assisted Interventions: better with the owner C. Muro (Asociación de Perros de Asistencia AEPA Euskadi ) Ref. CSF 35

  26. Animal Assisted Therapy for autistic children: a pilot study of the evolution of dog/child relationship. M. B. Ciari (Universidade de São Paulo) Ref. CSF 40

  27. Leaving the Dogs Alone: The Evolution and Purpose of Doggy Daycares. T. Patel (University of Doglando) Ref. CSF 44

  28. How Varying Societies View the Human-dog Relationship. T. Patel (University of Doglando) Ref. CSF 45

  29. Shelters and Rescues: Are We Running out of Good Dogs?. T. Patel (University of Doglando) Ref. CSF 47

  30. What Dog Owners Read: A Review Of Best-selling Books. C. M. Browne (University of Waikato) Ref. CSF 51

  31. The Australian Working Dog Survey. M. Cobb (Animal Welfare Science Centre. Monash University) Ref. CSF 60

  32. A plausible way for analysing interspecific interactions: Owner-dog dyads as units. A. Kis (Eötvös Loránd University) Ref. CSF 64

  33. Is dog ownership the same for men and women, parents and non-parents? J. Fatjó (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) Ref. CSF 74

  34. Experimental analysis of dog-human relationship in the family-network. G. Lakatos (Eötvös Loránd University) Ref. CSF 90

  35. Correlation between assessment, selection and training outcomes of a puppy to be used as a diabetic alert dog. N. Bondarenko (Surrey) Ref. CSF 95

  36. Shelter dogs in online adoption adverts - The Bold and the Beautiful versus Les Misérables. J. Stefanska (University of Warsaw) Ref. CSF 106

  37. The role of gender differences in the adoption process of shelter dogs. G. Braun (Shelter of Vienna) Ref. CSF 108

  38. Factors that influence adopters’ preference of shelter dog. J. M. Thorn (Knox College) Ref. CSF 109

  39. Cross-cultural differences in domestic dogs’ interactions with humans – preliminary results from Ainsworth’s Strange Situation Test. L. Horn (University of Vienna) Ref. CSF 85

  40. Yawn contagion in dogs as a possible expression of empathy. T. Romero. (University of Tokyo). Ref. CSF 103

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