The 8th Canine
Science Forum

11-14 July 2023, Budapest, Hungary


What is the Canine Science Forum?

The Canine Science Forum is an interdisciplinary conference that brings together scientists with different expertise on Canines. It is held biannually since 2008 and it is the main international meeting devoted to the biology, ecology and behaviour of dogs, wolves and related canids.

Aims and scope

Through enhancing communication between various fields, the Canine Science Forum aims at substantiating canine biology in order to develop it as a major model for biological investigations. The Canine Science Forum also intends to utilize science as a source of knowledge to promote:

  • Consolidation of an interdisciplinary field of canine biology
  • Better integration of dogs in our rapidly changing modern society
  • Dog science that develops non-invasive research technologies (good scientific practice)

The Canine Science Forum is also aimed to spread information on the advantageous roles of dogs in our society and thus increase their well-being.

Major topics (following Tinbergen’s 4 questions)

Mechanisms behind canine behaviour

Development of Canids

Functions of canine behaviour

Evolution of Canines

Applied topics

The dog-human relationship

Applied aspects of canine biology

Meet the Team

Keynote Speakers

Meet our plenary speakers

Speaker 1

Dr. Anindita Bhadra

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata

Speaker 2

Prof. Ludwig Huber

Comparative Cognition, Messerli Institute, VetMed, Vienna

Speaker 3

Dr. Erin Hecht

Harvard University, Dept. of Human Evolutionary Biology

Speaker 4

Prof. Peter Sandøe

Univ. of Copenhagen, Dept. of Food and Resource Economics

Speaker 5

Dr. Kristyn Vitale

Unity College, Dept. of Animal Health and Behavior

Speaker 6

Dr. Attila Andics

Neuroethology Lab, Department of Ethology, ELTE, Budapest

Speaker 7

Dr. Jennifer Meadows

Dept. of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University, Sweden

Speaker 9

Dr. Anna Gergely

Inst. of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, Research Center for Natural Sciences, Budapest

Abstract book

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Please be aware that this is only a planned outline of the programme. Changes might occure.



Prof. Ludwig Huber

Prof. Ludwig Huber Plenary talk

How dogs understand us

Oral session

11:20 Louise Mackie Regular talk

Comparing overimitation in dogs and 5-year-old children

11:35 Melitta Csepregi Regular talk

Can I help you? Factors influencing spontaneous dog-human cooperation

11:50 Kinga Kovács Regular talk

Reflective belief revision in pet dogs, Kune Kune pigs and human infants?

12:05 Paula Pérez Fraga Regular talk

Intense exposure to human social stimuli during domestication and development is not sufficient to trigger attachment towards humans: A pig-dog comparative study

12:20 Jori Noordenbos Pecha-Kucha talk

Dogs' understanding of human knowledge through an unsolvable puzzle task

Lunch Eat

Dr. Anna Gergely

Dr. Anna Gergely Young Scientist Award talk

The role of our voice and face in dog-directed communication

Oral session

14:15 Flavie Bensaali-Nemes Regular talk

Acoustic analysis of dog-directed human vocalizations produced in positive and negative contexts

14:30 Tamás Faragó Regular talk

Species-specific and acoustic effects on dogs’ perception of social messages in vocalisations

14:45 Andrea Sommese Regular talk

Object Preference and Social Interaction in Gifted Word Learner and Typical Dogs

15:00 Borbála Turcsán Regular talk

The hierarchical structure of canine cognition: two domains and a general cognitive factor

15:15 Édua Koós-Hutás Pecha-Kucha talk

Facial prosodic features of infant and dog-directed communication

15:25 Emma Cox Pecha-Kucha talk

No Bones About It: The Effect of Chewing on Cognition in Dogs

Coffee break refreshment time

Dr Attila Andics

Dr Attila Andics Plenary talk

Are dog brains tuned to humans?

Oral session

16:55 Magdalena Boch Regular talk

Action observation in the dog and human brain and the role of the social temporal lobe

17:10 Laura Cuaya Regular talk

Representation of rewards differing in their hedonic valence in the caudate nucleus correlates with the performance in a problem-solving task in dogs (Canis familiaris)

17:25 Raúl Hernández Regular talk

Unravelling Brain Representations of Emotional Human Faces in Dogs

17:40 Anna Kis Regular talk

Development and validation of a sleep questionnaire, SNoRE 3.0, to evaluate sleep in companion dogs

17:55 Marianna Boros Pecha-Kucha talk

A neural marker of object label understanding in family dogs

18:05 Boglárka Morvai Pecha-Kucha talk

Neural processing of con- and heterospecific voices in two domesticated species

18:15 Daniela Poertl Pecha-Kucha talk

Did dog domestication contribute to language evolution?

Welcome Drink

Prof. Peter Sandøe

Prof. Peter Sandøe Plenary talk

Will dog breeds as we know them today soon be a thing of the past?

Oral session

09:50 Elizabeth Walsh Regular talk

Human-dog play behaviour: how body language and nonverbal cues are key to clarity in human-canine communication

10:05 Alessia Diana Regular talk

Investigating stress and welfare in dogs transitioning from commercial breeding kennels to homes: a longitudinal pilot study

10:20 Camila Cavalli Pecha-Kucha talk

Effect of positive mood on learning and stress resilience in dogs

Coffee break refreshment time

Oral session

11:00 Rachel Kinsman Regular talk

Puppy socialisation: The effect of age and the UK/ROI COVID-19 lockdown

11:15 Eliza Ruiz-Izaguirre Regular talk

The effect of owner-reported auditory experiences during puppyhood on fear of fireworks in 2.5 year-old dogs in the UK and Republic of Ireland: A causal inference analysis of longitudinal data

11:30 Cheng Yu Hou Pecha-Kucha talk

Providing a Choice: Individual Dogs’ Preferences for Activity-based Environmental Enrichment in an Animal Shelter

11:40 Eleanor Jordan Pecha-Kucha talk

Post-Adoption Support: Reported behaviours in dogs over the first four months of adoption

11:50 Anna Morros-Nuevo Pecha-Kucha talk

Canine Obesity: Owner Management Effort and Outcome Differ According to Dog’s Food Motivation

Poster teasers watch and listen

  • Kata Vékony: Big boss of balls - validation of the Dog Rank Questionnaire
  • Viktória Bakos: Associations between the dogs’ rank in the hierarchy and their attachment to the owner
  • Jaume Fatjó: Factors affecting time to adoption of dogs presented in a virtual shelter in Spain.
  • Zsófia Bognár: Brachycephalic dogs’ outstanding attention towards humans seems not to contribute to their popularity
  • Zsófia Bognár: General preference for shorter-headed dogs in humans - first results of an online survey
  • Joni Delanoeije: Like caregiver, like dog? Caregiver stress predicts dogs’ physical activity – but not dogs’ heart rate variability – as captured by a Garmin smartwatch and PetPace smartcollar
  • Paula Pérez Fraga: Comparing companion pigs’ and dogs’ reactions to negative human emotional vocalizations - A citizen science study
  • Dana Ravid-Schurr: Do Dogs Rely on Their Experience with a Novel Cue to Predict How Others Would Respond to It?
  • Akash Kulgod: A systematic review of non-invasive canine electroencephalography (EEG)

Lunch Eat

Poster session Walk and see

Dr. Jennifer Meadows

Dr. Jennifer Meadows Plenary talk

Placing dog genetics in the wider world of mammalian evolution

Oral session

15:20 Katriina Tiira Regular talk

Can we predict adult personality from 4-7 month-old puppies?

15:35 Silvan Urfer Regular talk

The Dog Aging Project Brain Health Study – A Nationwide Effort to Study Companion Dogs with Cognitive Dysfunction as a Model of Alzheimer’s Disease

15:50 Barbara Csibra Pecha-Kucha talk

A human-analogue approach towards diagnose canine ADHD: a novel questionnaire and a behavioural test battery

Coffee break refreshment time

Dr. Annika Bremhorst

Dr. Annika Bremhorst Young Scientist Award talk

The Face of Canine Emotions - Novel Approaches to Exploring Facial Behaviour of Emotions in Dogs

Roundtable Interesting stuff

Wine and cheese in the Botanical Garden

Dr. Kristyn Vitale

Dr. Kristyn Vitale Plenary talk

Similar or different: Comparisons between cat-human and dog-human interactions

Oral session

09:50 Márta Gácsi Regular talk

Do they differ in testability or in reliance on human gestures? Comparing dogs and cats

10:05 Claudia Fugazza Regular talk

Puppies - but not kittens and wolf pups - tend to spontaneously imitate human actions

10:20 Enikő Kubinyi Pecha-Kucha talk

Attitudes toward dogs and cats in a representative sample: One in ten pet owners considers their pet more important than anyone else

Coffee break refreshment time

Oral session

11:00 Shany Dror Regular talk

Turning anecdotes into evidence with the power of citizen science: Gifted Word Learner dogs reveal characteristics of a distinct dog population

11:15 Zoe Parr-Cortes Regular talk

Do dogs differ in their response to a judgment bias test when exposed to the odour of human stress or relaxation?

11:30 Andrea Sommese Pecha-Kucha talk

ManyDogs 1: A Multi-Lab Replication Study of Dogs’ Pointing Comprehension

11:40 Akitsugu Konno Pecha-Kucha talk

Friendly dogs are more successful in training for sniffing dogs

11:50 Cécile Guérineau Pecha-Kucha talk

Hearing abilities in dogs: detection and localization of sounds using a staircase method

Poster teasers watch and listen

  • Sarah Weir: The creation of a systematic framework to identify differences in dog laws across the nations of the United Kingdom
  • Rubina Mondal: From streets to homes: Exploring behaviours and dog-human relationship among adopted free-ranging dogs in India
  • Karen Griffin: The development of a dog quality of life assessment tool based on a hierarchy of dogs’ needs.
  • Laura Rial: Does the sex of the human demonstrator influence the performance of dogs during an observational learning task? Preliminary results
  • Laura Rial: Post conflict consolation towards humans in domestic dogs: a pilot study.
  • Tamás Faragó: Humans can differentiate and recognise dogs by their whines
  • Chiara Canori: The use of video to study dogs’ intraspecific visual communication
  • Victor Azariev: Mobile App for Enhancing Behavioral Testing of Working Dogs
  • Judit Abdai: Dog-robot interactions: What does it take to become best friends?

Lunch Eat

Poster session Walk and see

Dr. Erin Hecht

Dr. Erin Hecht Plenary talk

Brain-behavior evolution in dogs and foxes

Oral session

15:20 Hana Tebelmann Regular talk

Mechanisms of boldness and related traits in subspecies of Gray Wolves (Canis lupus)

15:35 Petra Dobos Regular talk

Dog breeds and detours – cooperative working dogs perform better than independent breeds in a social learning task

15:50 Anna Broseghini Regular talk

Development of an ethogram of dogs’ predatory behaviour

16:05 Amin Azadian Pecha-Kucha talk

Breed and Individual Differences in Learning in Purebred Pet Dogs

Coffee break refreshment time

Oral session

16:45 Anna Zamansky Regular talk

Automated Video-Based Monitoring of Sheltered Dogs Welfare

17:00 Christoph Völter Regular talk

Unwilling or Unable? Using 3D tracking to evaluate dogs' reactions to differing human intentions

17:15 Karoline Gerwisch Regular talk

Using mobile eye tracking to study dogs’ understanding of human referential communication

17:30 Paula Berg Pecha-Kucha talk

Using mobile eye tracking to study spatial navigation in guide and pet dogs

17:40 Haruka Kasuga Pecha-Kucha talk

How dog-size and owner-robot interaction affect the result of dogs' pointing test

17:50 Judit Abdai Pecha-Kucha talk

Do dogs attribute goal-directedness to robots?

18:00 Dana Vilker Pecha-Kucha talk

Of fish and dogs – What undomesticated working fish can teach us about the importance of play in training and working with service dogs

18:10 Ivaylo Iotchev Pecha-Kucha talk

Spaces versus objects in canine thought

Gala dinner eat, chat, have fun

Dr. Anindita Bhadra

Dr. Anindita Bhadra Plenary talk

A dog's life - learning from free-ranging dogs in India

Oral session

09:50 Saara Junttila Regular talk

Human-directed behaviour during the unsolvable task associated with higher trainability and lower impulsivity

10:05 Madison Murray Regular talk

Watch Me!: The Impact of Training Experience on Social Referencing in Domestic Dogs

10:20 Lucie Přibylová Regular talk

Ability of dog owners to identify their dogs by smell

10:35 Balázs Szigeti Pecha-Kucha talk

Investigating the associations of breed selection and morphology with the separation behaviour of dogs

Coffee break refreshment time

Oral session

11:15 Sharyn Bistre Dabbah Regular talk

Association between medical detection dogs' cognitive bias and their task performance

11:30 Tímea Kovács Regular talk

Permissive training style elicits weaker memory consolidation in more inattentive dogs

11:45 Peter Sandoe Pecha-Kucha talk

The use of positive vs. aversive dog training methods is correlated with animal ethics orientation - a US study

11:55 Alexandra Protopopova Pecha-Kucha talk

Are results of a Judgement Bias Test affected by pre-session discrimination or generalization training in dogs?

12:05 Claudia Fugazza Pecha-Kucha talk

Preliminary evidence of retention of object labels for 2 years by Gifted Word Learner dogs

12:15 Giulia Pedretti Pecha-Kucha talk

The nature and function of domestic dogs’ visual signals: intra and interspecific audience effects on dogs’ behavioural patterns and facial expressions

12:25 Iuna Decourtias Pecha-Kucha talk

Deciphering dogs’ facial and postural mimics according to emotional contexts

Closing remarks saying good bye

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Event Venue

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ELKH (formerly MTA) Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Magyar Tudósok körútja 2, Budapest, Hungary, 1117

Unlike in 2008 and 2018, this year the CSF moves to a new buliding located just right next to the ELTE university campus where the other two conferences took place. The building and the conference room is accessible with wheelchair. Well-socialized and -trained dogs are welcome.


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    • Access to exhibition
    • Coffee Breaks, lunch
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    • Welcome reception
    • Conference bag
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    • Publication opportunity in Proceedings

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    • Accompanying badge
    • Coffee Breaks, lunch
    • Welcome reception

after April 30

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    • Access to exhibition
    • Coffee Breaks, lunch
    • Participant badge
    • Welcome reception
    • Conference bag
    • Access to program and abstract book
    • Publication opportunity in Proceedings

after April 30

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    • Access to exhibition
    • Coffee Breaks, lunch
    • Participant badge
    • Welcome reception
    • Conference bag
    • Access to program and abstract book
    • Publication opportunity in Proceedings

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after April 30

    • Access to exhibition
    • Accompanying badge
    • Coffee Breaks, lunch
    • Welcome reception

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