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"The study provides the first evidence for the similarity between the "secure base effect" found in dog-owner and child-caregiver relationships. This striking parallel will be further investigated in direct comparative studies on dogs and children."
"One of the things that really surprised us is, that adult dogs behave towards their caregivers like human children do. It will be really interesting to try to find out how this behavior evolved in the dogs with direct comparisons."
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The Importance of the Secure Base Effect for Domestic Dogs – Evidence from a Manipulative Problem-Solving Task
Lisa Horn, Ludwig Huber, Friederike Range
PLoS One 2013; doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065296
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