This presentation unpacks the loaded and tricky concept of anthropomorphism and explores it within a scientific framework: how and why do we anthropomorphize, and do anthropomorphic assessments hold water? This talk highlights canine cognition studies of common anthropomorphisms and discusses the implications for the dog-human relationship. Attendees will leave with a more comprehensive understanding of anthropomorphism and can bring this knowledge to interactions with both humans and dogs.
Learning Objectives: 1. Evaluate anthropomorphism and how and why humans anthropomorphize, with a focus on domestic dogs 2. Differentiate between anthropomorphism and behavior-reading and how we can empirically explore common anthropomorphisms 3. Analyze implications of anthropomorphism for the dog-human relationship and training