Pet Behaviour Science publishes original papers relating to all aspects of the behaviour of pets, including their relationships with humans. It is free of charge for both authors and readers. This is an international and multidisciplinary open access journal. As a multidisciplinary journal, Pet Behaviour Science welcomes submissions from the arts and humanities, behavioural and biological sciences, cognitive science, social sciences and the health sciences. Topics covered include:

Behavioural genetics

Behavioural psychology

Behavioural physiology





Evolution of behaviour

Human-animal relationship and/or their mutual consequences



Problem solving

Pet management and welfare

Sensory and perceptual processes

Social behaviour

Social cognition


The principal subjects are dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and any other animal species when cared for as pets, or animals belonging to these species but which are not used as pets, such as laboratory dogs, when the results could be interesting for their conspecifics as pets.

ISSN: 2445-2874

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  • Cat attacks towards people and/or animals, an educational pending task on pet’s owners? 

    González Pech, Pedro; Medina-Barrera, Valentina (Universidad de Córdoba, Departamento de Medicina y Cirugía Animal, 2023)
    This study aimed to explore the context and the characteristics of domestic cats’ (Felis catus) attacking their owners or other pets and their probable risk factors. A survey was targeted to persons perceiving ...
  • Examining the Effects of Animal-Assisted Activities Against Standard Treatment in a University Setting 

    Spruin, Elizabeth; Islam, Sanjidah; Wornast, Tracey; Dempster, Tammy (Universidad de Córdoba, Departamento de Medicina y Cirugía Animal, 2023)
    The wellbeing of university students has become a global issue in recent years, with the rise of students seeking help for their mental health, the demand for such services has increased ...
  • Effects of dogs’ visits to a public exhibition 

    Marnoto, Vanda; Pereira, Gonçalo G.; Fragoso, Sara; Faria, Ana; Soares, Sandra; Elias, Florbela; Santos, Rita; Silva, Márcia; Saraiva, Sónia; Santos, Ana; Galhardo, Leonor (Universidad de Córdoba, Departamento de Medicina y Cirugía Animal, 2022)
    Outdoor activities with dogs are known to be physically and mentally beneficial to them and their owners, but less is known about their circulation in public spaces. This study aimed to understand the effects of dog‑owner ...
  • Pet attitudes predicting preferences for pets over people 

    Aumer, Katherine; Erickson, Michael; Krizizke, Jack; Jaksuwijitkorn, Marc; Åbb, Jennifer (Universidad de Córdoba, Departamento de Medicina y Cirugía Animal, 2022)
    The preference for animal companionship over human companionship may be predicted by attitudes about pet ownership. We hypothesized that pet attitudes could predict preferences for relationships ...
  • Evaluation of the syndromic characterization and diagnostic criteria of the concept of anxiety in animal ethology professionals: hazardous ground temperatures when walking dogs 

    Morales-Estrada, Aline Ixtab; Ducoing-Watty, Andrés; Maldonado-Reséndiz, Itzcóatl (Universidad de Córdoba, Departamento de Medicina y Cirugía Animal, 2022)
    There is a wide range of reported signs for anxious patients in veterinary medicine but specific diagnostic criteria to characterize them is lacking. The objective of this study was to determine the ...

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