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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  • Greeting behavior between dogs in a dog park 

    Ward, Camille (Universidad de Córdoba, Departamento de Medicina y Cirugía Animal, 2020)
    I used naturalistic observations to explore patterns of greeting behavior between 58 off-leash dogs (Canis familiaris) at a dog park. Dogs greeting at a dog park entailed one or both dogs approaching, engaging in olfactory ...
  • The human response to pet rescue TV commercials 

    Mueller, Thomas; Wingrove, Twila; Murray, Sidney (Universidad de Córdoba, Departamento de Medicina y Cirugía Animal, 2020)
    According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 6.5 million abandoned pets are housed in shelters in the United States. Of those who are sheltered 670,000 dogs are euthanized. An opportunity ...
  • Domestic cats’ reactions to their owner and an unknown individual petting a potential rival 

    Buchera, Benoit; Arahoria, Minori; Chijiiwaa, Hitomi; Takagia, Saho; Fujitaa, Kazuo (Universidad de Córdoba, Departamento de Medicina y Cirugía Animal, 2020)
    Jealousy is a second-order emotion, its main function being to protect a valued relationship from a rival. A basic form of jealousy has been described in human infants, and its presence in non-human animals has recently ...
  • The human side of animal experimentation: A qualitative, exploratory study into workrelated stress and coping in animal experimenters 

    Glenk, Lisa Maria; Belik, Cornelia; Palme, Rupert; Aigner, Andreas; Jensen-Jarolim, Erika (Universidad de Córdoba, Departamento de Medicina y Cirugía Animal, 2020)
    Besides the pervasive controversy of animal experimentation in society, ethics and science, the human experimenter side of laboratory animal studies is a relatively underrepresented topic in human-animal interaction research. ...
  • The relevance of affiliative relationships in horses: review and future directions 

    Costa, Helena; Fragoso, Sara; Heitor, Filipa (Universidad de Córdoba, Departamento de Medicina y Cirugía Animal, 2019)
    For many years, studies on horse social behaviour focused mainly on social organization, dominance and aggression. There are comparatively fewer studies on affiliative relationships among horses, despite their impact on ...

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