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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  • Laboratory rats as pets: The potential role of neonatal handling schedule for their life in and after the lab 

    Chaniotanis, Ioannis; Diamantakosc, Evangelos; Rizou, Vaso; Moltsanidou, Eleni; Kotopoulis, Christos; Thavarajah, Miriam; Polissidis, Alexia; Kostomitsopoulos, Nikolaos (Universidad de Córdoba, Departamento de Medicina y Cirugía Animal, 2020)
    There are organizations for re-homing animals that are also specialized in re-homing dogs and cats who have been research subjects. Why can’t we do this for more animals and especially for the rats that are used extensively ...
  • Up the leash: Exploring canine handlers’ perceptions of volunteering in canine-assisted interventions 

    Rousseau, Camille X.; Binfet, John-Tyler; Green, Freya L. L.; Tardif-Williams, Christine Y.; Draper, Zakary A.; Maynard, Allison (Universidad de Córdoba, Departamento de Medicina y Cirugía Animal, 2020)
    To date, research on university and college based canine-assisted interventions for post-secondary students have focused on identifying the effects of spending time with therapy dogs on the well-being of participants and, ...
  • 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 ...

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