About this Research Topic
Following on from the success of the Research Topic “Working Dogs: Form and Function”, we are pleased to launch Volume II. This will provide a single point of reference for the current state of the art on the science of working dog performance. Dogs assist humans in a multitude of roles including as detectors, guides, guardians, stock herders, assistants and professional canine athletes. The role of working dogs touches on a mutual need of human and dogs for companionship, assistance and security, and there is increasing demand for evidence-based research on how to enhance the performance and success of human and working dog partnerships. The ability of a dog to complete tasks depends on their physical and behavioral traits, their ability to exert themselves at various demanding tasks requires both physical and behavioral stamina, agility, and resilience.
This Research Topic encourages the submission of manuscripts that explore themes such as (but not limited to):
i) The influence and interactions of genetics, health, environment and training are areas that can provide new insight to improve performance in current dogs and future generations;
ii) The human impact on the success of the working dog team encompasses the human’s physical, psychological and analytic perspectives, and the intersection of human and canine interspecies communication.
This research topic aims to address the form and function of both human and canine partners in optimizing cooperation and performance outcomes of the working dog and handler. We welcome all contributions - research, reviews, and commentary - that advance and expand the field of working dog performance science and the human-canine partnership.
Dr Otto has previously received grants from Purina, and works with Royal Canin, Dechra, Zoetis. Dr Hall previously received grants from Diana Pet Foods and PIC.
Keywords: Canine Performance, Structure, Behavior, Locomotion, Olfaction, Assistance Dogs, Handler
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.