My main interest in research is Canine Behavior, more precisely Dog Cognition.
I am particularly interested in all the aspects of dog-human communication.
My current study area is dog-human sensitivity to human communicative signals, with behavioral synchronization and social referencing and the impact of affiliation. (see Duranton & Gaunet 2015, 2016, Duranton et al., 2016).
I try to participate in the understanding of how dogs become so skillful in communicating with human beings, and I am very concerned by the effect of life experience and ontogeny on these skills. Comparison of skills between pet dogs, dogs in captivity (e.g. shelter dogs), or free ranging dogs are for me one of the most important field to better understand dogs’ sociality (see Duranton et al., submitted).
I studied dog’s ability to follow human gesture, such as gaze following into distant space and in an object-choice task.
I am also interested in dog-human relationship and more specifically the impact of training methods on dogs’ welfare and behaviour.
I did a study assessing the influence of the method used by the owner on the performances of dogs in a simple problem solving task. We found an unexpected but extremely interesting sex difference in dogs’ performance (see Duranton et al. 2015).
My background in anthropology also makes me really concerned with the evolution of dog-human social bond among domestication process and across cultures.