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 (including e.g. gaze following and social referencing) and the impact of affiliation on such skills.
My aim is to better understand how dogs became so skillful in communicating with humans, and I am very concerned by the effect of life experience on these skills. Comparison of skills between pet dogs, dogs in captivity (e.g. shelter dogs), working dogs, or free ranging dogs are for me one of the most important field to better understand dogs’ sociality.
Current Research: Dog-Human behavioural synchronization at University Aix-Marseille, France
I studied dog’s ability to synchronize their gazing behaviour with humans, i.e. dogs’ ability to follow human gaze into distant space and in an object-choice task (see Duranton et al., 2017), at the Clever Dog Lab, Vienna, Austria.
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, at University of Paris XIII, France. 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, including free ranging dogs.