About Our Dog Lab

"Barnard Dog Cognition Lab"Image by Melissa Moy

Welcome to the Horowitz Dog Cognition Lab! Our group is led by Professor Alexandra Horowitz, author of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know and professor at Barnard College.

Our group studies the behavior and cognition of the domestic dog, Canis Familiaris. We observe companion dogs in their natural environments, and we recruit dogs and owners to participate in fun and interesting studies across the city.

Previous research has included the empirical research of anthropomorphisms, the use of attention and play signals in social play, dog-human play strategies, and intra-canid vocalizations.

Our studies investigate the dog’s perspective, and we would love for you to participate!

To join us, fill out our participation form, visit our website or send us an e-mail at dogcognitionstudy@gmail.com.

We look forward to meeting your dog!

5 responses to this post.

  1. I’m so happy to find this blog! Thanks for posting a link to it on Doggerel. I was excited that my post about “Inside of a Dog” was picked for the front page of WordPress; Dr. Horowitz’s work and the work of her team deserves all the recognition it can get! Thanks for the link, and I’m looking forward to reading.



  2. Posted by Wendy on September 10, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Hello researchers! I am so excited about the canine cognition research you are doing. I have a very practical question, one that is very straightforward, but something I really think deserves an answer: Do dogs like their crates if trained properly? Historically, dog trainers say things like, “dogs are denning animals, they like their crate if you train them right,” and wild canids do live in dens, but that doesn’t mean they like being in there for 8 hours a day! Is there any research on stress hormones, etc that can actually answer this question? I cannot find any real, research-based answer, or any general insight from animal behaviorists. I think this question has a real impact on dogs’ happiness, and although it is simplistic, it seems like it would be a simple question to answer with hormonal research. Any guidance/answers/suggestions?


  3. Posted by Bev Kirk on October 22, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Hello researchers, Is Alexandra Horowitz by any chance the Allie Horowitz who went to Washburne Middle School in Winnetka Illinois and worked at the Evanston Animal Shelter?
    If so she led me to my third rescue beagle and I am now on number five rescue beagle
    and if Alexandra is not that person, there is yet another fine dog loving Horowitz out there.
    Bev Kirk


  4. Hi Bev,
    It seems there are many dog lovers out there by the name of Alexandra Horowitz! Glad to hear one of them helped bring a wonderful Beagle into your life!
    Julie (Lab Manager)


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