Do dogs see AIBO, Sony’s four-legged robot, as a conspecific?

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We are conducting a series of exploratory studies on animal robot interactions in collaboration with the ethology group of the University of Eötvös University (Hungary). The purpose of these experiments is to investigate, from an ethological point of view, how much dogs see AIBO as a conspecific. The questions adressed are: what is the influence on the dog’s reactions of movement, smell, presence or absence of eyes, sounds, etc.