I conduct research into human-dog interactions. I am interested in what maintains the human-dog relationship and usually ask this from the dog's point of view: what human interactions do dogs prefer and in what context, what human interactions can function as reinforcers for dogs and can be used in training, and what is the nature of the owner-dog relationship. I am also interested in problems that arise in the social relationship between dog and owner, especially predicting and treating separation anxiety. My study populations are shelter dogs and owned dogs whose owners volunteer them to participate. 

Below you can find my publications with links to the PDF wherever available.


Feuerbacher, E. N., & Wynne, C. D. L. (2017). Dogs don’t always prefer their owners and can quickly form strong preferences for certain strangers over others. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. doi: 10.1002/jeab.280

Feuerbacher, E. N. & Rosales-Ruiz, J. (2017). Can dogs learn concepts the same way we do? Concept formation in a German shepherd. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 30. PDF

Feuerbacher, E. N., & Wynne, C. D. L. (2016). Application of functional analysis methods to assess variables involved in dog-human interactions. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49, 1-5. doi: 10.1002/jaba.318  

Feuerbacher, E. N., & Wynne, C. D. L. (2015). Shut up and pet me! Domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) prefer petting to vocal praise in concurrent and single-alternative choice procedures. Behavioural Processes, 110, 47-59.   PDF

Feuerbacher, E. N., & Wynne, C. D. L. (2014). Most domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) prefer food to petting: context, schedule, and population differences in a concurrent choice. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 101, 385-405.   PDF

Feuerbacher, E. N. & Wynne, C. D. L. (2012). Relative efficacy of human social interaction and food as reinforcers for domestic dogs and hand-reared wolves. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 98(1), 105-129   PDF

Feuerbacher E. N. & Wynne, C. D. L. (2011).  A history of dogs as subjects in North American experimental psychological research. Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews, 6, 46-71.    PDF

Feuerbacher, E. N., Fewell, J. H., Roberts, S. P., Smith, E. F., & Harrison, J. F. (2003).  Effects of load type (pollen or nectar) and load mass on hovering metabolic rate and mechanical power output in the honey bee Apis mellifera. Journal of Experimental Biology, 206, 1855-1865.


Feuerbacher, E. N. & Protopopova, A. (in press). Proximate causes of cognition. In M. Olmstead (ed.) Animal Cognition: Principles, Evolution, & Development. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.

Udell, M. A. R., Lord, K, Feuerbacher, E. N. & Wynne, C. D. L. (2014) A dog’s eye view of canine cognition. In A. Horowitz (ed.) Dog Behavior and Cognition – The Scientific Study of Canis familiaris.


Feuerbacher, E. N. & Gunter, L. (2015, September). Clever, prepared, & creative: Good science & dog training in the 21st century. The Chronicle of the Dog.

Feuerbacher, E. N. (2015, May) Less talk, more touch: What your dog is saying to you. Do You Believe in Dog. Retrieved from

Feuerbacher, E. N., & Gunter, L. (2015, January). Good science: Skinner’s functional relations and dog training. The Scoop.    PDF

Feuerbacher, E. N. (2010). The 2010 Presidential Scholar’s Essay.  Inside Behavior Analysis 2(2).  Retrieved from


Maddie's Fund (2017) (co-PI with Dr. Clive Wynne) Evaluation of temporary fostering programs on shelter dog welfare and future behavior in adoptive homes at four US animal shelters

WALTHAM Foundation Grant (2016) Effects of single- or pair-housing on the welfare of shelter dogs: Behavioral and physiological measures

Maddie’s Fund (2016) Evaluating the effects of a temporary fostering program on shelter dog welfare and prediction of future behavior in adoptive homes

Berberet Research Grant (with Dr. Leslie Angel) (2015) Longitudinal assessment of delay-discounting in dogs using a t-maze

Association of Professional Dog Trainers Foundation Grant (2013), An operant treatment approach for separation related problem behaviors in domestic dogs.