My main interest in research is Canine Behavior, more precisely Dog Cognition.

Charlotte Duranton studying dog-human interactions
Studying dog-human interactions. See e.g. Duranton  & Gaunet 2015,2016, and Duranton et al., 2016

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.


Future research: I am building a project to start at the end of 2019 (from September) on free-ranging dogs. I am looking for a European (not French) University to be affiliated to. If you are interested to take part into the project, please contact me.

Current research:

Effect of scent search game on dogs-humans interactions (behavioural synchronization) and on dogs’ behavioural reaction in various context, under the supervision of Dr. Alexandra Horowitz, Barnard College, New York, USA.

Behavioural synchronisation in groups of dogs free to interact.

Physiological mechanisms underlying behavioural synchronisation (several studies planned for 2019-2020)

Past research:

I studied for 3 years 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.

Gaze following in dogs
Studying gaze following in dogs. See Duranton et al. 2017

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).

Problem solving task
Studying dogs’ reactions in a problem-solving task. 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.

I am also interested in dog-dog interaction, and will be please to mentor any students who is interested in such a topic.