Duke Canine Cognition Center


The Duke Canine Cognition Center (DCCC) is dedicated to the study of dog psychology. Our goal is to understand the flexibility and limitations of dog cognition. In doing so, we gain a window into the mind of animals as well as the evolution of our own species. We can apply our knowledge of dog cognition to improving programs in which dogs are bred and trained to help humans (e.g., service dogs for the disabled).

The Duke Puppy Kindergarten is another area of research at our center. Each semester, we get a new group of 10-week-old puppies from the organization Canine Companions for Independence (https://www.cci.org/), which provides assistance dogs to people in need. When the puppies are on campus, anyone can come visit them in the subbasement of the Biological Sciences building (room 002A) on Duke's West Campus. Unfortunately, we were not able to welcome puppies onto campus this fall, and we are closed to visitors for the semester. We look forward to hopefully having a new group of puppies for the Spring 2021 semester!

We study dog cognition by inviting dog owners living in the vicinity of Duke University (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) to volunteer their pet dog(s) to play fun problem solving games where they can win treats (food or toys). The Duke Canine Cognition Center has the the highest acceptance rate and cheapest tuition at Duke! So join hundreds of others and sign up today so that your dog can help us gain an even better understanding of our very best friends.

Enroll Your Dog

Enroll your dog to participate in our studies at the Duke Canine Cognition Center by filling out our online Dog Registration Form.


The Hare Group runs both the Duke Canine Cognition Center and the Hominoid Psychology Research Group (3chimps).