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Enrichment centered on human interaction moderates fear-induced aggression and increases positive expectancy in fearful shelter dogs

To best understand this article in the context of behavior evaluations, see National Canine Research Council’s complete analysis here. Article citation: Willen, R. M., Schiml, P. A., & Hennessy, M. B. (2019). Enrichment centered on human interaction moderates fear-induced aggression and increases positive expectancy in fearful shelter dogs. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 217, 57-62. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2019.05.001 National Canine Research Council’s Summary and Analysis: Background One purpose of this study was to demonstrate that vulnerable subpopulations of dogs living in shelters

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Cynthia Bathurst


Here are our picks for a few things to think about this month when you find yourself in the mood to reflect on the amazing connections between people and animals and on policies and attitudes that can get in the way

  • If you’re one of the devoted people who works or volunteers in an organization that connects dogs who are between homes with new families, Julie Falconer’s piece, “Leap of Faith:  what does it truly take to welcome adopters?” is an inspiring must-read.  It’s in the current issue of Humane Pro, the publication of the Humane Society of the US.  Leap of faith | HumanePro by The Humane Society of the United States. Falconer explores what it takes to learn to trust the people embarking on the relationship adventure of adopting a pet, instead of confronting them with the suspicion and barriers that have long been a staple of the industry. It is particularly resonant during this pandemic when more people than ever are reaching out for the comfort of an animal companion. 
  • And speaking of barriers to relationships, a recent Forbes article defended insurance rules that restrict access to homeowner’s insurance according to the reported breed of the clients’ family dogs, rules that discriminate against people of color and the less affluent among these companies’ customers. [link] Take a look at our blog which explains how such rules have no hope of ever-decreasing insurance expenditures resulting from dog bite injuries because they are based entirely on false assertions.
  • And finally, have you been struck as we have, by the feckless willingness of dog professionals, and well, just about everybody, to hold forth about the mental and emotional state of a being with whom they have no personal acquaintance whatever and to make all sorts of recommendations about what should be done to or for him?  Yes, we mean the now-famous Major Biden. Stay tuned for a blog about how irresponsible such opining is, absent any real information whatever, and when coming from a self-proclaimed behavior consultant is one of the most egregious forms of malpractice.   

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