Of Mice and Dogs: Their Personalities May Be Up To Us

Posted on June 17, 2013March 18, 2021Categories News, Research & Publications   Leave a comment on Of Mice and Dogs: Their Personalities May Be Up To Us

Most of us easily acknowledge the likelihood that specific behaviors can be influenced by learning, in ourselves and in other species, including the one closest to us, our companion dogs.  We can learn to tie our shoes, and our dogs can learn to walk next to us. We can even learn rules of etiquette and our dogs can learn to greet people without jumping up. But we also identify ourselves as having overarching traits, as having a fixed personality that … Continue reading “Of Mice and Dogs: Their Personalities May Be Up To Us”

NCRC Video Interview with Janis Bradley

Posted on April 10, 2013March 18, 2021Categories UncategorizedTags ,   Leave a comment on NCRC Video Interview with Janis Bradley

Janis Bradley, veteran dog trainer and author of the NCRC Vision Series publication, ‘The Relevance of Breed in Selecting a Companion Dog,’ discusses whether breed is a useful indicator of the suitability of a companion dog. Click to view other NCRC Video interviews. 

Study underscores that we can only learn what dogs are capable of from capable dogs.

Posted on January 29, 2013March 18, 2021Categories Research & Publications   Leave a comment on Study underscores that we can only learn what dogs are capable of from capable dogs.

The human community has changed dramatically in the modern era.  Both dogs and people are continually adjusting to new phenomena (trains, cars, streets teeming with other people and other dogs, to name a few) and new expectations that arise from our living in closer proximity to each other. It’s challenging enough for people. How do the dogs do it? New expectations for dogs – and for people – have arisen from our living in closer proximity to each other in … Continue reading “Study underscores that we can only learn what dogs are capable of from capable dogs.”

The quality of a dog’s relationship to humans is a crucial determinant of social behavior

Posted on March 28, 2012March 18, 2021Categories Research & Publications   Leave a comment on The quality of a dog’s relationship to humans is a crucial determinant of social behavior

Note: This blog was originally written in 2012, the below document was updated in 2016 to reflect the most recent research.   For almost 2 decades, The Family Dog Project has been at the forefront of research demonstrating that dogs have a special ability that few other animals possess: to notice and respond to social signals from humans. Jozsef Topál and his colleagues have discovered that this canine ability to connect with humans is enhanced, if not determined, by the … Continue reading “The quality of a dog’s relationship to humans is a crucial determinant of social behavior”