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.
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.”
“‘Sometimes I read about someone saying with great authority that animals have no intentions and no feelings, and I wonder, ‘Doesn’t this guy have a dog?”’ – Frans De Waal, quoted in The New York Times June 26, 2001 Charles Darwin argued that emotions evolved in both humans and animals; and scientists who have studied animals since Darwin have come to recognize the complexity of an animal’s mental states. But what about the non-professional public? Do the rest of us … Continue reading “Study shows owners and non-owners recognize animal emotions”
All of us who love dogs – whether we live with them, raise them, provide professional services for them, or use them for a purpose – recognize the value they hold in our society. Yet the human-canine bond may be weakened by a disparate amount of resources and support available to human beings in under-served communities throughout the United States. A new “Pets for Life” (PFL) community outreach toolkit from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), made possible … Continue reading “HSUS “Pets for Life” toolkit: empowering pet owners in under-served areas and yielding significant results for animals in the creation of humane communities”
With the passing of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s voyage, a new focus has been put on the other passengers of the historic ship: pet dogs. While stories of dogs on the Titanic have been largely unheard until now, it is reported that at least twelve were brought on board, three of which survived the ship’s sinking. All of the surviving dogs were small enough to be brought alongside their owners in lifeboats, one of which was reportedly wrapped … Continue reading “One-hundred years ago, companion dogs were among the victims and survivors of the Titanic.”
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”
In an October 2011 essay in The New York Times, Kelly Oliver, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, observed that, “love and emotional dependence – most especially the love of animals – are still seen as too feminine, too lightweight, to be serious philosophical issues.” “Loving animals as friends and family is seen as quirky at best and at worst, crazy,” Professor Oliver wrote.[i] Whatever our contemporary cultural bias, there is archeological evidence that thousands of years ago, … Continue reading “Canine Companions in Life Honored in Death”