Visit our research library for evidence-based information that affect dogs and the people that care for them.
This paper presented three brief case reports involving children and animal bites.
This paper covers a small series of unique case studies.
DBRFs are extremely rare, and because research indicates that they are largely preventable and may disproportionately affect children, there has been a push to better understand the circumstances and variables that contribute to such incidents.
Here are our picks for a few things to think about this quarter 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
Companion Animal Welfare
Julie Falconer’s piece in Humane Pro, the Humane Society of the US’s publication, “Leap of Faith: what does it truly take to welcome adopters?” is an inspiring must-read. Falconer explores what it takes to learn to trust potential adopters, 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 seeking the comfort of an animal companion.
A recent Forbes article defended insurance rules that restrict access to homeowner’s insurance according to the reported breed of the clients’ family dogs. These rules discriminate against people of color and the less affluent among these companies’ customers. We expose the author’s use of cherry-picked data and blatant misinformation.
When Major Biden, the President’s dog, bit someone, it became viral news. Dog trainers and self-proclaimed behavior consultants jumped at the chance to share their fact-free, out of context opinions on the dog’s state of mind and what could have triggered the incident. These kinds of context-free opinion pieces from professionals is one of the most egregious forms of malpractice
This is a two-part study that investigated factors that might mediate “aggression,” “fear,” and “anxiety” on behavior evaluations of shelter and pet dogs.
To estimate the number of injurious and severely injurious dog bites in the U.S., the CDC analyzed data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-All Injury Program (NEISS-AIP).
This 2011 exploratory study used a large owner survey in an attempt to quantify behavioral commonalities among breeds and breed groups.
There has been much discussion lately explaining how denial of insurance coverage based on the breed of one’s family dog is a practice that discriminates against and unduly penalizes both less affluent customers and people of color.
Florida dog park opens, but dogs that act like dogs are prohibited
Our review has revealed no findings of breed based behavioral differences that successfully overcome all the difficulties presented by this question.
A 2019 article demonstrates that no canine behavior evaluation used for shelter dogs meets accepted scientific criteria that would justify routine use in shelters.
A 2018 study is beginning to unpack some of the genetic mysteries of the famous Russian farm fox experiment.