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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

MONTHLY BRIEF | June 2021

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

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.

Misinformation 

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. 

Dog Aggression 

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

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When you do the math, behavior evaluations flunk

Article authors demonstrate why when a shelter dog tests positive for dangerous behavior, it is much more likely that the test has failed the dog, rather than the dog having failed the test.

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How to Use National Canine Research Council’s Website

National Canine Research Council’s website is complete with both familiar & new research and resources. Included in the change is an evolution into a canine behavior science and policy think tank.

The Telephone, Science, and Dogs
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The Telephone, Science, and Dogs

In the press and in the academic literature, a complex version of Telephone is played every day. If not diligently and knowledgeably researched, reports in the press and the scientific literature may distort messages contained in the underlying reports they are citing.