The psychology of dogs, cats and other companion animals, and their relationships with people.
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Maybe as smart as a four year old child?Photo: DragoNika / ShutterstockCanine researchers have been investigating dogs’ cognitive abilities: whether they can solve puzzles, recognize our emotions, and so on. But are ordinary people aware of these findings, and do they have a realistic view of dogs? A paper by Tiffani Howell (Monash University) et al investigates owner’s beliefs about their dog’s intelligence.The research, published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior,
Howell, T., Toukhsati, S., Conduit, R. & Bennett, P. (2013). The Perceptions of Dog Intelligence and Cognitive Skills (PoDIaCS) Survey, Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 8 (6) 418-424. DOI: 10.1016/j.jveb.2013.05.005
Can we speed up the process of re-homing shelter dogs by getting the dog out of the shelter and into the community?Photo: AdamEdwards / ShutterstockEvery year, many dogs find new homes through animal rescues and shelters, but some have a long wait and many are never re-homed. What if there was a way to free up shelter space and encourage people who would not visit the shelter to adopt? A new paper by Heather Mohan-Gibbons et al (2014) assesses the success of a scheme in which dogs were
Mohan-Gibbons, H., Weiss, E., Garrison, L. & Allison, M. (2014). Evaluation of a Novel Dog Adoption Program in Two US Communities, PLoS ONE, 9 (3) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0091959
What do animals mean to you and what role do they play in your life? These and related questions were recently asked of ordinary people by the Mass Observation Project in the UK, and the results, in a paper by Alison Sealey and Nickie Charles, are fascinating.Photo: pjmorley / ShutterstockSince 1937, the Mass Observation Projecthas been collecting information from ordinary people about life in Britain. Set up with the idea of creating “an anthropology of ourselves,” data
Sealey, A. & Charles, N. (2013). "What Do Animals Mean to You?": Naming and Relating to Nonhuman Animals, Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals, 26 (4) 485-503. DOI: 10.2752/175303713X13795775535652