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Explore the science behind the dog in your bed

Dog-Eared Reading (June 2014)

I had one of those `woe is me' moments in September 2013, lamenting that on top of my personal dog-related To-Do lists there is so much dog-related reading to take in each month–much of it covering canine science research.

June 30, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Canine Science Summer Camp

I always loved summer camp — the forced rituals and the chaos and buzz of lots of people doing similar activities. Even though the age of summer camp is far behind me, I still find myself thrown into grown-up versions of “summer camp.” Earlier this year, I joined up with Academia Film Olomouc (Twitter, Facebook) [...]

June 29, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Is Dog Training Scientific?

Dog owners seem pleased when they meet me because they can talk about their dog with someone who is truly interested. Sometimes they share intricate descriptions about something interesting that their dog does (often followed with the question, "Why does she do that?"), and other times, owners have a question like, "How do I get [...]

June 22, 2014 — Julie Hecht
Being Man’s Best Friend’s Best Friend

Being Man’s Best Friend’s Best Friend

Let's pretend you and I meet at a `Spring is finally here!' potluck in the park. You: Hi! Me: Hi! After exchanging niceties about your horrible subway ride (mine wasn’t so bad), you mention you work in (fill in the blank), and we chat about how crazy (fill in the blank) has become.

May 29, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Don't Sell Your Dog Short

In 1996, veteran dog trainer Jean Donaldson picked a fight with Walt Disney. Donaldson begins her book Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Dogs by explaining that people continue to buy into a made-up, Walt Disney version of dogs.

April 23, 2014 — Julie Hecht

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