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Great Thinkers on Dogs


Otto: Dogs are smart and their brains need exercise as much as their bodies. People get that they need to take their dog for a walk, but they don’t always think about needing to exercise the dog’s brain.

McGreevy: Most dogs are better communicators than most people. They are our guides; if we want to master dogmanship, we need to know how to read them. Horowitz: The dog deserves a lot more attention and scrutiny by owners and researchers alike. Particularly, attention to what life is like for this animal who has so cooperatively waltzed into our homes. McConnell: As social animals, one of the things we share with dogs is the duality of wanting to be connected to a group and also wanting to be individuals who can pursue their own desires and wishes as best they can. I think the more we can see dogs in this light, the more respectful we will be of dogs— and they of us. I think we’d get along better, and we’d see fewer behavior problems.



This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 76: Winter 2013

Julie Hecht, MSc, is a canine behavioral researcher and science writer in New York City. She writes a behavior column for The Bark. She would really like to meet your dog. Follow on Dog Spies at Facebook and Twitter @DogSpies | DogSpies.com

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Submitted by Anonymous | January 15 2014 |

I'd like to add to the great thinkers list the following snippet of Dog genome sequence and analysis published in Nature [2] by Broad Institute Communications [1], December 7th, 2005:

An international research team led by scientists at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard […]

Similarities to humans
Dogs not only occupy a special place in human hearts, they also sit at a key branch point in the evolutionary tree relative to humans. By tracking evolution's genetic footprints through the dog, human and mouse genomes, the scientists found that humans share more of their ancestral DNA with dogs than with mice, confirming the utility of dog genetics for understanding human disease.

1. http://www.broadinstitute.org/news/253

2. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v438/n7069/full/nature04338.html

Submitted by Anonymous | February 5 2014 |

I'd like to share and continue on with another group of great thinkers!:)
January 16, 2014 -PLOS Genetics published a new research article on "Genome Sequencing Highlights the Dynamic Early History of Dogs" by Adam H. Freedman et al:

UC Hospitals reviewed the above mentioned article [1]. Here is an excerpt:
"Domestication apparently occurred with significant bottlenecks in the historical population sizes of both early dogs and wolves. Freedman and his colleagues were able to infer historical sizes of dog and wolf populations by analyzing genome-wide patterns of variation, and show that dogs suffered a 16-fold reduction in population size as they diverged from wolves. Wolves also experienced a sharp drop in population size soon after their divergence from dogs, implying that diversity among both animals' common ancestors was larger than represented by modern wolves."

1. http://www.uchospitals.edu/news/2014/20140116-domesticated-dogs.html

Submitted by Anonymous | February 13 2014 |

Celebrating Darwin Day with the greatest thinker of all time evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin when he wrote in The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, “Man himself cannot express love and humility by external signs, so plainly as does a dog, when with drooping ears, hanging lips, flexuous body, and wagging tail, he meets his beloved master.”

He definitely knew about a gleeful attitude in a dog. My sweet and healthy female hound dog that is a little over three years old fits the bill and loves her mommy (me). Anyone who takes on a two week old sick puppy becomes the official MOM!lol

A happy birthday anniversary to our dearly beloved Charles.

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