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.
Patricia B. McConnell, PhD, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, and author of The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs
Alexandra Horowitz, PhD, Associate Professor, Barnard College, and author of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
Cindy Otto, DVM, PhD, Executive Director, Penn Vet Working Dog Center
Paul McGreevy, BVSc, PhD, Professor of Animal Behaviour and Welfare Science, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, and author of A Modern Dog’s Life: How to Do the Best for Your Dog
John Bradshaw, PhD, Visiting Fellow, University of Bristol, and author of Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet
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