'Ask the Dog Guy' with John Wade

Embracing Science and Common Sense

No Evidence For Detrimental Effect Of Chemical Castration On Working Ability In Swiss Military Dogs

– Posted in: Article, Dogs and Science, Newsletters, Scent Detection, Service Dogs, Working Dogs

Type: Paper Personal Comment: This is the first study of castration effects on the working ability of dogs. ABSTRACT Hormones influence the social behaviour of dogs. Castration of male dogs induces a reduction of testosterone and has been shown to affect social behaviours associated with aggression and reproduction. Changes in social behaviour could be critical [...]

The Physiological Function Of Oxytocin In Humans And Its Acute Response To Human-Dog Interactions: A Review Of The Literature

– Posted in: Dogs and Science, Literature Review, Relationships

Type: Literature Review Personal Comment: Ever wonder why you love dogs so much? Journal Name Journal of Veterinary Behavior Paper Title The physiological function of oxytocin in humans and its acute response to human-dog interactions: a review of the literature ABSTRACT Oxytocin is increasingly recognized to have a role in human-dog bonding and interactions, and [...]

Dogs detect malaria by sniffing socks worn by African children

– Posted in: Article, Dogs and Science, Scent Detection

Freya Malaria Sniffing Dog Type: Article Personal Comment: For those interested in scent detection dogs. Dogs Detect Malaria By Sniffing Socks Worn By African Children As the global battle against malaria stalls, scientists may be adding a novel tool to the fight: sniffer dogs. In recent tests trained sniffer dogs successfully diagnosed malaria infections simply [...]

Is The Problem Companion Dog Owners or Companion Dog Trainers?

– Posted in: ‘All Positive/Purely Positive/Force-Free . . . (Treats, Treats, Treats)’, All Positive AKA Force Free Dog Training, Clicker Training, Companion Dog Training, Dog Trainers, Fully Balanced Companion Dog Training, Might is Right Dog Training, Partially Balanced, Trainers and Training, ‘Might Is Right’
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I won’t here as it’s a seminar level presentation rather than a casual blog post but I can make a reasonable, strong and scientifically supported argument that very little that currently passes for ‘learning theory’ in companion dog training is based on canine or human behavior in the context of how any higher order social [...]

Another Dumb Idea To Keep Children From Being Bitten By Dogs

– Posted in: Aggression, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Dogs and Children, Newsletters, Towards Children, Trainers and Training

WARNING – Long A virtual dog could soon be used as an educational tool to help prevent dog bites, thanks to an innovative project led by the University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) – University of Liverpool. “Meet the virtual pooch that could help prevent dog bites.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 August 2018. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180825081739.htm. Here’s why [...]