84% of DNA for example…
I know I risk being accused of anthropomorphising dogs. The thing is, many trainers are scared of expressing their belief that dogs have emotions. We have a lot of evidence they do, so science does back us up ( Marc Bekoff , Coren-you can’t read all his books online, but there are lots of free articles, Á. Miklósi, Kis + Topal and, of course Darwin, who was not as wrong as we previously thought…)
I know some links are to an extract of the book, not the book itself, but the poor researchers have to eat, so feel free to buy the book. Nope, I’m not affiliated 🙂
Dogs are not like three-year-old children because they are not humans. You will never hear me using this (as common as it is wrong) expression because I wouldn’t feel comfortable oversimplifying facts to that degree . Which doesn’t mean we can’t describe certain emotions in human terms and use tests we use for human babies.
Dogs are not wolves, either-yet people feel more comfortable comparing these two.
Funny how truth becomes less important than peer pressure. Even funnier: in ten years we’ll be ashamed to admit we supported views not based on the research that is now ‘new’.
I’m old enough to have seen it before…