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So here's a challenge - in 2012 our site host (Yola) decided not to maintain blogging capability any  more.  So our old blogs are below but we couldn't add any new ones.  So we started a new blog at a different website.

The new blog "Ask Ms. Behaviour" is at Tumblr  http://dogfriendship.tumblr.com/) - the new posts show up here but look MUCH better on Tumblr...and you can subscribe to the blog by email so you get new entries delivered straight to your mailbox.  So just click the link and get the full-feature version.

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Re-tweet - New Yorker article on dog-human bond

Posted by Dog Friendship on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 Under: dog human bond
Found in a review of the year's best dog posts, this article from the New Yorker on a family's bond with their Havanese dog.  It seems strange that an intellectually curious writer, who has read many books on the origin of the species and recent dog best-sellers "Dog Sense" chooses a puppy mill dog for his daughter and then doesn't think to call the vet after the dog eats chocolate....and yet that in itself speaks to our strange relationship with our dogs, as also noted in this abstract on how people use dogs as "self-objects" - Brown, S. E. (2004). The human-animal bond and self psychology,  

One of our posters recently read "The Wolf in the Parlor" by Jon Franklin (2009) - an easy-reading book by a science journalist (a bit think on research as noted in Patricia McConnell’s review).  Jon had spoken to Dr. Stanley Olsen (1974 - origins of the Domestic Dog: The Fossil Record), checked in with Dr. Candace Pert (codiscoverer of the brain's opiate receptors) who noted that nature built us to make choices and we do - within the parameters that our bodies/nature allows and his basic premise after talking to several scientists was that dogs offer to add to humans experience of the world by having enhanced senses humans no longer possess, and more direct access to their emotions..  

 We're sure people have been speculating on the basis of this bond for a very long time - for example, Sartre (1967) reviewed the psychological desire of humans to have contact with animals; the evidence suggests this strong desire may be the result of changes in ontological security (knowing, without conscious awareness that the key areas of an individual’s life are stable and predictable.) 

Other trainers have suggested that eye contact is the the definition of a human-dog bond, with making and holding eye contact being an unique behavior that solidifies the bond between the species, while yet others suggest it is a response to the chemical scents of our bodies (see the "Research Links for Pros" page).  It will be interesting to see how this field develops in the next few years....and how love comes to be defined.

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So here's a challenge - our site host (Yola) has decided not to maintain blogging capability any  more.  So our old blogs are below and happy tagged and archived but we can't add any more.

 new blog "Ask Ms. Behaviour" is at Tumblr (posts still show up on this page, but are not tagged, and look MUCH better at http://dogfriendship.tumblr.com/). 

You can also see the same blog material if you're a WordPress user at: http://askmsbehaviour.wordpress.com/