Dogs have long been our companions, colleagues, and team members. Recent research has greatly expanded our knowledge about how dogs came to inhabit this important niche in our lives, along with how dogs think, communicate, and interact with each other and their humans. This speaker series focuses on recent advances in our understanding of cognition and communication in dogs, with an emphasis on dog-human interactions and coevolution.
“What a Difference a Dog Makes! Or Did Dogs Help Humans Survive in Ice Age Europe?” with Pat Shipman (Pennsylvania State University)
Thursday, Sept. 20, 4:30 p.m., Woodburn Hall 111
Dogs were the first species to be domesticated. Pleistocene wolves are generally agreed to be the ancestor of all domestic dogs, though wolves were a fierce predator competing with humans for prey. Why and how did a dangerous animal turn into the wag-tailed friend that inhabits our homes? What does "domestication" really mean?
“Behavior and Cognition in Dogs and Wolves,” with Clive Wynne (Arizona State University)
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 4:30 p.m., Fine Arts 015
“Comparative Cognition in Dogs and Humans,” with Angie Johnston (Yale University)
Thursday, Nov.1, 4:30 p.m., Hodge Hall 2083