The Human-Canine Partnership

The Human-Canine Partnership: A Template for Evolutionary Success Through Cooperation   Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further. Cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off. – Franklin D. Roosevelt The long-held but changing perception is that people, in a […]


Dogs and Color Categorization: An Exploration

DOGS & COLOR CATEGORIZATION Are dogs able to recognize that two items belong in the same category based solely on the sameness of their color? Chaser the Border collie, now famously known as the smartest dog in the world, has achieved “academic” heights previously presumed out of reach of the canine mind. Not only was […]


The Landscape Within

After a brutally, impossibly hot summer in Bakersfield, the relief of autumn has finally settled in. I could not be more grateful for this, as exercising outdoors during summertime in Bakersfield is probably a lot like dancing in an aluminum suit across the surface of the sun, wearing a hat made of fire. With the […]


A Whisper To A Scream

Liz R. Kover Professor Amy Cook LIF 580 August 15th, 2014 A Whisper To A Scream: Contradictions and Curiosities in the War Against Cesar Millan “All the scientist creates in a fact is the language in which he enunciates it.” – Henri Poincare Any positive reinforcement trainer will tell you that ‘you kill more bees […]


A Dog’s Life…A Life’s Work

When one thinks of a dog’s life, one typically envisions a mutt stretched out in a sunny spot on the living room floor taking an afternoon nap; a happy-go-lucky puppy with her tongue hanging out as she enjoys the wind in her face on a car ride; a bounding buddy happily chasing a ball. These […]