Dogs and studies of these amazing canids seem to be “in.” Clearly we’re learning a good deal about the cognitive, emotional, and moral lives of homed and free-ranging dogs from a wide variety of sources, some more credible than others.

Along with all sorts of media I encounter, I also receive queries about what all of these studies actually mean. The question in the title—”What Do All These Dog Studies Really Mean?”—came via email from a graduate student in canine studies. Felicity went on ask if I could make sense of a series of research essays published in the past 5-10 years, especially those that were concerned with studying “similar phenomena” but reporting different results.

She had recently read “The New Science of Our Ancient Bond With Dogs” and told me this piece got her to finally write to me. I’m very familiar with countless dog studies on captive and…

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