Article in the Age about dogs

This article quotes various people that I know. They discuss the changing and controversial nature of our relationship with dogs. I have been reading about the Oxytocin theory of dogs. Our levels of this hormone go up when we pat dogs, or even make eye contact. This may have been how dogs were domesticated, and why we first bonded with them

On the other hand, let’s not romanticised the relationship too much. I am also reading about an 83 year old disabled woman being mauled to death by a dog.


About transformational1

I have many interests and I have had a varied career. I am a semi-retired professional dog trainer, specialising in the use of positive reinforcement. I do some consultations, I run instructor workshops and I am setting up a Dogs and Psychotherapy Research Project. I have a law degree from Melbourne University (but have never practiced) and I am passionate about Human Rights. My first degree was in Sociology. I worked as a social researcher on issues such as low income housing, women's refuges and women in the workforce. I live in an inner suburb of Melbourne, Australia, and I have a German Shepherd called Chance.
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