Comments on MUTTerings With Nikki Moustaki: What Do Dogs Know?

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Leslie - 233329   Lakeside, AZ

1/28/2013 9:04:03 AM

Very interesting article. The book was great. thanks

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Lori - 229992   Soldotna, AK

7/9/2012 8:45:34 AM

Very interesting. I have been wondering this question for many years too!

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

5/14/2012 10:31:12 PM

My first dog had only my happiness on her mind. My current dog thinks mostly of her own happiness. However, I know that I am a part of her happiness and she loves me despite my failings. And she's quick to point those out too! But, I don't think any dog in a good human relationship would ever wanted to be parted from his human. And vice versa.

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Jacqueline   Fort Myers, FL

5/14/2012 9:55:02 PM

Considering the number of dogs who have willingly given their own lives to save their owners, I would say, YES, they can and do love their owners. I have four dachshunds, and they all come to me to give me comfort when I am ill. That would have little to do with their survival instinct.


You doubt that dogs love us? Just watch when a kid and a dog nap together. That's not survival, that's
love.

BTW, who put the code in for Dwayne? I know he couldn't have done it himself.

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dwayne   dont matter none, LA

5/14/2012 9:55:15 AM

Yall shud hire that gal to righte 4 u. I seen other thingss n shes more better yhen ur righters!

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Kiley Rae   Omaha, NE

5/14/2012 9:19:27 AM

Knowing the way the clicker method works (by releasing dopamine in the doggie cranium), one could extend that using the same marker word (like "Good!" or "Yes!") would likely have similar
results.
Speaking from a merely scientific point of view, I wish this article would have covered canine "happy" neurotransmitters (like dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, etc.). better and in depth. For example, the hormone testosterone is seen all through out the entire mammal scope, & even in invertebrates such as tiny fish. Testosterone is easily measured by a simple saliva "spit tube donation" laboratory
vial.
I wonder if such a simple test could be performed on a small number of dogs & their owners at different intervals regarding dog/owner various interactions. Further, a control group could be established with dogs in rescue currently or have not gotten to know their family well
yet.
Could this prove if your dog does, indeed, "love" you? Highly unlikely, but further study could demonstrate reliable & "strong" "emotional" bonds to owners/pack members. This could provide for better training methods as we learn more about "dog brain," understand it beyond what we do now, improve safety with new knowledge, & who knows, maybe even (biochemically) "sort of" point a likely finger to the dog's favorite family member (while simultaneously putting a huge target on her, too!)

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Alicia   Hollister, CA

5/14/2012 5:11:17 AM

Interesting questions

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