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Wed Sep 25, 2019, 06:28 PM

What makes dogs so special and successful? Love.

Source: Washington Post

What makes dogs so special and successful? Love.

By Karin Brulliard
September 25, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. EDT

Research on dogs has exploded in recent decades. Universities have opened canine cognition labs, and scientists have probed dogs’ intelligence, behavior, biology and skills.

Clive Wynne, a psychologist and founder of the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University, has a new book that walks readers through the growing body of dog science. In it, he argues that what makes dogs remarkable is not their smarts, but their capacity to form affectionate relationships with other species — in short, to love.

Wynne spoke recently with The Washington Post about his book, “Dog Is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You.” This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

The Washington Post: Many dog owners will think, “Of course my dog loves me.” Why study this?

Wynne: It’s at least worth thinking about that what on the surface appears to be something in our dogs that people are happy to call love might — might — not have deserved that name. It could have been that our dogs were in some sense just faking it to get better treats. Ultimately, this is, to me, about trying to understand the secret of dogs’ success and what makes dogs unique.


Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/09/25/what-makes-dogs-so-special-successful-love/

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Wed Sep 25, 2019, 06:44 PM

1. I remember a quote

dogs are the only animal on earth born with a love of humans in its DNA

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