Research

Broadly, my research focuses on factors that contribute to successful human-dog relationships. I am particularly interested in investigating factors that contribute to dogs being successfully adopted from animal shelters. My research also explores the benefits and costs associated with the dog-human relationship from the perspectives of both humans and dogs. My research interests also include dog-dog relationships. Specifically, I am interested in how dog-human relationships might be affected if more than one dog is living in the household.

My team’s research has been covered in various news articles and blog posts. I have included links to some of these below.

Canisius College. (2014, June 6). “Man’s best friend: What does ‘Fido’s’ behavior say about the relationship between you and your dog?.” ScienceDaily. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140606120403.htm

Companion Animal Psychology Blog. (2015, August 12). Proof the internet helps cat adoptions. Retrieved from http://www.companionanimalpsychology.com/2015/08/proof-internet-helps-cat-adoptions.html

Greenwood, A. (2015, December 10). Here’s what you need to know about ‘Black Dog Syndrome.’ Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/black-dog-syndrome-study_56698faae4b009377b23ef4b?5i0e8kt9.

Guarino, B. (2014, September 11). Why pit bulls aren’t what you think they are. Retrieved from https://www.thedodo.com/why-pit-bulls-arent-what-you-t-715865411.html.

Hoffman, C. L. (2014, May 4). Isn’t it a Pitty? USA & UK shelter worker differences in Pit Bull identification. Retrieved from http://doyoubelieveindog.blogspot.com/2014/05/isnt-it-pitty-usa-uk-shelter-worker.html#.U34-iNJdUeU

King, B. J. (2014, July 6). Tropical beach is no paradise for stray dogs. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2014/07/06/328209694/tropical-beach-is-no-paradise-for-stray-dogs

Todd, Z. (2015, August 12). Proof the internet helps cat adoption. Retrieved from http://www.companionanimalpsychology.com/2015/08/proof-internet-helps-cat-adoptions.html

Todd, Z. (2015, November 4). Large study finds no evidence for “Black Dog Syndrome.” Retrieved from http://www.companionanimalpsychology.com/2015/11/large-study-finds-no-evidence-for-black.html

Yin, S. (2014, March 18). Treat&Train® used in college classroom by animal behavior students. Retrieved from http://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/treattrain-used-in-college-classroom-by-animal-behavior-students