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A Harvard study into how working dogs' brains have evolved for their function

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We hear a lot about breeding in working dogs. Yet we know little about their brains: 

  • How might a guide dog’s brain differ from that of a hunting hound?
  • Where does personality fit in with a working dog? 
  • Can a dog have ADHD? 

Kate Fairweather asks these questions and more of Sophie Barton of the Canine Brains Project, based in the Hecht Lab at Harvard University in Boston.

Sophie oversees the Working Breed Study at the Canine Brains Project. This is a non-invasive brain imaging study into selected working breeds. A major goal of this research is to benefit the working dog community by improving breeding and training practices.

Do you work your dog or dogs?

Get in touch with Kate via team@shineradio.uk if you have a dog that does an interesting job. She loves to hear about working dogs.

Also, if you have suggestions for guests for the podcast - either handlers or people who are working in an academic or training area in this field, please do get in touch!

© & ℗ Kate Fairweather, 2024

 

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