For those who have an interest in further reading I would personally recommend the work of the following authors:
Current research concerns the evolutionary psychology of the pet-
Veterinarian, animal behaviourist, and dog trainer, Dr. Ian Dunbar received his veterinary degree and a Special Honours degree in Physiology & Biochemistry from the Royal Veterinary College (London University) plus a doctorate in animal behaviour from the Psychology Department at UC Berkeley, where he researched the development of social hierarchies and aggression in domestic dogs.
Karen Pryor is a pioneer in ethology and behaviour and the leading spokesperson for
clicker training. Karen is a scientist with an international reputation in two fields:
marine mammal biology and behavioural psychology. Through her work with dolphins
in the 1960s, she developed modern, force-
Though best known to the public for his series of best-
Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, (CAAB) has made
a lifelong commitment to improving the relationship between people and animals. She
is known worldwide as an expert on canine and feline behaviour and dog training,
and for her engaging and knowledgeable dog training books, DVDs and seminars. Patricia
has seen clients for serious behavioural problems since 1988, and is an Adjunct Professor
in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-
Dr. Brian Hare Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke UniversityDr. Brian Hare is associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University in North Carolina and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, which is a division of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, founded the Hominoid Psychology Research Group while at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and subsequently founded the Duke Canine Cognition Center when arriving at Duke University.
Dr. Sophia Yin, Animal Behaviorist Dr. Sophia Yin is a veterinarian, applied animal behaviourist, and the author of many books and textbooks. Her thesis and related publications were on vocal communication in dogs. Dr. Yin is also on the executive board for the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior and was on the American Association of Feline Practitioners’ (AAFP) Handling Guidelines Committee.
Turid Rugaas Turid Rugaas owns and run "Hagan Hundeskole" (dog school) in Norway and works with dogs full time. She started out training her own dog and competed in obedience and working dogs and worked with rescue dogs. She and a colleague started charting the calming signals in dogs and in 1992 went to Canada to the big Animals and US conference, met and got acquainted to a lot of dog trainers and several of them showed a lot of interest in the project with the calming signals.