All Kinds of News for February 06, 2019
According to Jeanna Osborn, Calo Programs Canine Therapy Director, the world of canine therapy research is taking off. As an example, she points to Yale University who recently opened a Canine Cognition Center to study how canines think, perceive, solve problems and make decisions. Osborn explains; “One of the goals of the center is to better understand how canines think about the world so the center can advise canine professionals how to better utilize canines in a therapeutic setting.” Interestingly, the Canine Cognition Center is researching what Calo Programs canine teams have long known: that dogs feel empathy and other human emotions. Because Ms. Osborn is always interested in canine research, to enhance Calo’s canine therapy program, this initiative is timely. In an article in the Journal of Learning and Behavior, scientists report, “It’s not just your imagination when your dog cuddles you when you’re crying in bed. They do seem to care about how we’re feeling.”
Ms. Osborn went on say, “We experience canine empathy regularly. For example, canine therapy team member Jess recently noticed that canine Teddy has a very different response and relationship with a specific student that is on the spectrum. Teddy has many students that seek out a relationship with him. This would make gravitating towards them an easy choice for social contact. What’s different is that Teddy sees this student and gravitates to him, even though the student doesn’t share the same enthusiasm. This seems to be more than a sympathy response; he seems to intuitively know there is a need that he can help fill. Teddy gently persists in pursuit of a connection and relationship with the student as evidenced by his approach and softer demeanor, sitting on his feet, leaning into his legs and nudging his hand. This looks and feels more like empathy than sympathy or a desire for social contact”.
Just like people, some dogs respond with more empathy than others. Some dogs even “catch” human yawns according to Christine Dell’Amore of the National Geographic. Osborn followed up to say, “There are so many of us who are charmed by these amazing beings. There’s no doubt the canine connection movement will continue to grow and gain momentum throughout the therapeutic world”.
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