Developing a better working dog

Understanding canine cognition benefits working dogs, pet dogs, and those who care for them.

From pups to adults: These service dogs go through rigorous training from a young age. Cognition studies benefit all involved – from dogs to owners to companion animal veterinarians. Photo copyright credit: Canine Companions®

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Dogs enrich our lives in many ways. Working dogs, in particular, perform various tasks to assist humans. Guide dogs, service dogs, hearing dogs, and dogs that detect seizures, cancer, drugs, or explosives are some of the canines carefully bred and trained to lend their talents to improve our lives and keep us safe.

Extensive resources are invested to breed, raise, and train these dogs, but success rates from training programs are reportedly only 35-50 percent. Much...


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