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Welcome to the only group on DeviantArt dedicated to the psychology of the domestic dog!
Founded 5 Years ago
Nov 19, 2012

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Hello DogPsychology members! :wave:

Over the past few months I have been reading and coming cross many books regarding the cognitive, psychological and overall behavioral minds of dogs. These are books that I feel are the most current in animal behavior's research on dogs, have ethical guidelines which I stand by, and one is even a textbook! Granted I have only read excerpts of some of these but from what I can tell, they are worth checking out. So I decided to share a few titles for those who are interested in learning more.

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See Smell and Know by Alexandra Horowitz…

How To Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication by Stanley Coren…

Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You A Better Friend to Your Pet by John Bradshaw…

Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition (Oxford Biology) by Ádám Miklósi…

The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia B. McConnell…

Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, Debra F. Horwitz DVM, John Ciribassi DVM and Steve Dale…

How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain by Gregory Berns…

Your Dog Is Your Mirror: The Emotional Capacity of Our Dogs and Ourselves by Kevin Behan…

Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words by Dr. John W. Pilley Jr. Ph.D and Hilary Hinzmann…

If you have any titles you would like to share, please leave a comment on this blog. :) We would love to hear of any other books regarding dogs and how they process the world.

Until next time, take care everyone!

Miss-Whoa-Back-Off, Founder
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#DogPsychology's Very Easy Rules and Guidelines

Welcome to DogPsychology

We are a group that hold a great interest for the realm of canine psychology. Whether one is a fan of Ivan Pavlov's theory of Classical Conditioning (i.e. Pavlov's Dogs), or just wonder and love the thought processes that go on in a dog's head, this is a group for you!

We at this group also support and encourage responsible ownership, responsible/ethical breeding, and to promote adoption through a rescue or shelter versus "backyard breeders" and pet stores.

In addition, this group does not condemn breeds commonly viewed in negative lights (i.e. Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, etc.). There will be no discrimination of any breeds, targeted or not. Instead, we promote better understanding of these breeds through education and awareness.

Ground Rules & Submission Guidelines

- All submissions must have a domestic dog as the main subject. While wolves and other wild canids provide a lot of insight in the behavior and overall psychological demeanor of the domestic dog, at this time, the group will only accept work with domestic dogs (as the group is dedicated to the psychology of solely the domestic dog). If there is enough request for adding wild canids, allowing work containing wild canids may become a possibility.

- All forms of art are welcome here; photography, literature, traditional art, digital art, etc.

- The submission limit will be 5 submissions a week.

- Submissions will be pending approval upon submission as to see if the submission fits one or more of the following guidelines listed in this description.

- Please do not submit works to the Featured folder. We would prefer that each submission goes in its proper folder to maintain organization in the group. If one has a submission that seems to not fit in any of the given categories, please send the group a note entailing the concerns surrounding where to submit. We will do our utmost best to help!

-Work pertaining to Pavlov's theory of Classical Conditioning, or other avenues that look at the psychology of dogs is welcome here. However, we also accept works that perhaps do not directly relate to the psychology of dogs (i.e. a photograph or a drawing of just a dog). So long as the member has an interest in how dogs behave, any canine submissions (aside from the exceptions listed below) are welcome!

The group would like to avoid a few of the following forms of canine art

- No anthros or furries please. There are plenty of great groups on DeviantArt that would love to have them though. The only exception may be in work similar to this In this case, it is in reference to the psychologist, Ivan Pavlov. Otherwise, no anthros or furries please.

- No copyrighted characters from media enterprises such as Disney, Universal Studios (meaning Balto), and mangas/animes such as Ginga and Wolf's Rain. The only exception to this rule: We will accept fan art from books such as Plague Dogs due to the psychology of the characters in the book. This rule may be subject to change in the future so stay posted.

- Since there is great debate over the use of animal testing (i.e. testing products in the works for humans on animals) We will not condone this sort of material. Let's stay as neutral as possible on that issue.

Other than that, these are essentially the rules of submission for the group. Now, if one is still interested in joining, here are the guidelines for joining and membership!

- Simply watch the group and click the join the group icon! We highly encourage members to either display the icon of the group in their journal (by doing the following without spaces : iconDogPsychology : ), or to enable the groups widget on their DeviantArt page. This way, the group can be advertised and more people may come across it and join.

DogPsychology & Affiliates

Want to affiliate? Great! Please submit your group's request of affiliation and we will review it. All affiliation requests will be reviewed before acceptance. Ideally, we would like affiliates who are revolved around dogs or psychology. However, we also welcome clubs that support the well-being and proper ownership of all domestic animals. So clubs dedicated to other domestic animals (cats, hermit crabs, geckos, ferrets, rabbits, other small mammals, fish, all of the previous listed, etc.) are also welcome to be affiliates. Groups that support the stop of animal abuse are also welcome to be affiliates as do groups that support animal welfare of all kinds. However, we will not affiliate with groups that condone pro-BSL, hate dogs, or in anyway not follow the rules and guidelines of this club will be denied affiliation.

This is a group where ALL dog psychology enthusiasts are welcome. So please, no harassment of other members and staff. One will be given one warning and a penalty (i.e. revoke of admin status) if even one comment is made by another member or staff member. Failure to do so will result in the automatic expulsion of that member/admin. I'm sorry, but I will not approve such behavior in this group. This is supposed to be a place where everyone should feel welcome and appreciated.

I do hope everyone enjoys their time here and I look forward to seeing all the wonderful submissions!

Your group founder and head administrator, Miss-Whoa-Back-Off






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Foxy-Poptart Featured By Owner 8 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
ArielKamikaze Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Student General Artist
I have a really dumb question. A long time ago when I was a kid, I saw the episode of Futurama where Fry's dog sat in the exact same spot for 12 years, until his death, waiting for his master to return to him but the dude was lost 2,000 years in the future. Upon seeing it I was very angry despite the fact that I knew none of it was real because there is no such thing as time travel. However, both of my dogs are rescues. One of them was a victim of neglect and the other on was born on the street of North Philadelphia and every so often I am haunted by that cartoon. My question is would a real dog actually sit in one spot until their death if their master suddenly vanished? 
Miss-Whoa-Back-Off Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for your question. Please do not feel that your question is a dumb one. It is a valid question which I hope to answer effectively.

I have only seen snippets of Futurama at best but I have heard of that episode. In regard to what is possible in reality, there are actually many cases where a dog will wait for an owner's return. One of the most heart-wrenching and commonly discussed cases surround the death of an owner. In some cases, the dog wasn't even around at the time of the death and is oblivious to the fact that his/her owner is never coming back. One of the most famous incidents of such an act was seen in Japan by an Akita named Hachiko (or Hachi). Born in 1923, Hachi was eventually adopted by his owner, a professor that worked in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo, one year after his birth. The two formed such an attachment over the one year they were in each others company, developing a routine of parting at the railway station during the day, and reconvening in the evening. Alas, one year after gaining Hachi as a companion, his owner suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died. Despite only being together for such a short amount of time, Hachi remained loyal and waited for his dead master at the railway station everyday for ten additional years before his own death.

As mentioned, this is probably the most sensationalized case and it's inspired the creation of several children's books, two feature films, and as recent as 2015, a bronze statue was created in honor of the loyal dog.

However, this is not the only case that has been documented. In more recent years there have been dozens of reports of dogs waiting for dead owners and they are observed all over the planet. From the frozen wastes of Siberia, to the warm tropics of Bolivia, many dogs wait for their dead owners to return; some at the time of documentation had been waiting five years already. Please let me know if you would like links to the articles and I would be happy to supply them.

As for the case portrayed in Futurama, that also has proven to have occurred before. Just as of March of this year, it has been reported that a dog in New Zealand has taken vigil at the spot where his owner had disappeared. Even after the owner's family had taken the dog into their home, the dog managed to escape and returned to the exact place the owner had vanished. 

In summation, yes; it is entirely possible for a dog to wait for its owner's return whether the person be deceased or simply missing. Truly, this is another way showing how remarkable dogs are and the lengths they are willing to go for their two legged partners. I certainly hope that this helped answer your question and if you would like more information or if you have any additional questions, feel free to ask! :)
ArielKamikaze Featured By Owner May 18, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you so much. These cases are so sad :( The attachment that dogs have to their owners and the devastation of loss goes deeper than it would for a human child. The case of Hachi just crushes my soul because it's so extreme. I really appreciate your thorough response :D  
Miss-Whoa-Back-Off Featured By Owner May 18, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I am glad to have helped answer your question. If there's anything else that I can do, please feel free to let me know.
AWKYWOLF99 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for accepting me!:)
Miss-Whoa-Back-Off Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! ^_^ Welcome to the group! :wave: We do hope you enjoy your time here.
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for the request! That was very nice of you!
Miss-Whoa-Back-Off Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're most welcome, my friend! :glomp:
DoxieCollie3 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for inviting me! I am going to love this group! (:
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