Animal behaviorist & author John Bradshaw

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John Bradshaw–Foundation Director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol, and a longtime academic and scientist specializing in animal welfare and behavior–discusses his new book, “Dog Sense: How The New Science Of Dog Behavior Can Make You A Better Friend To Your Pet,” and the reactions to it.

 

 

 

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John explains, drawing on research and studies–his own and that of many colleagues–how certain principles (dog as wolf, dog training emphasizing the “pack approach,” dominating the dog and physical punishment for behavior have proven ineffective and unsound. He also addresses the senses (beyond the keen sense of smell) and skills that dogs possess that were previously unknown or underappreciated. He also provides a technique to employ with dogs who are unhappy or worse at being left alone during the day, and more.

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MUSIC:Pokey LaFarge And The South City Three’s “Old Black Dog,” Kaiser Cartel’s “Dog Stars,” The Sun Societ’s “Octopus’s Garden,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Pink Floyd’s “Dogs”

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About the author
Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

4 Replies to Animal behaviorist & author John Bradshaw

  1. maria says:

    Hello — at one point in the Terry Gross interview you said feeding ferals was a faulty way to control their population and that they are dangerous to birds. It seemed you slightly changed that opinion in the middle of the interview. I want to give you my opinion on FERALS.
    These cats are abandoned and cannot fend for themselves. TNR (Trap, Neuter,Release) is a humane “program” that millions of caring people undertake to help these animals and the general public. They are trapped, fixed, and then returned to their home turf to be fed throughout the rest of their lives. This keeps the ferals from hunting birds, as opposed to his idea that feeding encourages them to hunt; that’s just not true. What would you do with ferals?? Would you trap and kill them? Studies show that TNR is the most effective and humane way to control feral populations. Please emphasize the GOOD work the volunteers do because we often encounter many uninformed people who are hostile because they don’t understand or they just don’t care about animals. We (as many groups around the world I’m sure) spend our own money and time on this and do it out of empathy. Thank you.

    • Duncan says:

      REPEATING MY REPLY TO YOUR OTHER COMMENT: Hello Maria…I think you may be a bit confused here: John Bradshaw was a past guest on “Talking Animals”–when his dog book was out–but has not been on again, since his new cat book was published. You heard him on “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross. So I’m afraid your comments intended for him aren’t going to reach him, or be read by him. You may want to try offering your comments on the “Fresh Air” web site. Thanks

  2. maria says:

    THANK YOU so much for your comments on De-clawing and for educating Terry Gross on the cruelty issue. Wow – some people are so clueless!

    • Duncan says:

      Hello Maria…I think you may be a bit confused here: John Bradshaw was a past guest on “Talking Animals”–when his dog book was out–but has not been on again, since his new cat book was published. You heard him on “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross. So I’m afraid your comments intended for him aren’t going to reach him, or be read by him. You may want to try offering your comments on the “Fresh Air” web site. Thanks

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