Dogs Behave Jealously… in 1871

This chart appeared in “Mental Evolution in Animals” “Mental Evolution in Man”, both published in the 1880s; Romanes depicts the emotional and cognitive development starting with unicellular. On the left, at level 21, Romanes lists “Jealousy. Anger and Play.” On the right side, at level 28 we see “Anthropoid apes and dogs” at the same…

Are Women Animals?

I am slowly writing a post on animal pain or how we view pain in animals, not really sure yet. During my research I came across this lecture (audio / 40 min / 19 MB). by Joanna Bourke; I found the parallels in our historical attitudes toward animals and the “other”  (i.e. gender, race, economic classes)…

“First Stage of Cruelty” by William Hogarth

“First Stage of Cruelty”, cruelty to animals

Hogarth’s  The Four Stages of Cruelty (1751) depict, fictional protagonist Tom Nero as he progresses from cruelty to animals as a child, to cruelty to animals as an adult. While various Scenes of sportive Woe, The Infant Race employ, And tortur’d Victims bleeding shew, The Tyrant in the Boy. Behold! a Youth of gentler Heart, To…

"Waiting Dog" by Ogata Gekko 
Ca. 1900.

One Step Forward. One Step Back.

I was still basking in the afterglow of 3 days of solid canine science yet I knew the feeling couldn’t last. The world of dog training lives in two worlds. One world is populated by people who study and understand science, who use modern methods and apply ethical standards to their interactions with our non-human…