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  • Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D.
    Slobodchikoff is President and CEO of Animal Communications, Ltd., specializing in pet behavior problems and in educating people about the behavior of animals.
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    London is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Pet Dog Trainer who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavioral problems in the domestic dog.

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October 26, 2008

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Keith Baker

"I'd suggest that we owners, in turn, don't truly treat dogs as theorists of mind: we wouldn't dream of leaving a three-year-old alone with little to do for hours on end, the way we do our dogs; we ignore them when we're busy with other people or with work; we do nearly nothing to advance their intellect."

I would disagree with this comment. I would judge humans have a very good understanding of the development potential of dogs. Clearly Dogs mature very rapidly compared to humans and have little inherent potential to develop a higher understanding of social interaction when mature. Most likely we have been breeding them that way for many thousands of years. A process that to a degree reversed in the German Shephard in the 19th cent. Yet that was demand of humans for utility dogs to be used in combat.

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