Instructor: Shaffer, Julie
Recently there has been a spate of books on dogs – Marley and Me, for instance – on how even fairly dysfunctional dogs change people’s lives. In this class, we will explore the important role dogs play in our lives. We will consider, among other things, how dogs became domesticated – their origin – and the role they played when first domesticated. We will explore the many ways that dogs work for humans, whether as working (herding) and sporting dogs, as aides for those with disabilities, as participants in search and rescue, or simply as companions. Research topics might include extended examination of the topics listed above, exploration of specific breeds or problems based in developing breeds, or even attention to other animals who work similarly with humans.
(please note: section topics and descriptions are subject to change)