Within the last few years, I've developed a growing fascination with animal behavior, particularly with canines. Consequently, last year I read the book “Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet” by anthrozoologist John Bradshaw. I remember thinking to myself, "What is an anthrozoologist?" and looked to Google. It was then I realized that my interest in understanding the human-animal bond was in fact an academic field of study!
I had just missed the deadline to apply, so I had to wait a whole year! And I'm so glad I did. I've come even further in my journey of learning how to deepen our bonds with our animal companions. I applied at the end of January and received this about two weeks ago!
It is a modified online format, so I will go to the campus in Buffalo for a few days at the beginning of each semester for a seminar but will be able to "attend" classes from the comfort of my home in Colorado.
So, you may be wondering, "What exactly is anthrozoology?"
Anthrozoology is the study of the relationship between humans and other species. Canisius describes their program beautifully:
"Major emphasis is given to an examination of science-based knowledge about our fellow living beings, cultural differences, the extraordinary relationships between people and companion animals, interactions with and attitudes toward wildlife, the roles of zoos and sanctuaries, policies and laws that permit instrumental and industrialized uses of nonhuman animals, and many related environmental and conservation issues."
I hope to graduate from the program with an even greater understanding of the human-animal bond and to share my knowledge with fellow pet lovers. I want to help animal guardians to better communicate with, understand and care for their companions.
I can't wait to share with you what I'm learning. Thank you for joining me in this adventure!
Owner of Heal to Howl.