Animal behaviour and psychology experts from the University of Lincoln, UK, featured on the new Channel 4 series, Dogs: Their Secret Lives.
In the programme vet Mark Evans delves into what goes on in our dogs’ brains and how behavioural training and even canine pharmaceuticals are increasingly being used to help address problem behaviour in our pets.
Mark, the former Chief Vet at the RSPCA, visits the University of Lincoln to speak with clinical animal behaviour specialists Professor Daniel Mills and Helen Zulch; and Kerstin Meints, Professor in Developmental Psychology.
Mark spends time with Professor Meints, a child development expert in Lincoln’s School of Psychology, who works on applied research in human-animal interaction, especially dog bite prevention.
Professor Meints takes Mark through her current research on dogs’ body language which aims to reduce the risks of dog bites to young children. The study examined how children aged three to five and their parents interpret the signals dogs display when they feel threatened or distressed, and how they can be taught about dogs’ body language.
The episode focussing on aggression in dogs aired on Channel 4 at 8pm on Tuesday 26th August, 2014. It is available to view on catch up here.