In this Open Academy panel, "Human relationships with dogs, from the home front to the wild side," contrasting attitudes towards domestic dogs and coyotes will be discussed. A well-known expert on coyote (and canid) behaviour, Dr. Marc Bekoff, will be invited to lead a panel that addresses the emotional lives of canids as well as the character of human-canid relationships. Audience members will have access to recent scientific findings about canid behavior, as well as social science perspectives about the importance of dogs in human family life and an artist’s account of representing a dog’s perspective. This panel will offer an opportunity to inform the public about current local issues concerning dogs, including the situation of the Cape Breton coyotes, the situation for companion dogs in contexts of domestic abuse and family breakdown in Nova Scotia, and new initiatives in Halifax that employ dogs in scientific and social contexts (e.g., the puppy room program for stressed out students at Dalhousie University). The Open Academy will take place at the Just Us Coffee Shop, in Halifax.
- Dr. Marck Bekoff, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado
- Dr. Matthew Reichertz, Associate Professor, NSCAD University
- Dr. Cassandra Hanrahan, School of Social Work, Faculty of Health Professions, Dalhousie University
- Dr. Simon Gadbois, Canid Behaviour Research Team, Dalhousie University