I am a behavioral scientist with a fascination for dogs and their wild relatives.  A psychology professor who directs the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University in Tempe, I am also the Director of Research at Wolf Park in Battle Ground, IN. Anyone can take a class with me through edX where I have a series on dog origins, behavior and cognition.
ABOUT

 

Find out more about the students and colleagues who make up the Canine Science Collaboratory, and help us in our work to understand Man's best friend, by volunteering your dog, helping in our research efforts as a student volunteer or a financial supporter.

BLOG

 

I blog, somewhat intermittently, for Psychology Today.

Arizona State Bulldogs
UPCOMING

My next public speaking engagement will be at Woof! 2017, Feb 10-12 in Nottingham, UK.  I am one of 15 speakers at what promises to be a fun event.

Canids I have known
Neil DeG Tyson, Pat Goodman & me
Neil DeG Tyson, Pat Goodman & me

With Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Pat Goodman, and a wolf at Wolf Park

press to zoom
Dire Wolf
Dire Wolf

A Dire Wolf skeleton at Utah Museum of Natural History

press to zoom
Giro
Giro

London tour guides point out this grave near the Royal Society as the "Nazi dog," presumably because of the date and the language.

press to zoom
Neil DeG Tyson, Pat Goodman & me
Neil DeG Tyson, Pat Goodman & me

With Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Pat Goodman, and a wolf at Wolf Park

press to zoom
1/16
CONTACT ME

Department of Psychology,
P. O. Box 871104
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ, 852810

Success! Message received.

 
LATEST NEWS

February 25, 2017

Me on Animals Today Radio

In this show, I talk about about training and dog behavior in shelters.

January 11, 2017

Do you babble to your bichon?

New Scientist asked me to explain a really cool paper which looked at why people talk "babyese" to their dogs.

January 08, 2017

New York Times quotes me explaining Xephos is an idiot

In an article on dog intelligence research, Jan Hoffman in the New York Times, quotes me saying, “I think ‘smarts’ is a red herring, what we really need in our dogs is affection. My own dog is an idiot, but she’s a lovable idiot.” Don't tell Xephos.

December 14, 2016

See you in San Fran

It's official. Even bigger - even better. The 2017 Canine Science Symposium will be at the SF SPCA March 11 and 12. Yours truly and at least 8 other speakers from around the country.

December 13, 2016

Is Canine Citizen Science always what it's cracked up to be?

Some citizen science is a wonderful way to expand the reach of science...

Please reload