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Is social intelligence genetically hardwired in dogs?

Science Magazine talks to Dr. Evan MacLean about research at Canine Companions for Independence that is revealing the influence of genetics on puppies' social intelligence. These adorable puppies may help explain why dogs understand our body language

The Functional Breeding Podcast

The Functional Breeding Podcast interviews Dr. Emily Bray to talk about her research on the effects of different styles of maternal care on the adult personalities of dogs. The Functional Breeding Podcast

Can Wolves Play Fetch?

NPR and Science Magazine interview Evan after study conducted at Stockholm University show some wolf pups chase and retrieve a ball thrown by the experimenter. NPR: “Fetching With Wolves: What It Means That A Wolf Puppy Will Retrieve A Ball” Science: “Watch wolf puppies stun scientists by playing fetch”

Dog DNA

Dr. MacLean comments on the genetic basis for some personality traits that may influence dog behavior. This is evidence that dog breeds really do have distinct personalities, as this article in Science Magazine summarizes.

A Different Perspective On Brains

"How Human Smarts Evolved". In this article from the Atlantic, Dr. MacLean is quoted talking about a new way to look at brain size and how it relates to intelligence.