Live debate on understanding emotions in dogs

Daniel Mills, Professor of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine, is taking part in a live online debate on measuring and interpreting emotions in dogs.

Professor Mills, will be joined by Linda Keeling, Professor of Animal Welfare at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, for the debate on Sentience Mosaic at 2pm on 6th November.

Sentience Mosaic is part of Animal Mosaic – the largest online community of people working to protect animals around the world.

Humans and dogs share a long history; dogs are considered the first animals to be domesticated. It is believed that humans and domestic dogs have co-habited for more than 10,000 years.

In recent years, research has shown that dogs have similar brain mechanisms to humans when processing social information, particularly emotive sounds such as a baby crying.

Other research has demonstrated that dogs have evolved to read and understand human facial expressions.

Many owners believe that they can tell how their dog is feeling, but sometimes this is inaccurate.

Professor Mills and Professor Keeling will share their expertise in measuring emotional responses in dogs.

Once the discussion starts people can post their questions/comments here or questions can be sent in advance, to sentience@worldanimalprotection.org