August 3, 2021

EP. 224 — How Can My Dogs Live Their Best Lives? with Dr. Sarah-Elizabeth Byosiere

We are in for a real treat this week as Dr. Sarah-Elizabeth Byosiere joins Jonathan for an episode all about dogs! How do dogs perceive colors and sounds? What are best practices for dog training? Is alpha behavior a real thing? And are Jonathan’s dogs Pablo and Elton on track to be best friends?!

Sarah-Elizabeth Byosiere, Ph.D., is the Director of the Thinking Dog Center and Assistant Professor at Hunter College (CUNY) where she focuses on studying the behavior and cognition of domestic dogs, and occasionally cats.

You can follow Dr. Byosiere on Twitter @SEByosiere, and follow the Thinking Dog Center on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @HunterTDC.

Want to learn more about dog behavior? Here are some recommended resources:

How to Choose a Dog Trainer

Guide to Cooperative Care

Companion Animal Psychology Blog

Bark Magazine

Fear Free Pets

Whole Dog Journal

The Other End of the Leash Blog

Pet Professional Guild

IAABC Foundation

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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Dr. Sarah-Elizabeth Byosiere JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Dr. Sarah-Elizabeth Byosiere, where I ask her: How can my dogs live their best lives? Welcome to Getting Curious, this is Jonathan Van Ness, I’m so excited I cannot handle my excitement for today, this is, like, a really relevant topic in my life. I’m burgeoning with curiosity. We have a literal doctor. And if you’ve been listening to Getting Curious for some time, you know that I freak out for, like, a doctor. I mean, I freak out for everybody, but really a doctor just takes me there. So welcome to the show. Dr. Sarah-Elizabeth Byosiere, who is the director of the Thinking Dog Center at Hunter College, where she focuses on studying the behavior and cognition of d

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