Back to school: lifelong learning opportunities for you and your dog



While kids everywhere are going back to school, Dognition has a ton of educational opportunities for you and the other bright minds in your house.

coursera The free online class from Coursera, Dog Emotion and Cognition, will introduce you to the exciting new study of dog psychology, what the latest discoveries tell us about how dogs think and feel about us, and how we can use this new knowledge to strengthen our relationship with our best friends. If you’d like to get a certificate, there is a fee. The course runs every 6 weeks.


Dognition’s Dr. Brian Hare joined Reddit’s Ask Science ‘Ask Me Anything’ on June 30, 2016. You can read through the Q&A and learn more about the inner workings of your dog’s brain, how they see the world, and the cognitive skills that influence your dog’s personality and behavior.


The DogSmarts podcast, hosted by Dr. Brian Hare, explores a dog’s brain through the lens of human cognition. Through stories and interviews, he tackles questions about memory, word learning, navigation, nutrition, and love in six podcast episodes. Available on iTunes and Google Play.

“DogSmarts” is sponsored by Purina® Pro Plan® BRIGHT MIND®, a breakthrough in pet nutrition created to nourish a dog’s mind. Discover more at

plos-one1 ‘Citizen Science as a New Tool in Dog Cognition Research”

This research paper evaluates the quality of the first data on dog cognition collected by citizen scientists using the website.  This analysis suggests that in the future, citizen scientists will generate useful datasets that test hypotheses and answer questions as a complement to conventional laboratory techniques used to study dog psychology.


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