Dogs Unknown

Glorified Cattle?

May 22, 2023 Brian Burton and Sarah Fraser Season 3 Episode 8
Dogs Unknown
Glorified Cattle?
Show Notes

We often state that dogs are family, but are they? We navigate a frank, sometimes uncomfortable discussion about the strange dual role of pet dogs, simultaneously cast as family members and captive animals.

We discuss:
- Do you consider your own dogs to be family members?
- Do dogs have family responsibilities?
- What are the benefits to dogs of viewing them as family members?
- What are the downsides to calling dogs family members, and are we doing dogs a disservice by calling them this?
- Are there alternate ways of viewing our relationship with dogs that feel more appropriate?

- Jessica Schulte CDBC, CPDT-KA is the Director of Behavior & Training at INSTINCT East Harlem in NYC.

- Lauren Spratlin CPDT-KA, is a Certified Trainer at INSTINCT Nashville.

Hosts Brian Burton and Sarah Fraser are Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of INSTINCT Dog Behavior & Training. Both are Certified Dog Behavior Consultants and have Master's degrees in Animal Behavior from Hunter College/CUNY.

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