Q: What do dogs need?
A: People, play and lots of opportunities to explore and learn.
Q: How can we better understand our dogs?
A: Dogs are sensory thinkers—they store information as pictures, sounds, smells. If you want to understand an animal, you have to get away from verbal language.
Q: Given all that we know about genetics, why choose a mixed-breed dog?
A: Mutts tend to be physically healthier, because traits like dysplasia tend to disappear after one or two generations. They’re also more likely to be emotionally stable.
Temple Grandin, PhD, teaches at Colorado State University and is the author of several books, including Animals in Translation and, most recently, Animals Make Us Human.
This article first appeared in The Bark,