Dog psychology explained

One of the greatest things about Bedales is the variety of speakers. At a recent Jaw, Dr Juliane Kaminski from the Dog Cognition Centre at the University of Portsmouth presented her research on dog psychology. She explained the different experiments she had carried out, proving that dogs are more aware of their surroundings than apes and chimpanzees. Juliane described how dogs respond to different objects and hand gestures, and that one particular dog can recognise over 1000 different objects on command. Her experiments verified that the relationship between dogs and their owners is extremely unique, but perhaps the most surprising fact was that dogs have been domesticated for 30,000 years with findings of humans buried hugging their beloved canines. The question however of whether our ‘best friends’ are truly loyal to us out of love or if they are more selfish and always looking for a reward is yet to be answered.

By Megan Harley (Block 4), Winnie Hall (Block 5) and Freya Deane (6.2)


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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