Annenberg PetSpace Leadership Institute releases e-book highlighting the human-dog relationship


This work strives to contribute to the current standard of understanding of human-animal interaction and recommends future directions for applied research.

The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace Leadership Institute has launched an e-book titled Our Canine Connection: The History, Benefits and Future of Human-Dog Interactions. This collection includes comprehensive articles covering the state of human-dog interactions and the future of this research.

According to the press release,1 various influential researchers in the field of human-animal interaction have contributed to this publication through their involvement with the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace Leadership Institute, including Mia Cobb, Alexandra Horowitz, Evan MacLean, Sandra McCune, Cindy Otto, James Serpell and Clive Wynne, and more.

“Our bond with dogs is undeniable. We’ve seen it underscored during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Sandra McCune, visiting professor at the University of Lincoln.

“From a surge in dog ownership to the use of working dogs to detect the COVID-19 virus, the benefits of the human-dog connection have taken center stage. This compilation is a timely review of our relationship with dogs and calls for further exploration of how we can improve the lives of humans and dogs. Equally important, various authors also encourage researchers to consider “both ends of the leash” when it comes to education, dog training and welfare.”

The collection looks at the origins of the human-dog relationship, the training and selection of working dogs, the positive impacts of working and companion dogs on human health, the welfare of working dogs and methods to improve domestic canine science research.1

“Deepening our understanding of the human-animal bond is central to our mission,” Gabrielle Amster, director of Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, said in the statement.1

“We are proud to support the interdisciplinary meeting of some of the best minds on the subject and to sponsor the publication of this e-book so that others can benefit from these important collaborations. This collection provides innovative insights into how humans and dogs can mutually benefit from our unique connection,” she added.

The papers were published individually from 2020 to 2021 following the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace Leadership Institute’s second convening in March 2020. The retreat offered interdisciplinary collaboration between renowned and emerging researchers, and the papers highlight critical topics regarding science canine discussed during this retreat.

The e-book is available for free download through the peer-reviewed journal, Frontiers in Veterinary Science.


Annenberg PetSpace Leadership Institute explores the history and future of the human-dog relationship on National Pet Day. Press release. Wallis Annenberg PetSpace. April 11, 2022. Accessed April 12, 2022. – relation-national-pet-day-301522997.html


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