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ALEXANDRA HOROWITZ | Giving Your Dog the Freedom to Make Choices

Updated: Aug 18, 2020

#1 NY Times Bestseller, Dr. Alexandra Horowitz discusses the power of allowing dogs to make choices. She also shares her lab's recent findings on the impact nose work has on a dog's anxiety and reactivity levels, plus Rodney & Dr. Becker weigh in on the heated debate of being a pet parent vs pet owner.


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Dr Alexandra Horowitz sits down with Rodney Habib & Dr Karen Becker to mind-jam about giving dogs more opportunities to explore, providing enrichment, offering choices, and allowing a dog to simply enjoy being a dog. They also discuss the Parent vs Owner debate, and, the importance of puppy training and socialization, even in the restricted times of COVID-19.

Dr Alexandra Horowitz is a New York Times Bestselling author, professor and researcher at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she teaches seminars in canine cognition, creative nonfiction writing, audio storytelling, and heads up the Dog Cognition Lab. The main focus of her work is on the mind of a dog and what it is like to be a dog.


In this episode:

Alexandra'a observational research on choice for our dogs (0:33)

Do you give your dog enough choice while out on a walk? (2:15)

Giving more thought to allow our dogs a nose Sniffari (6:02)

Nose work is enrichment and mental exercise (8:22)

Using home time to practice nose work and alleviate behaviors and stress (10:24)

Pet Owner vs Pet Guardian vs Pet Parent (15:33)

Getting a puppy during Covid and socialization practices (24:55)

Misbehavior or misunderstanding? (31:20)

Alexandra's latest work (33:40)

Connect with Dr. Horowitz:


The Dog Cognition Lab

Barnard College

Horowitz Dog Cognition Lab on Facebook

Dr. Horowitz: Twitter

Dog Cognition Lab: Twitter


Mentioned in this episode:

Globe and Mail Article: When it comes to dogs, we shouldn't call ourselves 'owners'

How Do Dogs See With Their Noses (TED-ED)

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