Month: March 2021

The Emotional Canine

In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses:

  • The blue ribbon emotions and how they show in canines. 
  • Managing frustration in training. 
  • Recognizing human interpretation of intentionality in relation to canine behaviors.
  • The physical, mental, and emotional health of dogs. 


Key Takeaways:

  • Dogs have brain structures that produce emotions. In other words, those brain structures are similar to the emotion-producing brain structures in humans.
  • In both children and in puppies, rough and tumble play is vitally important to learning social skills, boundaries, and limits. 
  • Human beings are going to have a wider, richer, deeper range of emotions than pets. We cannot attribute human intention to a dog’s behavior. The simplest answer is usually the correct one when looking at canine behavior. 
  • As trainers and pet owners, we need to examine the net stress of the dog overall and ask ourselves if we are hitting all of the important parts of that dog’s life.


“At the end of the day, we have to understand that dogs are emotional beings, they want to be forward-looking.” —  Jerry Bradshaw


Get Jerry’s book Controlled Aggression on



Panksepp, Jaak (1998).  Affective Neuroscience.

Grandin, Temple. (2005). Animals in Translation.

Kujala, Miiamaaria. Canine Emotions as Seen Through Human Social Cognition. Animal Sentience 2017.013.

Coren, Stanley. Do Dogs Have the Same Emotions People Do? Canadian Dogs, August 31, 2018.

Makin, Chad. The Layered Stress Model of Reactivity. (various internet descriptions).

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Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie


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