This show goes into detail about the practice of labeling the suspected breed of dogs by visual inspection, and other factors that can shape how we think about dogs’ personalities.
First up was Victoria Voith, Professor at Western University of Health Sciences. Voith’s research concerns the limitations in labeling of dog breeds and the consequences of applying these labels which are often incorrect.
Then, Diane Summers, Program Manager of the Communications Team at Orange County (Florida) Animal Services appeared. Orange County Animal Services took the bold step of removing breed labels of dogs housed in the shelter, in concert with other operational changes. The result was increased rates of adoption and shorter stays for dogs. It’s a great story, and shelters around the country are taking note.
To conclude the show, researcher and PhD candidate Lisa Gunter joined Lori to review a few of her fascinating studies on breed labels and how our perceptions about the characteristics of individual dogs can be influenced by many factors.
There is great interest and new exciting research about the limitations of visual breed identification and how mislabeling can be a detriment to adoptions, as well as the factors that form our perceptions about the behavior and temperament of dogs. This knowledge is just beginning to be applied to increase adoptions and promote more successful long term adoptions. Please enjoy this show!