We are launching a new study!

Over the course of the last few months, we have gradually come to realise that we have been staring at something fascinating - Streeties have been managing extraordinarily complicated interactions, collaborations and negotiations with the people around, something most of us struggle to achieve after years of training. This has been piquing our interest and so BHARCS is launching a new study as part of the #LivesOfStreeties project. This is the second study that is part of the #LivesOfStreeties project. The first study involved studying activity budgets of free ranging urban dogs. In this second study we are looking at communication, not just between these animals, but between dogs and humans

Streeties that do not cooperate

Behaviourism is a term that describes the study of animal behaviour, usually referring to measured responses to stimuli or trained behavioural responses in a laboratory context, without a particular emphasis on evolutionary adaptivity. Ethology is the study of animal behaviour, usually with a focus on behaviour under natural conditions, and viewing behaviour as an evolutionarily adaptive trait. At BHARCS, our focus is not on behaviourism, but on ethology. That’s why we love studying streeties - the free ranging dogs of India. #LivesOfStreeties is our project that aims to study these dogs in a scientific and structured way, to understand them better. We are launching our next set of studies

A study on the activity budget of free ranging dogs

Lives of Streeties is an ongoing study that I am conducting on the street dogs of Bangalore, India. Streeties is a term of endearment that Bangaloreans use to refer to the dogs that roam free on the streets of the city. I spent most of 2015 flying back and forth from India to the US (that’s more than a 24hr long flight most times and once my layover alone was 22 hrs!). I was flying to the US for my second stint of education with Turid Rugaas who lives in Norway, but happened to be teaching in North Carolina that year. Turid is a canine behaviour expert, a recipient of the King's Badge of Honour by the Norwegian King, HM Harald VII for her contributions to the field of canine behaviour, the

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