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 as part of this project and details to follow soon.

At BHARCS, we believe that a big part of studying animals is also about knowing more about their rich social and emotional lives, comprehending the challenges they face. So as we do our studies, we will also be focusing on bring to you the stories of these dogs.

This is Namitha, who is still learning how to gather proper objective data. We asked the students to perform a short exercise with a streety they DO NOT KNOW. Apparently this is turning out to be very challenging for them, because the streeties are not cooperating at all. Have a look at how Namitha’s “experiment with an unknown dog” ended up. We got zero useful data out of this exercise, but who cares right?


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