Dogs and Humans: Why Has This Bond Been So Long-Lasting? - featuring Catherine Sanderson / Amherst College

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), nearly 80 million dogs are owned as pets in the United States. It is unclear when dogs were first domesticated, between 20,000–40,000 years ago, but it's clear that humans and dogs have shared a special bond of friendship and mutual support ever since the Neolithic period, at least. But why has this bond been so long-lasting? Dogs, often hailed as humans’ best friends, have been the topic of many scientific studies addressing how they might boost our well-being–making us happier, more resilient when facing stress, and physically healthier. In this presentation, Professor Sanderson will explain how your friendly pup can benefit your health across the board.