INTRODUCTION

In my Capstone Project, you will find several stories about my dog, Max (middle), and me. I do not assume that every aspect of my relationship with Max is generalizable to all relationships between humans and dogs. On the contrary, I know all too well that there are many human-dog relationships that breach a code of ethical behavior. Instead, I tell my stories as a portal to investigating how humans and dogs interact so as to create a model of informed and reasonable interaction. In doing so, I present some of the research I have conducted in my search to understand both why dogs behave in certain ways and why and how humans are capable of developing such profound and reciprocal relationships with them.

Doggie Style