School of Veterinary Medicine

Pets pick up on their owner’s personality

When a baby is born, many new moms and dads pore over parenting books, striving to strike the right balance of firmness and warmth to raise their children into kind, intelligent, strong individuals. While nature plays a critical role, research supports the idea that parenting style and parents’ personalities do influence a child’s behavior.

Katherine Unger Baillie

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BBC News

Meet the Dogs Being Trained to Sniff Out Looted Ancient Treasures

The School of Veterinary Medicine’s Working Dog Center is collaborating with Red Arch Cultural Heritage Law & Policy Research to train five dogs to identify stolen artifacts. (Video)


The Guardian

Dogs Trained to Sniff Out Ancient Treasures Looted From Syria

Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine comments on the school’s Working Dog Center, where the “K-9 Artifact Finders” program is training dogs to search for smuggled antiquities.


CBS News

Study: ‘Baby Talk’ Is the Best Way to Communicate With Your Dog

Carlo Siracusa of the School of Veterinary Medicine confirms the results of a study on human-to-dog communication and recommended talking to, being happy around, and offering “clear directions” to one’s dogs to boost connection.


The Evolution of Petface

James Serpell of the School of Veterinary Medicine is cited for researching the systematic breeding of dogs and how it has impacted their health.


Live Science

A Nose for Loot? Dogs Training to Sniff Out Stolen Artifacts

Michael Danti of the Penn Museum and Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine comment on canines being trained to sniff out artifacts from war-torn countries that have experienced looting of archaeological sites.