Men and Their Dogs: A New Understanding of Man’s Best Friend
Author ORCID Identifier
Robert W. Mitchell https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8797-7484
In his book describing how and why he saved his pet dog from Iraq and brought him home to southern California, former Marine Jay Kopelman describes how loving and caring for a dog and being loved in return made him feel human amid the dehumanizing atrocities of the Iraq war. For most Americans and other dog lovers throughout the world, I suspect, Kopelman’s story is not surprising. We all “know” that our relationships with dogs somehow make us better people, psychologically, and many of us turn to our dog in times of distress and feel better for it. But are dogs really as effective in helping us as we believe? In Men and Their Dogs, psychologists Chris Blazina, Lori Kogan, and other authors provide a set of intriguing chapters that examine, scientifically, how and why dogs might, can, and do help us, focusing on the benefits for men of having a relationship with a dog.
Robert W. Mitchell (2017) Men and Their Dogs: A New Understanding of Man’sBest Friend, Anthrozoös, 30:1, 172-173, DOI: 10.1080/08927936.2017.1270603