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Dogs in Identity Crisis

According to John Homans, dogs are suffering a crisis of identity and becoming dumber because of their increasingly intimate relationships with humans (often even sharing the same bed). Whereas dogs used to be able to work out problems for themselvses, today they increasingly depend on their owners to sort problems out for them. The problem is so acute that some guide dogs (seeing eye dogs) lose their motivation after about a year of working because they’ve learned to be helpless. Read the full article in New York Magazine.


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