Got a depressed dog? We all get down now and then, but can the same be said for dogs? In Argentina, this is such a widely held belief that ethology practices are at an all-time high. Have you heard of ethology? While veterinary medicine deals tends to deal with clinical reasons for depression, ethology deals with animal behavior.
According to ethology practices, dogs need more than medicine to help them feel better. Sometimes it only takes TLC: in other words, love.
In a recent article for Latino FoxNews, 78 percent of Argentines have a pet, with 63 percent sharing their lives with a dog. With the increase in pet-loving households comes an increase in reported behavioral problems, this according to 58-year-old Richard Burno, who is one of the country’s leaders in the ethology field.
Bruno reports that people who live alone tend to transfer their emotional issues to pets, some decide not to have kids and transfer their paternal or maternal instincts to pets, and Argentina has many lonely people.
Do fish feel pain? Do dogs really understand what we say when we talk to them? These are the questions ethologist ponder. Fidose wonders if ethologists are really animal psychologists. According to the University of Indiana Bloomington, “ethologists usually are trained in departments of biology, zoology, entomology, wildlife, or other animal sciences, whereas most comparative psychologists are trained in psychology departments.
Do you think we, as pet parents, transfer our emotions sometimes to our dogs and would you use the services of a veterinary ethologist?