HUMAN - CANINE RELATIONSHIP
The first of a planned series of articles exploring the 'human - canine relationship' has been published in Society & Animals. The first three papers will focus exclusively on the association between the presence of licensed dogs and property crime rates in Milwaukee, WI in 2011. The first paper is a simple assessment of whether the presence of licensed dogs is associated with lower property crime rates. The second paper will look at differences (if any) in property crime rates and dog breeds/classifications as well as adjacency. The third paper will take socio-economic factors into consideration to further tease out any differences in the relationship between dog presence and property crime.
Broadly, I am interested in understanding how human - canine interaction benefits both species, and human society. Specifically, among other avenues of inquiry, I explore the apparent role dogs play in thwarting or reducing property crimes and improve feelings of community safety. Additionally, policies designed to improve conditions of sheltered dogs (and reducing the need for sheltering of dogs) is of paramount interest.