What does your dog learn from watching you? Why are some cats more bonded to humans than others? Does early socialization of livestock improve human-animal interactions and reduce stress? Our lab is working to find out! In the OSU Human-Animal Interaction Lab we study animal behavior and cognition, including the relationships and bonds that form between humans and other species- including dogs, wolves, cats, horses, sheep, and zoo animals. We also study evolutionary and lifetime factors that influence the cognition, welfare, and social behavior of domesticated and captive animals living in different environments, as well as those employed in different working roles- including animal-assisted therapy. Your support allows us to understand and improve human-animal interactions and to train the next generation of students who will continue to advance our relationship with livestock, working, and companion animals for years to come. Thank You for your contributions!

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