Lee Charles Kelley is a dog trainer and has written articles about empathy in dogs. He writes a blog in Psychologytoday.com called My Puppy, My Self: How dogs make us human.
Lee and I talked about the nature of empathy in dogs from Lee’s perspective of working with dogs as a trainer and having been an actor. We also reviewed the study, ‘Empathic-like responding by domestic dogs to distress in humans’, by Debbie Custance, and the related articles by Stanley Coren and Kevin Behan. We talked about the definitions of empathy and how dogs don’t have the higher self-awareness based empathy that human have.
Sub Conference: Animals & Nature