Are Journalists Treating President Trump Too Much Like a Dog?

But some experts worry that our assumptions of canine guilt may be self-fulfilling. Julie Hecht, a doctoral student who studies animal behavior at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, cites research showing that the more dogs are punished, the more they tend to act in ways that drive their owners mad. Scolding, Hecht believes, may confuse dogs, resulting in “an anxious cycle of destruction and appeasement” that could ultimately “harm the dog–human bond.”

—From an article, “Your Dog Feels No Shame,” by William Brennan, in the March 2018 Atlantic.

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