Psychology lab connects students with their dogs | Science And Technology | – The Current

Eckerd holds the unique distinction of being a campus where students are encouraged to have their pets. All around campus, students walk dogs and bring their reptiles out with them. While this created an allure for prospective or current students to bring pets with them or to get them once they’re here, it has also allowed more interactions between pets. With dogs being a popular pet, Professor of Psychology and Animal Studies Lauren Highfill, Assistant Professor of Psychology Sara Hofmann and Philosophy Instructor Jason Sears have started a dog training program on campus for students to participate in for research purposes and to create a safer environment for all pets on campus.

Sears teaches classes such as Animal Ethics and Environmental Ethics. For the last two years, Sears has been the main trainer in this program, working with about 20 students. There are 10 students in the main training