Writing & Research

Ethology of dogs, why they do what they do, and how we can best provide for them. Find regular updates at Dog Spies on Scientific American.



What’s the Point? The Bark, 86, 2016. What do studies on dogs’ ability to follow our gestures tell us?

Is the Gaze from Those Big Puppy Eyes the Look of Your Doggie’s Love? Scientific American, 2015. Sustained eye contact between a dog and owner causes oxytocin to spike in both—but not so in wolves. What does it mean?

The World According to Dogs Scientific American The Science of Dogs and Cat, September 2015, Volume 24.

Think Your Dog Has A “Guilty” Look? Think Again The Dodo, 2014. Summary of research-to-date on the infamous look.

Remembering Dr. Sophia Yin The Bark, 80, 2014. In September 28, 2014, the world lost a leading advocate for the humane treatment of animals. We remember her and continue her work.

Great Thinkers on Dogs The Bark, 76, 2013. Six leading canine researchers talk about their work and views of dogs.

Dog’s Personalities The Bark, 74, 2013. Studies suggest that personality in non-human animals can be measured and evaluated, just as in humans.

Dog Speak: The Sounds of Dogs The Bark, 73, 2013. More than just noise.

Say What? Do Dogs Understand Our Words? The Bark, 72, 2012. Wouldn’t you like to know.

Skin Deep The Bark, 71, 2012. Looks aren’t everything, but they do play a role in communication.

H*MPING Why Do They Do It? The Bark, 70, 2012. I think you know what this article’s about. What you might not know is that Jon Stewart mentioned it on his show! Now you know!

Dog Smart: Exploring the Canine Mind The Bark, 69, 2012. I’d recently finished my Masters research with the Family Dog Project and was interested in the current status of canine science research—where it had been and where it was going.

Dog Daycare The Bark, 68, 2012. Daycare is more than fun and games.


Scientific Publications

Horowitz, A., & Hecht, J. (2016). Examining dog–human play: The characteristics, affect, and vocalizations of a unique interspecific interaction. Animal Cognition, 19, 779–788.

Hecht, J., & Horowitz, A. (2015). Introduction to Dog Behavior. In E. Weiss, H. Mohan-Gibbons, & S. Zawitowski (Eds.), Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff (pp. 5–30). Wiley.

Hecht, J., & Spicer Rice, E. (2015). Citizen science: a new direction in canine behavior research. Behavioural Processes, 110, 125–32.

Hecht, J., & Horowitz, A. (2015). Seeing dogs: Human preference for dog physical attributes. Anthrozoös, 28, 153–163.

Horowitz, A., & Hecht, J. (2014). Looking at Dogs: Moving from Anthropocentrism to Canid Umwelt. In A. Horowitz (Ed.), Domestic Dog Cognition and Behavior: The Scientific Study of Canis familiaris (pp. 201–219). Springer.

Cooper, C. B., & Hecht, J. (2014). Tribute to Tinbergen: Public engagement in ethology. Ethology, 120, 207–214.

Horowitz, A., Hecht, J., & Dedrick, A. (2013). Smelling more or less: Investigating the olfactory experience of the domestic dog. Learning & Motivation, 44, 207–217.

Hecht, J., Miklósi, Á., & Gácsi, M. (2012). Behavioral assessment and owner perceptions of behaviors associated with guilt in dogs. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 139, 134–142.