Julie is a canine behavioral researcher and manages Dr. Alexandra Horowitz’s Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College. Visit theirwebsite to get involved in their newest projects. As a science writer, Julie covers the latest research into dog behavior and cognition for the magazine The Bark. In 2010, she founded Dog Spies with the motto, “What good is all this dog behavior research if it remains holed up in academic journals?” She blogs, lectures and holds programs for the general public, student groups and dog enthusiasts on the science behind dogs and the dog-human relationship. Her latest obsession is Do You Believe in Dog?, an international pen-pal blog she created with fellow canine researcher Mia Cobb. Julie also crafts courses and curricula on animal behavior topics and teaches Applied Animal Behavior to Anthrozoology Masters students at Canisius College.
Julie has traveled the globe studying animal behavior and the dog-human relationship. She began her studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the tutelage of Dr. Patricia McConnell and Dr. Charles Snowdon. She received a Masters degree from the University of Edinburgh in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare. Her dissertation research on “guilty” behavior in dogs was supervised by Dr. Márta Gácsi and Dr. Ádám Miklósi at the Family Dog Project in Budapest and was published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science. For more information on Julie Hecht, visit www.DogSpies.com
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