This post is a follow up to ‘Sniffing Out Scientific Papers’, in which I explained how to find scientific papers on the internet. This week I’ll be breaking down the process of reading and interpreting papers once you’ve found them. Once you’ve got the basics down, you’ll be able to educate yourself, for free, using the most up-to-date evidence, rather than having to rely on second hand information.
There’s a lot of information about dog behaviour on the internet, but not all of it is good. Learning how to find scientific papers can help you fact-check claims and avoid following bad advice.
In this post I’m going to explain why peer-reviewed papers are the current gold standard, and talk you through some of the ways you can look for evidence on a particular topic. Look out for next week’s post too, in which I’ll be explaining how to interpret the papers you find.
‘Never leave your child alone with a dog’ is a common piece of advice given to parents. A recent study has shown that more than half of adults living with children and dogs do not follow this advice. In this post, the results of this study will be reviewed, and I’ll be asking how we might adapt advice given to parents in light of these findings.