Aug 04, 2019
Great course with a lot of new information, not just about dogs but even domestication of other species, including humans. The predictability of aggression in humans would be an interesting next topic
Jul 18, 2019
Really interesting course that gives a great overview of some of the latest research in canine behavior. Helpful even for a regular dog-owner that just wants to understand the mind of their dog.
por Amelie K•
Dec 08, 2015
It was a little long before getting to the REALLY interesting stuff, but it's a good course for what you pay. I wish there were a follow up one, like a level 2.
I also wish that Brian didn't refer to groups of dogs as "dog packs" as dogs are not pack animals. This leads to confusion as dog owners will then believe that they need to be a pack leader and everything that comes with that stereotype. I also wish he didn't focus so much on the idea that dogs are from wolves, because again, many people revert to "this is how wolves are so this is how i treat my dog" it leads to confusion. Just read the comments on some threads. Even while doing this course, people were saying how they need to be a pack leader and how they follow what Cesar Milan does.
However, for those of us that know there is a difference, it was interesting to learn more about the differences between wolves and dogs. I just wish the course focused more on dogs
por Rosanna L•
May 28, 2017
Interesting course, some of the videos were a little long for the information provided, but was good to hear about comparisons in dogs, wolves and apes and the experiments conducted.
por Kelly S•
May 11, 2017
Wasn't my favorite but I enjoyed some of it.
por Antoinette S•
Nov 18, 2016
I may have gotten more out of this course if I hadn't already read "The Genius of Dogs".
I would like to suggest that the slides be subjected to more rigorous proofreading, as I came across several typographical errors. It doesn't look professional.
On quizzes, when a student is asked to select the one FALSE answer, please remove any "all of the above are TRUE" statements. A mentor replied to another student who pointed out this conumdrum on the Week 7 Forum with: "I understand where you are coming from Phil, but only one of the answers as an individual answer is incorrect. The answer "all of the above are correct" is neither true nor false, as only one of the answers in the 'all' is the exception." And I say that if I have a bouquet of roses, 11 red ones and 1 yellow and I were to say that "all of the roses in my bouquet are red" you would correct me, as one is not, and "all" demands 12 out of 12, otherwise, it is not all. Should you still feel a quibble, let me suggest that you contact the Department of Philosophy, ask for someone expert in symbolic logic and run it by him/her.
por Emilee G•
Sep 19, 2017
Too much info about evolution and apes etc, not enough with dogs. Good teacher, but not as helpful as I'd hoped.
por kelly g•
May 28, 2018
I expect the course to concentrate on dog cognition and have a lot more information on dog behaviours and emotions. Although it did cover these areas i felt some weeks i didn't learn anything new about dogs
por sayna p•
Oct 20, 2018
The instructor advertised his book and website so much that it took away from the content.
por Sandra O•
Oct 29, 2019
I hadn't heard about ecological approach to cognition, and having someone explain the different ways in which different animals can be "smart" felt helpful even if a bit oversimplified.
That said, it felt a lot like an advertisement (worked on me, I think the product is cool) and a bit rushed in places (typos, some lectures with very little substance).
por Elisabeth M•
Oct 01, 2015
Videos kept cutting out either entirely or the sound would cut out. Made it very difficult to follow.
por Jonathan G•
Jan 17, 2018
I find this course redundant and useless. You can simply learn how to train your dog without having to take a course. You simply feed and training a dog not to bark, obey commands and obey verbal commands with some authority as dogs have a pack mentality. You do not need a course to learn this!
por Yuxi X•
Mar 22, 2016
The professor talks too much about the website and his book! That doesn't make any sense!
por Judi M H•
Nov 06, 2018
videos are terribly boring.... lectures are very uneven in information and interest. Reading material is worthless. The idea of the course is good, but this one needs a lot more work for me to spend my valuable time on it.
This is basically an as for the instructor's book and a website called dognition. And it's a bad ad...
por Sidney S•
Feb 23, 2019
Not a lot of information if you have even minimal interest in the subject.
Seems more like advertising to go to his somewhat bogus site and spend money for ego and add to his "research."
por Judith M•
Feb 22, 2016
This was a giant advertisement and got tiresome very quickly.
por William A K•
Oct 23, 2015
Not much here
por Dean M•
Jun 12, 2017
Too much emphasis on a misguided belief in the religion of Darwinism. Focus more on real scientific evidence of dog behavior, and the course will be much better.
por Monika M•
Jan 04, 2016
I have fallen asleep during 3/4th week, and it have never happened to my during any of the Coursera courses... I'm sorry, but it completely failed my expectations. 3 weeks out of 7 gone, and I have learnt absolutely nothing about dogs. Yes, I got some psychological basis, but that's not what I looked for/ The lecturer politely suggests to buy his book ... well if it is the same quality as the presented course, than it's useless...
por Kari S•
Sep 07, 2015
Mostly just an ad for the instructor's startup. Very annoying.
por Annika G•
Feb 05, 2016
The lecturer was an annoying speaker and very repetitive. I just couldn't listen to him... I'm sorry. There was also so much about human development etc that I started to wonder when the info about dogs would start....I found the formatting so different from other courses I've taken, that it was hard to get started and figure things out. Adding to that, was the constant interruption of the "paid certificate" page. If I answer "no" once, please leave me alone! I also think it's a bit suspect for a prof to be plugging his own book for one of these courses.
por Michelle M C•
Jan 02, 2016
I just do not feel a connection with this professor - he is constantly plugging his book and the website. The content is just not engaging.
por Janet A•
Jan 31, 2017
A waste of time. One long advertisement for the instructor's book.
por silbi s•
Apr 15, 2016
The guy is full of shit. He's just trying to sell you his book and his online game product. He was also obsessed with bragging about all of his accomplishments. I was quite disgusted by him at the end. I paid for the certification, but now I want my money back.
por Sara K•
Aug 27, 2015
This is basically just one giant commercial for the web site. A whole lot of talk, but not a lot of information. I was going to finish the course anyway, to pick up what is in there, but I just cannot stand any more plugs. Very disappointed.
Oct 22, 2015
A waste of money. Only $50, but it was so terrible I did not even want to finish it. And apparently I waited too long to get a refund as well. Never again.
por Adam P•
Sep 30, 2016
If you didn't like the first few lectures, you won't like the rest. It won't get better. More repetition, clichés, and advertisement that anything else.