April 30, 2019 2:43 pm
Updated: May 2, 2019 12:04 am

Super Awesome Science Show: For the love of dogs

Miss Mabel, Tanya Kim's  Dogue de Bordeaux is a cherished member of the family and therapy dog.

Miss Mabel, Tanya Kim's Dogue de Bordeaux is a cherished member of the family and therapy dog.

Tanya Kim
A A
View link »
Listen on SpotifyListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsVisit Curious CastSubscribe with RSS

Dogs are known as our best friends and on this week’s Super Awesome Science Show, we’re going to explore some of the science behind these loving, caring, and devoted members of our lives.

We first talk with Tanya Kim. She is one of Canada’s best-known journalists but she also is one of this country’s strongest dog and animal advocates. She’s also the companion of Miss Mabel, a Dogue de Bordeaux who has carved out a career as a model. We learn about the importance of Mabel in Tanya’s life and what being a canine celebrity is like.

In exploring the science of dogs in our lives, one conclusion that continues to be repeated is that when it comes to understanding us as humans and our emotions, dogs know.


Story continues below

We speak with the researcher behind this statement, Nandini Maharaj, a health research development officer at the University of British Columbia and a doctoral student looking at the benefits of dogs in our lives.

We learn about the psychology behind the connection humans have with dogs and learn that the impression can last a lifetime.

READ MORE: Therapy dogs to relieve passenger stress at Toronto’s Pearson airport

Because of this effect of dogs in our lives, researchers have wondered if they can help to reduce the stress associated with loneliness.

Our next guest, John-Tyler Binfet, an associate professor of education at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus, has been exploring this theory and the results have been amazing. We discuss the benefits of therapy dogs on students and learn how he’s branching out to help people of all ages.

READ MORE: New Brunswick clinic making ‘paw-sitive’ impact on fear of visiting the dentist

In our SASS Class, we learn how to take care of your best friend with Christina Karkanis, veterinarian and owner of the Bay City Animal Hospital in North Bay, Ont. We learn about the best ways to care for your pet and how to ensure they have a long, healthy life.

If you enjoy The Super Awesome Science Show, please take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts and be sure to tell a friend about the show.

Thanks to you, we’ve won a Canadian Podcast Award as Outstanding Science and Medicine Series. Thank you all very much for helping us keep this show AWESOME!

Contact:

Twitter: @JATetro
Email: thegermguy@gmail.com

Guests:

Tanya Kim
Twitter: @Tanya_Kim
Instagram: @Tanya_Kim1

Miss Mabel
Instagram: @missmabelofficial

Nandini Maharaj
Health Research Development Officer, University of British Columbia
Web: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nandini_Maharaj

John-Tyler Binfet
Associate Professor, Education, University of British Columbia
Web: https://education.ok.ubc.ca/about/people/jtbinfet.html

Christina Karkanis
Owner, Bay City Animal Hospital

We LOVE that you are loving the “Super Awesome Science Show (SASS)” podcast! If you haven’t subscribed yet — what are you waiting for?

Subscribing’s easy! Here’s how…

On your iPad or iPhone:

  • Open the Apple Podcasts app, search for Super Awesome Science Show (SASS) and select it from the list of results.
  • Once on the Super Awesome Science Show (SASS)’s page, click the “subscribe” button to have new episodes sent to your mobile device for free.
  • Click the name of an episode from the list below to listen.

On your Android Phone or Tablet:

  • Open the Google Podcasts app, search for Super Awesome Science Show (SASS) and select it from the list of results.
  • Once on the Super Awesome Science Show (SASS)’s page, click the “subscribe” button to have new episodes sent to your mobile device for free.
  • Click the name of an episode from the list below to listen.

© 2019 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Report an error

Comments

Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first.