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Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC


Stanley Coren, PhD., DSc., FRSC, is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Pennsylvania and his doctorate in Psychology is from Stanford University. He is best known to the public for his popular books on dogs and on general psychological issues, however within the scientific world he is also a highly respected scientist having done research in a wide range of psychological areas including sensory processes (vision and hearing), neuropsychology (handedness, sleep, birth stress effects and behavior genetics) and cognition (information processing and intelligence). He has published over 400 scientific reports in professional journals as well as 19 books for students and professionals. He has received many honors and awards for his scientific work, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was named as one of the 2000 outstanding scientists of the Twentieth Century by the International Biographical Society. He was also awarded the honorary degree of DSc by Guelph University fo his scientific and other contributions.

His engaging writing style has made his books for general audiences extremely popular. All of these books, including "The Intelligence of Dogs," "How to Speak Dog," "Why We Love the Dogs We Dog," "The Pawprints of History," "Why Does My Dog Act That Way," "How Dogs Think" and "The Modern Dog." have reached bestseller status. His recent his book for children, "Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses?" received the Animal Behavior Society's award for the best "Children's book of the Year" and also the Red Cedar Award for best children's informational book. His book, "Born to Bark" won the Maxwell Medal of Excellence from the Dog Writers Association of America. He has also received the Writer of the Year award, from the International Positive Dog Training Association, for his most recent works.

Many professional associations have recognized Coren's work with dogs. He has received awards from several major police dog organizations including the California Canine Narcotic Association who cited him for his "continuing contributions toward the understanding of canine behavior."

Coren's knowledge of dogs has often caught the attention of the media and he has been the subject of feature articles in USA Today, The New York Times, People magazine and others. He is a popular guest with broadcast media and has been featured on numerous television programs including Oprah, Larry King, Dateline, 20/20, Maurie Povich, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose, the Today Show and many more.

His popularity with the media resulted in his becoming the host of his own television show, Good Dog! which was broadcast nationally in Canada for more than ten years is now in syndication in Australia and New Zealand. He is also a regular contributor to a number of dog and pet related magazines including Modern Dog, AKC Family Dog, Pets Magazine and Puppy and Dog Basics, among others. In addition he maintains the popular blog, Canine Corner, hosted here by Psychology Today. This blog was recognized as "Best Educational Blog" by The Dog Writers Association of America.

Stanley Coren lives in Vancouver, Canada, with his dogs (a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Ripley and a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever named Ranger) and his wife, Joan. He continues to be involved in various types of dog obedience competition and his various dogs have won many titles for their performance and have also served as therapy dogs. He also teaches dog obedience with the non-profit Vancouver Dog Obedience Training Club. A full length biography of him can be found in Wikipedia at

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