Dr. Michael W. Fox

Dr. Fox and the Super Dog Project

Vegetarianism: A Bioethical Imperative
Dr. Fox on the Tonight Show
In Memoriam_Feral Cat Mark Twain
DVD Links
Releasing Cats To Live Outdoors
Outdoor Cats, Wildlife And Human Health
Cat and Dog Nutrition--the Thiamine Issue
Cat Food Recipe
Cat Tail Deemed To Be Good Vaccination Spot
Cat Behavior
Cat Vaccination Protocols
Declawing Cats
Feline Stomatitis Complex
Cat Litter Box Issues
Introducing A New Cat
Introducing A Dog Into Cat's Home
Choosing To Live With A Dog
Dog Vaccination Protocols
Dog Mutilations
Dog Food Recipe
Dental Problems In Companion Animals
Dog Food and Feeding Issues
Dr. Fox's Good Medicine Juice
The Truth About Manfactured Dog and Cat Food
Companion Animals Harmed By Pesticides
Dominance-based Dog Training
Dr. Fox and the Super Dog Project
Guide to Congenital & Heritable Disorders in Dogs
Dogwise E-Books
Concerning Outdoor Chaining/Tethering Of Dogs
Dogs In Shelters
Dr. Fox's Good Dog Cookie Recipe
Don't Clone Your Dog Or Cat!
The Pros and Cons of Neutering Your Dog
Recovering Canine Health And The Natural Dog
Animal Vaccination Concerns
Care For Dogs and Cats With Renal Failure
Urinary Tract Stones
Green Pet Care
Puppy and Kitten Breeding Mills
Pure Water for Cats and Dogs--and All
Dental Problems In Companion Animals
Chemical-related Human Diseases In Companion Animals
From Mineral Oil & Multiple Sclerosis to Plastics, Nanoparticles
Companion Animal Care
Companion Animals and Flea and Tick Treatments
Behavioral Problems and Drug Solutions: A Last Resort
Preventing Fleas
Domestication and Diet
Lyme Disease and Wildlife Management
Disease and Animal Rights
GMOs and Pet Food
Journal of AVMA and GMOs
Indoor and Outdoor Poison Hazards for Pets
Carrageenan In Pet Foods
Cats, Dogs and Cadmium
Fluoride In Pet Food - A Serious Health Risk?
Best Manufactured Pet Foods
Pet Food Letters
Nutrigenomics and the Pet Food Revolution
The Ethics of Krill Oil and Protein Supplements
Animal-Insensitivity Syndrome
Wolves and Human Well-being
Wolf-Dog Hybrids
Crying Wolf Too Much
Betrayal of Wolves and Public Trust
The 'One Medicine'
Pet Health Insurance
The Veterinary Profession
  Pharmaceutical Cruelty In Animal Farms: Consumer Beware
Pig Parts For People
Conflicts Of Interest In The Veterinary Profession
Bioethics: Its Scope And Purpose
The Bioethics And Politics Of Manufactured Pet Foods
Animal Rights, Human Rights And Wrongs
The Future of the Veterinary Profession
Holistic Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Ethics and Economics
Veterinary Bioethics and Animal Welfare
Principles Of Veterinary Bioethics
What Price Our Animal Relationships?
Changing Diets for Health's and Earth's Sake
Wildlife Conservation
Wildlife Reseach Needs Ethical Boundaries
Wildlife Management Practices
How Animals Suffer Around the World
Feeling for Animals and Animal Liberation
Animal Altruism and Abilty To Empathize
What Makes Animals Happy?
The Empathosphere: Animal Prescience, And Remote Sensing
Mental Effects on Physical Health: The Mind-Body Connection
Animal Spirits
Light Of Compassion
Religion, Science and Animal Rights
Animal Suffering And The God Question
Healing Animals & The Vision of One Health
Islam And Animals
Panentheism: The Spirituality Of Compassion
One Earth, One Health
Why We All Must Care For Animals and the Environment
Quality Of Life In Animals
Healing Agriculture's Broken Connections
Mammon Vs. Civil Society
Justice For All Beings And The End Of Terrorism
Universal Bill Of Rights For Animals And Nature
Science Writers' and Reporters' Political Agendas
Cambridge Declaration On Consciousness
Michael W. Fox Resume'
Dr. Fox Biographical Interview
Interview: History of Animal Welfare Science
Curriculum Vitae
Books By Dr. Fox
Dr. Fox Lectures, Seminars and Workshops
My Life For The Animals
To Kiss Salamanders and Stones


DEAR DR. FOX :I have been a dog trainer and behavior consultant for over 20 years and am certified by five dog trainer organizations.  I invite you to read my experience and qualifications here 

I am writing a book on Puppy Socialization for owners.   I am researching the BioSensor program by Dr. Carmen Battaglia and have found that it is controversial with some sources saying that there is no data to back up the claims.  http://www.border-wars.com/2012/02/bio-sensor-is-bad-science-the-failure-of-super-dog.html is an example.

 Your name has come up in the discussion, and I am wondering if you could comment on the method.  Thanks in advance for any information you can give.

C.W.: Los Angeles CA

DEAR C.W.: While I was associate professor of psychology at Washington University, and having my PhD dissertation Integrative Development of Brain and Behavior in the Dog published by the University of Chicago press and soon after the popular best- selling version Understanding Your Dog came out, the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps contacted me as a civilian advisor to improve the in-field performance and well-being of their military dogs serving in Viet Nam and being raised and trained at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. This was because in both these publications I set out a protocol of early handling of puppies to increase their stress-tolerance and adaptability and emotional stability later in life.

The German shepherd dogs that I saw initially were kennel-confined and shy, and in dire need of social and environmental enrichment, remedies which I helped initiate. Their offspring were given various forms of sensory and social stimulation during their first weeks of life. These were based in large part on procedures and findings detailed in my doctoral dissertation and summarized in Understanding Your Dog.  I worked with Col Castleberry DVM and his staff to set up what we decided to call the Superdog Project. One officer, Jeff Lynn DVM, worked closely with me and earned a Master’s degree from Washington University, Dept. of Psychology, detailing and evaluating this project which was indeed a success.

It has disturbed me that various individuals have made claims to have developed or were involved in this Superdog project with whom I have had no professional relationship and who never cited my original research on the beneficial effects of early brain and sensory stimulation in puppies. I see them as trying to capitalize financially and reputation-wise for work which I did for no remuneration and with the only purpose of helping these military dogs under the stresses of combat and save a few soldiers’ lives in the process.

So long as the American forces continue to operate in foreign countries with military dogs I would like to see better protective footwear and protective vests ( including cooling vests) and goggles provided as needed for the dogs along the lines established by the British military, and suitable local dogs, better adapted climate and disease-wise, being trained for military use and then brought back to the U.S. after service for adoption.


Check the link below for a Dr. Fox C-Span feature concerning "Animal Testing"

Dr. Michael W. Fox on C-Span

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Dr. Michael W. Fox

What right do we humans have to exploit other animals?  Where does that right come from and what are the limits if any?  What duties or obligations do we have in our relationships with our dogs, cats and other animals domesticated and wild?

          Follow and support Caroline Kraus and her Moments of Truth Project documentary film as she travels across the U.S. asking people, who variously live, work with and care for animals, these and other relevant questions.

Is there an overriding consensus and what are the reasons why people respond very differently to these questions, which in part examine our character, culture and future?

The viewing and discussion of this kind of documentary should be part of every school curriculum and will be of interest to all who work with, profit from and care for animals. Project Home Page: http://momentsoftruthproject.com/  To see the interview with Dr. Fox go to http://momentsoftruthproject.com/dr-michael-fox/