Learn How Language Affects How People Perceive All Dogs
Whether it’s how you identify them or the words you use to describe the dogs in your care, everything we say as animal welfare workers impacts their lives. This book is also great for people who want to learn more about the language of effective advocacy.
“In order to better serve animals and society, we must take the lead and free ourselves from stereotypes that imply simple solutions to complex issues.”Bernice Clifford, APDT-KA
It’s easy to fall into the back on stereotypes to describe the dogs in your care. Even myths that we think are helping, can actually hurt our efforts. This FAQ explains why some language is more productive than others.
Cynthia Bathurst, PhD. says that, “language reflects habit, not thought.” We must evaluate whether or not our words feed into stereotypes instead of communicating science-based information.
Don’t Make the Mistake of Advocating for Stereotypes
Quotes from Animal Welfare Workers and Dog Advocates
- “They are different from all other dogs.”
- “They have superior physical and mental characteristics.”
- “They require a special degree of treatment.”
- “Some people will not be able to supply control.”
Quotes from Discriminatory Ordinances, Court Cases, & BSL Supporters
- They “represent a unique hazard and are different in degree and kind.”
- “Even their most ardent admirers agree that these dogs are not for everyone and require special attention and discipline.”