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Masala Skeptic

Maria Walters (a.k.a. Masala Skeptic) has spent a lot of time in ‘furrin parts,’ including Hong Kong, Trinidad, and Pittsburgh. Although her passport is from India, she’s spent most of her adult life in the United States. She currently lives in Atlanta and has an unhealthy affection for science fiction, Neil Gaiman and all things Muppet.

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  1. The study seems to be about dogs on leash vs. off leash, not so much about being walked by men vs. walked by women. As someone who grew up in a house with up to ten dogs at a time, I have a lot of anecdotal experience that dogs on a leash always act more aggressive than off the leash. They also act more aggressive when in a crate vs. out of one. Something about being confined makes their territorial instincts kick in or something.

    As for being walked by men as opposed to women, it looks like the study just had people walk their own dogs, so it seems to be more about how aggressive the owners trained their dogs to be or how likely they were to select aggressive dogs in the first place.

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