Exploring the Human-Dog Relationship through Canine Cartoons

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this event!

With over 100 people in attendance virtually, and 5 presenters from across the university and beyond, this event was a great success in sharing the many ways in which our relationship with dogs has evolved over time, and how that relationship has been depicted through media. From discussing how dogs evolved to be so engrained in our society, to describing how we train our companion dogs versus training a dog to assist visually impaired folks, to the relationship and/or bond we form with dogs, and how those relationships might differ in the future, we covered a wide variety of topics! Stay tuned for a full recording of the event, to be posted on our YouTube channel.


Screenshot of Zoom showing side-by-side images of canine cartoons on the left and Brian Walker on the right   Screenshot of Zoom showing side-by-side images of a powerpoint slide with a comic of two dogs and a photo of Michelle with a character actor, Goofy, on the left, and Michelle Milligan on the right   Screenshot of Zoom showing a video of Steve and a dog demonstrating a blindfold walk



Join us for a webinar that looks at the relationship between dogs and humans from the perspective of animal scientists and animal training professionals. We’ll look at famous cartoon dogs from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum’s latest exhibition The Dog Show: Two Centuries of Canine Cartoons and talk about how popular culture has shaped societal views of dogs and the roles that we see them play today. You’ll even see some dogs in action!

FREE and open to all. Registration required.

Register here: https://osu.zoom.us/.../register/WN_R0mRiI6YRdmjkiB993c64w

Presenters: Dr. Liz Parker, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University; Michelle Mullins, Owner and Director of Training at Honest to Dog, LLC; Steve Hoyt, Director of Training, Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist with Pilot Dogs; Dr. Kelly George, Co-director, CHAIRE; and Brian Walker, Cartoonist, Comics Historian, and Curator of “The Dog Show” (on display at the Billy Ireland through October 31, 2021).

This webinar is a partnership between the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and the Center for Human-Animal Interactions Research and Education (CHAIRE).