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Daniela Pörtl, MD (trained in Germany), Psychiatrist, Independend Researcher: Human - Animal Bonding


Model of the
Active Social Domestication of Dog

NEW: Pörtl D, Jung C. Physiological pathways to rapid prosocial evolution - highlighting the role of epigenetics & retrosposons in dog domestication.Biologia Futura Vol 70, Issue 2 (publ. 30.07.2019; open access; Editor-in-Chief: Adam Miklosi)

"At present, Biologia Futura offers the chance to read about a provocative new theory, called “active social domestication"(Pörtl & Jung, 2019), wherein, the social environment induced neurophysiological changes in the foundation stock of hypothetical dog ancestors, which would cause an epigenetic cascade effect that led to a relatively rapid unfolding of the so-called domestication syndrome (Meaney & Szyf, 2005; Trut et al., 2009). As with any markedly new theory, heated scientific discussions will likely follow, we also have to add that “active social domestication”provides an option for a new genre of empirical tests to unfold."
(The future of biology from a canine perspective by Péter Pongrácz, Co-Editor)

DGPPN (German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics), Congress 27.-30.11.2019 in Berlin, Poster: "Gib dem Menschen einen Hund und seine Seele wird gesund - hundegestützte Therapie aus dem Blickwinkel von Neurobiologie und Epigenetik" (accepted).

Canine Science Conference 2019, 18-20 Oct 2019, Arizona Science Center, Phoenix, AZ (USA):
My talk "Is Dog Domestication an epigenetic disclosure?" is accepted.


Interview in Psychology Today with Marc Bekoff, Daniela Pörtl and Christoph Jung about: "Dumping the Dog Domestication Dump Theory Once and For All"

Christoph Jung, Daniela Pörtl "Scavenging Hypothesis: Lack of evidence for Dog Domestication on the Waste Dump" DogBehavior Vol 4, No 2 (2018) DOI: https://doi.org/10.4454/db.v4i2.73
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Podium Talk at ISAZ 2019 : "Perception of Dogs in the public eye: Breeds - artifical phenomenon or integral part of human evolution" Juli 1-4 in Orlando (FL) (International Society for Anthrozoology)
International Society for Anthrozoology

"How epigenetics may have played a crucial role in dog domestication" - interesting article on http://earth.com referring our model of the "Active social Domestication"

Our (Daniela Pörtl & Christoph Jung) presentations entitled “Is domestication due to epigenetic down regulation of stress axis initiated by prosocial human-animal interactions?” and entitled “Scavenger or Working Partner - Evidence for a long history of dog breeding as an active part of human evolution” have been accepted by the Scientific Committee for ISAE 2019 Bergen, Norway (International Society for Applied Ethology)


More recent papers:

Jung C, Pörtl D. How old are (Pet) Dog Breeds? Pet Behaviour Science No 7 2019 pp. 29-37 open access

Christoph Jung & Daniela Pörtl - Qualzucht – warum wir unsere Lieblinge quälen / Cruel breeds – Why we let our pets suffer TIERethik 01/2019

TierEthik Jung Pörtl


Pörtl D, Jung C. Is dog domestication due to epigenetic modulation in brain? Dog behavior Vol 3, No 2, 2017 https://doi.org/10.4454/db.v2i3

6. Canine Science Forum in Budapest July 3-6 2018 our talks:
Daniela Pörtl: “Is dog domestication due to epigenetic modulations in brain?” (Abstract)
Christoph Jung: “Scavenging Hypothesis: Lack of evidence for the popular model of Dog Domestication on the Waste Dump” (e.g. Coppinger)

Canine Science Forum Budapest

Our book: "Tierisch beste Freunde: Mensch und Hund - von Streicheln, Stress und Oxytocin", 2015 (only in German and Polish)
Tierisch beste Freunde Pörtl Pörtl

Polish Edition of "Tierisch beste Freunde"
published June 2017
Czlowiek i pies. O glaskaniu, stresie i oksytocynie Azymut 2017