I am currently studying the relationships of New Guinea Singing Dogs living as companion animals. New Guinea Singing Dogs are unique because they live in Papua New Guinea as wild dogs and village dogs, in Europe and North America in zoos, and in North America as companion animals. Previous research has only documented the lives of New Guinea Singing Dogs in the wild and in zoos with some sparse information about village dogs. At the time of this research there are no published papers on New Guinea Singing Dogs as companion animals.
Thesis title: “Owner-reported attachment and behavior characteristics of New Guinea singing dogs living as companion animals “
Sumridge, Molly. (July 2019). Owner-reported attachment and behavior characteristics of New Guinea singing dogs living as companion animals. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Anthrozoology, Orlando, Florida.
Winner: “Best Student Poster”
I am also involved in research through the New Guinea Highland Wild Dog Foundation.
Tens of thousands of dog sports competition take place every year around the world. While a handful of papers have been published on the subject describing the interests and lifestyles of competitors, there are still many topics worth exploring including competition sports rituals, and power across different sports.
Sumridge, Molly. (March 2019). Rituals in dog sports - a multi-species ethnography. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Ethnological Society, St. Louis, Missouri.