Christoph Jung, Psychologist M.Sc. 
Independent Researcher and Author 

 

Our Model of the "Active Social Domestication of Dog"

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)

Editor's Commentary:
"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)

Canine Science Conference 2019, 18-20 Oct 2019, Arizona Science Center, Phoenix, AZ (USA):
Talk "How old are Dog Breeds?" 

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

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

Podium Talk at ISAZ 2019 : "Perception of Dogs in the public eye: Breeds - artifical phenomenon or integral part of human evolution" July 1-4 in Orlando (FL/USA) (International Society for Anthrozoology)


 

Publications

 

CV

  • 1973/74 Masters at the University of Regensburg (Department of Psychology) Germany, 1974 to 79 Psychology (MSc) und Biology (BSc) at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn (Departments of Psychology and Biology), Advisor Professor Dr. Reinhold Bergler, one of the Founders of Human Animal Sciences (HAS and AAT) in Germany
    Degree as "Diplom-Psychologe" (MSc)

  • Since 1997 also engaged in Animal Welfare especially concerning dog breeding (e.g. "Dortmund Appeal for a turn in breeding for dogs' benefit", Petwatch, Expert at German Bundestag Berlin/animal welfare law, Podium at 6th Leipzig Vetenary Congress, Verband fuer das Deutsche Hundewesen/German Kennel Club); I've been working as an editor for more than 10 years (HundeWelt).

  • Since 2009 I'm an independent researcher and author - since my youth I'm thrilled to find out everything about dogs and human - dog relationship