Meet Pavlov's dogs

Ivan Pavlov had at least 35 dogs that were involved in his Nobel Prize-winning on behavior and conditioning. But only one of them was stuffed and preserved in the Pavlov Museum.


  1. Pavlov developed a new way of monitoring what was happening. He surgically made fistulas in animals’ stomachs, whichenabled him to study the organs and take samples of body fluids from them while they continued to function normally.

    It was pointed out by my Psych 101 professor that the neat little textbook drawings of dogs with little bottles connected to their mouths are a good deal more sanitary than the likely reality of gaping holes with windows placed in them.

    Then again, fistulas are apparently a relatively common thing in veterinary science.

  2. Pavlov did not get the Nobel Prize for his studies of conditioning but for his research on the digestive system. The conditioning came later.

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