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Dog play: what’s the purpose?

dog playing in snow

While most species gradually stop playing as they grow into adulthood, our beloved pooches never seem to stop playing no matter how old they are. My 10 year old German Shepherd, Nala, still reacts like a puppy when an opportunity

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog/human relationship, Misc, Psychology

The top 10 blogs you’ve liked in 2014

2014

Another year has just gone by! I don’t know about you, but it feels like no matter how much I get accomplished, that to-do list just keeps on going. But before we take on a new year, let’s take a

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Posted in Misc, science, Technology, Training tools

I’m a woman and I love dogs – am I neurotic?

happy woman with dog

One out of five women score high in neuroticism. Anxiety, fear, worry, envy, frustration, jealousy, moodiness, anger and depression characterize people who score high in this personality dimension. They are more easily stressed out, have a higher tendency to being

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Posted in Dog/human relationship, emotions, Misc, Psychology

Calming signals- Are they truly signals or calming?

shetland play bow

Calming signals is a term brought forth by Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas (2005) to describe behaviors that dogs display when trying to calm down a situation. In animals living in groups, it’s important to have ways of communication that

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Posted in Dog behavior, Educational, Fear, Misc, Psychology, science

2014 – The first Pet Technology Conference

Pet Tech Conference 2014

Just 10 years ago, who would of thought we could hold an entire conference on technology in the pet industry? We have crossed the Rubicon earlier this month in Silicon Valley, home of many of the largest technology corporations. Innovations

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Posted in Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Misc, Positive Animal Training, science, Separation anxiety, Technology, Training tools

10 steps to getting a great dog from the shelter

dog love

I train service dogs for a living. Where do I get my dogs? From the local shelters! 100% of the dogs that we train and place as service dogs come predominantly from the local Humane Societies and rescue groups and have

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Misc, Resource, Shelter

Animal Madness – A review of Laurel Braitman’s insightful new book

bulldog

“Given my choice, I would almost always choose to be a feral dog. Maybe you don’t live as long, maybe you don’t have shots, maybe you have mange, but I would choose that in a hot second over waiting for

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Posted in Dog behavior, emotions, Misc, Psychology, Separation anxiety

The Insider’s Secrets to Teaching Words to Dogs

Talk to the dog

For as long as humans have lived with animals, we’ve fantasized about being able to hold conversations with them. Throughout much of the traditional literature we can find people and animals talking together, from Eve and the serpent in the

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Learning theory, Misc

5 loving ways to pet a dog

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We’ve all heard of the many health benefits of owning a dog; from reducing our blood pressure and heart rate to increasing our immune system. Being in the presence of a dog or better, touching and petting a dog is

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog/human relationship, emotions, Misc, Psychology

Shelter dogs: studies highlight why some are adopted, others aren’t

Dog in shelter 2

The leading cause of death of our companion dogs is euthanasia in shelters. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), about 60% of dogs entering shelters are euthanized (ASPCA 2011). Some of these dogs

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Misc, Shelter
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