Monthly Archives: August 2014

Brain Damage – It’s not me, it’s a problem with my dog’s brain.

The problem with your reactive dog may actually be not only behavioural but a problem with his brain. You think you must have done something wrong, because why else would your dog have so many problems? Sometimes this is simply … Continue reading

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Reverse Sneezing – Is your dog having an asthma attack?

It can look like your dog may die at any moment and if you’ve never seen this before it can be a frightening experience. My own Lurcher, Pip, does it from time to time and I did find it alarming … Continue reading

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Negative Events – more harmful than positive events are beneficial.

As a Russian saying goes: ‘a spoonful of tar can spoil a barrel of honey, but a spoonful of honey does nothing to a barrel of tar’ (Rozin & Royzman, 2001). Why are unpleasant experiences so much more lasting than … Continue reading

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Is your dog a Copycat?

Virginia Morell writes in sciencemag.org: The next time your dog digs a hole in the backyard after watching you garden, don’t punish him. He’s just imitating you. A study reveals that our canine pals are capable of copying our behavior … Continue reading

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Tail Talk

Deborah Bird in EarthSky writes: A dog wagging his tail to the right is happy, but a dog wagging to the left is stressed. To see the science behind this, a report is in ‘Current Biology’. Not only does the … Continue reading

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Dental Chews – Are we bad dog owners if we don’t buy Dentastix?

In volume, a small dog consuming a daily Dentastix  is like you or me eating several doughnuts for breakfast and just about as nourishing. Take a look at the ingredients of Pedigree Dentastix. We want to keep our dogs’ teeth … Continue reading

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Littermates – Let’s get TWO puppies!

Getting two puppies at the same time seems like a great idea says Sara Reusche in a blog about littermate syndrome. Dogs are social animals, and a dog who will be alone all day can easily turn to destructive behavior … Continue reading

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