Monthly Archives: February 2015

Static Electricity – Ouch! What Was That?

I recently visited a timid dog who was just gathering sufficient courage to sniff my hand when I both heard and felt the static shock of electricity leaping from my hand to the poor dog’s nose. He recoiled and then … Continue reading

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Why the Dots Above Rottie’s Eyes?

I have always wondered, from years ago when I had a Rottweiler, why it is that some dogs have brown dots above their eyes. Domestic dogs belong to Group A below and it must be another part of a dog’s … Continue reading

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Inherited Fear – Did Dog’s Grandfather Fear Bangs?

An article in the Daily Telegraph of 16th February is titled: ‘Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors’. ‘Memories can be passed down to later generations through genetic switches that allow offspring to inherit the experience of … Continue reading

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Dogs’ Ears – Are They a Clue to Anything Else?

Dr. Becker of Mercola.com suggests that ‘lack of fear in humans started as a cell abnormality’. According to Adam Wilkins of Berlin’s Humboldt University: “When humans bred these animals for tameness, they may have inadvertently selected those with mild neural … Continue reading

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E-Collars – Would you deliberately electric shock your child?

No sane person would punish a child with an electric shock, but many people think it’s okay to use electric shock on their dog. Is terrorising a dog to stop it doing something acceptable? The risk of fallout is terrible … Continue reading

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Unique Nose Print – No two dogs have the same nose print.

Dogs’ nose prints are as unique as a human’s fingerprints and can be used to accurately identify them. The Canadian Kennel Club has been accepting dog nose prints as proof of identity since 1938. ‘Just as humans can be identified … Continue reading

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Licking – Why do our dogs lick us?

Why do our dogs like to lick our faces? Is it because they love us? Is it because we taste good? Is it evolutionary to encourage regurgitation of food? Is it to pacify themselves or us? There seem to be … Continue reading

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