Category Archives: Science & Health

Silence Really IS Golden

Science says silence is much more important to our brains than we think, according to lifehack.org (Science also says that dogs’ brains are also a lot more similar to our own than we think). In 2011, the Finnish Tourist Board ran a … Continue reading

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Habituation and Desensitisation. The Difference?

This blog takes me back to my original reason for my Pawses, to mull over things that give me pause for thought. A short while ago I described in a professional Facebook group about how I had stopped my dog Pickle barking … Continue reading

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Dogs Back Then…..and Now

I don’t remember, back in about 1954 (I was ten), ever seeing a dog on lead. I don’t actually remember seeing many dogs at all. My brother, my friends and I would also be free to walk or cycle around the roads … Continue reading

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Choose Your Next Dog by Build and Gender?

I have been ploughing through a very learned (for me) article by Holly Stone, Melissa Starling, Paul McGreevy and Bjorn Forkman published a few weeks ago, on correlations between changes in morphology (the branch of biology concerned with the form and structure of organisms) and behaviour. I … Continue reading

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Chewing Gum Deadly to Dogs

Most people know of the danger to dogs of dark chocolate and grapes. I’m sure many people simply aren’t aware of the danger to their dogs of leaving chewing gum lying about. Do you chew gum? The Westie I went … Continue reading

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Should it not be Obvious?

I’ve just spoken to a lady on the phone who had asked a trainer, “Are you a Cesar Millan or a Victoria Stilwell?” and it got me thinking. These two polarise people’s perceptions with the dark side still holding their ground. To be fair on … Continue reading

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Slow Right Down and See What Happens

Today while my own four dogs were anticipating a possible outing with some excitement, I tried a very simple experiment on influencing their behaviour. Five whole minutes of moving VEEEERRY SLOOOOOOOW MOTION. Like a robot. Like a video played very slow speed. … Continue reading

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