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Are Emotional Support Dogs Always a Cure-All?

In one survey, 100% of people say yes. Are they right? I recently read an essay by Lily Velez called "Newly Released Study Reveals Health Benefits of Emotional Support Animals" in which we're told, "All participants reported that their quality of life had noticeably improved with an ESA dog" (my emphasis). In this piece the following data from a joint collaboration between The Assistance Dog...
how to keep your dog happy

Creating an Emotionally Supportive Environment for Your Dog

Dog training: science, positivity, simplicity, fun, and love. KEY POINTS Bringing a dog into your life is a huge decision; it's essential that you're willing and able to make changes to your pre-dog lifestyle.When we pay close attention to what dogs, as unique individuals, are telling us or asking of us, it's a win-win for all. I'm constantly looking for information on...
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Happy Dogs Make for Happy Dog Owners

You can train your dog to "train" you—an interview with Dr. Carri Westgarth. KEY POINTS Bringing a dog into your life can be a huge life-changing decision and it's essential that you're ready for the challenge.Rather than trying to punish bad behavior, it is kinder and more effective to reward the good behavior. Books about dogs constantly find their way into my...
emotional support animals

Support Animals Aren’t a Waste of Time or a Panacea

Emotional support animals can't always keep doctors away, but can work wonders. A recent essay in the print edition of New Scientist by Nic Fleming called "Can animals keep the doctor away?" is a very interesting read about the use of nonhuman animals (animals) as "therapy for everything from depression to autism." Mr. Fleming's essay is also published online with the title "Why emotional support animals...
are dogs smarter than cats

Dogs Are Not Smarter Than Cats, and More: A Media Muddle

"Ha-ha, sourpuss. Cats have 9 lives but dogs have the sense of honor" misleads. An essay published in today's Sunday Times (UK) called "Ha-ha, sourpuss. Cats have 9 lives but dogs have the sense of humour" is a fun read, but unfortunately gets a number of things wrong, and this time it's personal. Last evening, before I'd had the chance...
myths about dogs

The Downside of Myths About Dogs

Tales that wag the dog negatively affect dog-human relationships. KEY POINTS Oversimplified explanations of what makes dogs tick are very often misleading, and usually dogs pay the price for these misunderstandings.There is a lot of variation in dogs' personalities, and there is no "universal" canine mind that can explain how dogs should behave.Being dog literate, perhaps especially for first-time pandemic dog...

Kids and Dogs: Playing, Walking, and Emotional Development

Some pre-schoolers living with dogs display more prosociality than dogless kids. Twelve years ago, I published a kid's book called Animals at Play: Rules of the Game. I was thrilled that Jane Goodall supported this easy-to-read discussion of how nonhuman animals (animals) play by writing:  "Marc Bekoff’s ideas about fair play stress the significance of cooperation and justice, aspects of behavior desperately needed in the world today ......
myths about dogs

6 Facts About How Dogs Think

Scientist Marc Bekoff challenges these 6 common misconceptions about dogs Humans have had a love affair with dogs extending over thousands of years, and our passion continues to blossom. More households than not include a companion dog, and nearly everywhere you go, dogs will be there too. Dogs have never enjoyed so much attention from the media, either, and books...
how dogs hear and speak

How Dogs Hear and Speak With the World Around Them

More than 18 different muscles control dogs' ear flaps for nuanced movements. To learn the most we can about the behavior of our canine companions and what we can do to give them the best lives possible, we need to pay careful attention to how they use their different senses and what they're capable of doing. In previous essays I focused on their senses of smell, taste, touch,...
dog emotions

Trainers Worry About False Claims That Dogs Lack Emotions

Confusing statements about the emotional lives of dogs ignore scientific facts. Dogs don't lack real emotions. "We like to see ourselves as special, but whatever the difference between humans and animals may be, it is unlikely to be found in the emotional domain." —Frans de Waal Dogs and numerous other nonhuman animals (animals) are sentient, conscious, and emotional beings. An extensive comparative database shows this unquestionably to be a bona...
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Do Dogs Recognize “Dog” and What They’re Feeling From Afar?

Dogs seem to be able to perceive other dogs and their intentions at a distance. “Joe recognizes another dog from afar and knows if they want to play or are not that playful and might be aggressive” “Jasmine 'sees' other dogs from more than 200 feet and either tucks her tail as if she's submitting or runs toward them so she...
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Why Dogs Matter

Dogs matter because they're alive, have intrinsic value, and are feeling beings. Why dogs matter, what's a dog worth .ugb-cc16bd5 .ugb-blockquote__quote{width:70px !important;height:70px !important}I love my dogs because she is One of my favorite books by the late British philosopher and animal advocate Dr. Mary Midgley is titled Animals and Why They Matter. It's worth quoting the book's brief description because the subjects with which Dr. Midgley...

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