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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...
types of dog collars

Should Dogs Be Shocked, Choked, or Pronged?

Should these types of dog collars be banned in favor of force-free alternatives? "Collars are a vital part of dog ownership. They allow pet parents to walk their pup on a leash and they provide a place to hang ID and vaccination tags. However, if used in the wrong way, collars can lead to serious or even fatal injury." —Lindsay Lowe,...
Small dog training

Punishment-Based Dog Training a Risk Factor for Euthanasia?

A new study examines reasons why dogs are relinquished or killed. Because one of my main areas of research interest is animal euthanasia, I am always on the lookout for articles in the scholarly literature with “euthanasia” in the title. The article that caught my eye this morning was from the most recent issue of the Journal of Veterinary Behavior: “Dog-...
how long do dogs live

How Long Do Dogs Live? It All Depends On The Dog Breed And YOU!

Dogs, lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you're going to lose a dog, and there's going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can't support the illusion that a...
rescue dog training

Using the “She’s a Rescue Dog” Excuse

Why I'm going to stop. Source: Jessica Pierce Bella doesn’t like to be touched by humans she doesn’t know and trust. When I’m out walking with Bella and I encounter other dog-walkers or run into people I know, Bella will stand or sit quietly behind me or by my side. She’s a perfect lady. But if a stranger reaches out to...
desexing dogs

Should Desexing Dogs Continue to Be the Rule?

Two recent essays discuss important topics about our canine companions and us. .ugb-24b0621 .ugb-blockquote__quote{width:70px !important;height:70px !important}"For by our widespread policies of desexing dogs, we are not just removing their gonads: we are changing their bodies, their health and their behavior—not always for the better. We are tacitly implying that dogs should be asexual, in body and mind. We are altering...
dog dementia

Dog Dementia: What It Looks Like and What Can Done About It

Dogs, like many other nonhuman animals and humans, suffer cognitive decline. A few days ago I received an email from a friend, Rod, that read: "You've met my pal Jack who celebrates his 12th birthday next week. As of late, say the last couple months, Jack has awoken after maybe 30 minutes of seemingly sound sleep. He comes awake in a start,...
dog telepathy

The Unexplained Power of Animals

For many years animal trainers, pet owners and naturalists have reported various kinds of perceptiveness in animals that suggest the existence of psychic powers.  Surprisingly little research has been done on these phenomenona.  Biologists have been inhibited by the taboo against "the paranormal", and psychical researchers and parapsychologists have with few exceptions confined their attention to human beings. According to...
can dogs eat chocolate

Dogs And Chocolate: What You Need To Know

Chocolate contains an ingredient that can be poisonous to dogs. So while your dog might like the look of those chocolate biscuits, resist the urge to share.   Can dogs eat chocolate? The short answer is ‘no’. Chocolate contains a natural chemical called theobromine, which is toxic to dogs. The effects of theobromine include: Increased heart rateStress on kidneysStress on nervous system Eating an excessive...
can dogs eat chocolate

Adopting Rescue Dogs

We’re a nation of dog lovers, with thousands of puppies born every week and going to wonderful homes. But this has led to a lot of over breeding of dogs in recent years, and many dogs that were intended for good homes have ended up in dog shelters, rescue centres and charities up and down the country. So if you’re...

Is Your Dog Psychic?

Dogs have natural-born superpowers of observation and sensitivity. A friend of mine told me about her elderly dog, Kimo, who seemed to be suffering from what human doctors might label as a failure to thrive. Kimo didn’t want to eat, didn’t want to go outside, and didn’t want to interact. My friend and her husband sat down one evening and...
dog safety tips for the holidays

Holiday Safety Tips for Dogs During The Festive Season

Relax During The Festive Season Holiday safety tips for dogs during the festive season need to be heeded. Then everyone can relax during the most joyous time of the year. After all joy can turn to tragedy if you do not take simple precautions to ensure the safety of your dogs. Dogs Are Curious “Pets are curious by nature” said Dr. Steve...