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Upcoming Book Publication: Train your Dog Now!

From Simon and Schuster publishing company: The forthcoming book Train Your Dog Now! Your Instant Training Handbook, from Basic Commands to Behavior Fixes by Jennifer L. Summerfield, DVM CPDT-KA (March 6, 2018), presents an effective, new way to train a dog, with bite-sized instructions to help owners teach their dogs the most important

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Valentine’s Day Safety Tips for Pet Owners

20 Valentine’s Day Safety Tips for Pet Owners [Infographic]

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A Clockwork Hound: Fruit Fly Clock Genes and Understanding the Genetics of Dog Behavior

In this most recent CAAB Chat, Drs. Stephen Zawistoski, CAAB, and Jessica Hakman, DVM, discuss some new and exciting research on canine behavior genetics. For more information and to registerl visit: A Clockwork Hound: Fruit Fly Clock Genes and Understanding the Genetics of Dog Behavior

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Grrr… This Lap Belongs to Me!

When I met Lucy for the first time, she rushed to greet me at the front door, happily jumping and whining as she tried frantically to lick my face. She was a 9-pound Chihuahua mix, totally adorable and totally adored by her owners, Jan and Dave. Lucy

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How to Teach “Leave It”

In nature, animals often use aggressive threats to prevent others from stealing their possessions. With our pet dogs, however, aggression toward owners is often deemed inappropriate and even dangerous. This resource guarding can be exhibited along a continuum of intensity. A dog may freeze, for example, holding

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Intriguing Papers Presented at the Canine Science Conference 2017

The Canine Science Collaboratory, headed by Dr. Clive Wynne just finished its first Canine Science Conference in Phoenix Arizona.  Papers were presented by an international, interdisciplinary collection of speakers.  Presentations ranged from factors influencing behavior at the genetic and biochemical level, to observing interactions between individuals in

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20 Things you Didn’t Know about Catnip

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Catnip [Infographic]

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Understanding Canine Facial Expressions and Body Postures

I wrote previously about how we can interpret dogs’ tail wags to best determine whether they are happy, comfortable, nervous, or potentially aggressive. Because the tail is only one piece of a dog’s communication system, we must also consider facial expressions and overall body positioning to get

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Dogs’ Tails Tell Tales So Let’s Listen!

“But I don’t understand why she bit me, Doc! She was wagging her tail the whole time…” If I had a dog biscuit for every time I’ve heard this lament from a client, I could open up my own doggie bakery! From the time we were small,

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Job Posting: Staff Veterinarian-Behaviorist

Post Date 8/14/2017 Title Staff Veterinarian – Behaviorist Employment Type Full Time Work Hours/Days This is a full time, Exempt position with flexible hours. Location MSPCA Headquarters Description The Angell Animal Medical Center (AAMC) is seeking applicants for a position for a Board-Certified Veterinary Behaviorist who will

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