Certified Pet Dog Trainer Pat Miller throws a Paw Lickers Puzzle Party and lets some dogs test out a series of new interactive puzzle toys designed by Sweden’s Nina Ottosson (including the Dog Tornado, the Dog Smart, the Dog Pyramid, the Dog Spinny, and more). She provides some fun...
In this post from Psychology Today’s Decoding Your Pet series, Dr. Emily Levine offers some guidelines for proper socialization. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201409/socialization-when-do-it-and-when-not-do-it
Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice “Behavior: A Guide For Practitioners” with guest editors, Dr. Gary Landsberg and Dr. Valarie Tynes (Link to: http://www.vetsmall.theclinics.com/issues?issue_key=S0195-5616%2814%29X0003-3) Review by Dr. Amy Pike In May of 2014, Elsevier published their quarterly compilation of clinical review articles which focused solely on small...
The Brake Fast Bowl (Link: http://www.brake-fast.net/) Review by Dr. Leslie Sinn, Behavior Resident The Brake-Fast Dog Food Bowl comes in small (1.5 cup capacity), medium (5 cup capacity) and large (8 cup capacity). The bowl contains 3 posts that force dogs to manipulate around the columns to reach food,...
Dr. Haug provides a brief overview of positive reinforcement and some common misconceptions about its use in the dog training community. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201409/the-truth-about-positive-reinforcement
In part 2 of this series, we equip veterinary teams to assess and alleviate fear during veterinary visits to build a more positive patient experience and stronger pet-owner relationships. If you’re not conducting routine evaluations for common behavior problems, you’re not alone. Taking a proactive approach to behavior is...
Article Summary: Klausz, B., Kis, A., Persa, E., Miklosi, A., & Gacsi, M. (2014). A Quick Assessment Tool for Human-Directed Aggression in Pet Dogs. Aggressive Behavior, 40, 178-188. Stranger-directed aggression is among the most common behavior problems exhibited by pet dogs. Although several assessment protocols have been designed to...
In this blog post from Psychology Today’s Decoding Your Pet series, Dr. Karen Overall discusses the prenatal and perinatal variables that can influence dog behavior, using her own dog as a case example. Read this post here: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201408/the-lovely-missy-rose-diaries-part-3 To read Parts 1 and 2 of this series, see the AVSAB...
Article Summary: Mehrkam, L. R., & Wynne, C. D. L. (2014). Behavioral differences among breeds of domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris): Current state of the science. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 155, 12-27. A recent review paper by Lindsay Mehrkam and Clive Wynne summarizes well the state of the science...
The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, in collaboration with Psychology Today, presents a new blog series called Decoding Your Pet. In their first two blog posts (both linked below), veterinary behaviorist Dr. Karen Overall describes the history of her own dog Missy Rose and some strategies she has employed...
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