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New findings on shock collars

In the dog world, few subjects are as controversial as the debate on shock collars (electronic or e-collars). Advocates for their use claim that such devices don’t hurt but mostly emit an unpleasant vibration. They’re often the last resort for dogs with behavior drives that are difficult

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Why does my dog do that? Mounting

Here is a link to a blog by Dr. Meredith Stepita DACVB on mounting behaviour in dogs.

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Ladder of Aggression

Ladder of Aggression (Kendal Shepherd) How a dog reacts to stress or a threat can be represented as a series of ascending steps on a ladder. These gestures are responses to an escalation of perceived threat only and are NOT expressions of a ‘submissive’ or ‘dominant’ state.

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Veterinary Behavior Symposium: Experts Answer Pet Behavior Questions

CHICAGO, IL. — These reader pet behavior questions were answered by experts from around the world attending the Veterinary Behavior Symposium July 19 in Chicago, just prior to the 150th Convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Members of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior and

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How to teach voluntary blood draws: Lessons from dolphins and horses apply to dogs

This is an excellent article with video about how to teach dogs to not be stressed about blood collections. Link to Laura Monaco Torellis’ article How to teach voluntary blood draws: Lessons from dophins and horses apply to dogs.

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Inhibiting a Lab’s infatuation with its ball toy

“Q. One of my patients, a Labrador retriever, seems to be obsessed with his toy ball. When the owners sit down, the dog incessantly begs to play with the ball. What advice should I give the owners as to how to redirect this behavior?”  Response from Dr.

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The End for Shock Collars?

“Something puzzles me about the arguments made by shock collar advocates. On the one hand they claim the e-collar doesn’t hurt, and on the other they say it’s a last resort to prevent ‘dead dogs’ due to recall and chasing problems. Surely the second justification casts doubt

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Behavior Problems in Geriatric Pets

Aging pets often suffer a decline in cognitive function (eg, memory, learning, perception, awareness) likely associated with age-dependent brain alterations. Clinically, cognitive dysfunction may result in various behavioral signs, including disorientation; forgetting of previously learned behaviors, such as house training; alterations in the manner in which the

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Dog and owner demographic characteristics and dog personality trait associations

Abstract: The aim of this study was to analyze the relationships between four personality traits (calmness, trainability, dog sociability and boldness) of dogs (Canis familiaris) and dog and owner demographics on a large sample size with 14,004 individuals. German speaking dog owners could characterize their dog by

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Dog training methods: their use, effectiveness and interaction with behaviour and welfare

This study suggests that positive training methods may be more useful to the pet-owning community. Abstract: Historically, pet dogs were trained using mainly negative reinforcement or punishment, but positive reinforcement using rewards has recently become more popular.  The methods used may have different impacts on the dogs’

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