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Why Does My Dog Bite Me When He Approaches Me to Be Petted?

A recent blog post from Psychology Today’s Decoding your Pet series, written by Dr. Emily Levine. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201604/why-does-my-dog-bite-me-when-he-approaches-me-be-petted

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Differences in Trait Impulsivity Indicate Diversification of Dog Breeds into Working and Show Lines

A study published this month in Scientific Reports examines impulsivity across Border Collies and Labs bred either for show or for work. Abstract Impulsiveness describes the inability to inhibit behaviour in the presence of salient cues. Trait-level impulsivity exists on a continuum and individual differences can be

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Trainer’s Ring Announcement

Spring Trainer’s Ring 2016 Laura Monaco Torelli Spring is here! What a fun time of year for us and our pups to get out and stretch our legs after a long winter. This is also the season for puppies to suddenly spring up, and show up, on

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ACVB Announcement

Dr. Jaak Panksepp is our keynote speaker! The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) is excited to announce our keynote speaker for this year’s Behavior Symposium is Dr. Jaak Panksepp, neuroscientist, psychobiologist, and author of the well known text Affective Neuroscience and other texts on biological psychology.  

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Abstract: Evaluation of plasma cortisol levels and behavior in dogs wearing bark control collars

Steiss, J.E., Schaffer, C., Ahmad, H.A., & Voith, V. L. (2007). Evaluation of plasma cortisol levels and behavior in dogs wearing bark control collars. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 106, 96-106. Abstract On Week -1, 24 healthy mixed breed kennel dogs were screened by physical examination, complete blood count,

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Abstract: Effects of surgical and chemical sterilization on the behavior of free-roaming male dogs

A recent study by E. Garde, G.E. Pérez, R Vanderstichel, P.F. Dalla Villa, and J.A. Serpell and published in November 2015 in Preventive Veterinary Medicine, furthers our understanding of the behavioral effects of sterilization. The study’s abstract is presented here. Population management of free-roaming domestic dogs (Canis

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Have you taken your dog for a sniff today?

A recent blog post from Dr. Patricia McConnell, CAAB, on the importance of letting your dog stop to smell the roses! http://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/take-your-dog-on-a-sniff

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Book Summary: How Dogs Learn

Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist Dr. Mary Burch provides this summary of her book, How Dogs Learn, for the National Animal Interest Alliance. This book remains an excellent resource for any pet behavior professional’s library! http://www.naiaonline.org/articles/article/how-dogs-learn1#sthash.kiIf3Hxc.dpbs

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Comparing OCD in Humans and Dogs

In this National Geographic article, an MRI study of OCD in dogs is discussed and strategies for addressing OCD are offered by Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist Dr. Jill Goldman. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/06/130610-ocd-dogs-health-animals-science-brains/

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Preventive Behavioral Care: Setting your Pup Up for Success

Many families bring a puppy into their home around the holidays or in the new year. Although the “puppy under the tree” image is one that warms our hearts, it may not be the best time of year for getting a puppy. In addition to the hustle

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