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Separation Anxiety: The Great Imitator (Part 1)

Dr. Meredith Stepita discusses other causes of behavior that might appear like separation anxiety in this post from Psychology Today’s Decoding your Pet series. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201506/separation-anxiety-the-great-imitator-part-1

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Why shouldn’t we use punishment to teach a dog not to jump up

In this post from Psychology Today’s Decoding your Pet series, Dr. Emily Levine argues that positive punishment may not be the best tactic for reducing jumping by dogs. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201505/why-shouldn-t-we-use-punishment-toteach-dog-not-jump

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Canine Chin Rest Behavior video

Dog trainer Laura Monaco Torelli shares a training video for teaching a chin rest that can be used during veterinary exams for ear care and injections. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z8CdwQibgA

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The Bark Park: Should you bring your dog to the dog park?

In this post from Psychology Today’s Decoding Your Pet series, Dr. Ellen Lindell discusses the circumstances under which a dog park may or may not be beneficial for your dog. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201504/the-bark-park

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Video: Teaching Owners how to use the New Freedom Harness

In this video, Dr. Colleen Koch explains how to use the New Freedom body harness for dogs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vEs71ZIINs

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Sustained eye contact between dog and human increases oxytocin in both

In this Scientific American post, Julie Hecht reviews a recent study examining the relationship between eye contact and oxytocin levels in dogs and humans. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/is-the-gaze-from-those-big-puppy-eyes-the-look-of-your-doggie-s-love/?WT.mc_id=SA_Facebook

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The Case of the Runaway Dog Part 2

In this excerpt from Dr. Megan Maxwell’s pet behavior advice column The Teacher’s Pets, she addresses how to teach a Sit/Stay as a replacement behavior for a dog’s bolting through an open front door. Last month, a reader wrote in for help addressing his terrier’s bolting behavior.

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The Case of the Runaway Dog Part 1

In this excerpt from Dr. Megan Maxwell’s pet behavior advice column The Teacher’s Pets, she discusses how to use a Come command to address a dog’s bolting through the front door. Q: I have a 3 1/2-year-old male silky terrier who is very intelligent and lovable. He

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Paws for thought: Social benefits of walking your dog

Sara Cross reviews a study published in The British Journal of Psychology that demonstrates one of the social benefits of walking one’s dog – people are three times more likely to instigate social interactions with a person accompanied by a dog. Add this to the list of

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Dog’s dinner was key to domestication

A recent study published in Nature demonstrates that dogs are set apart from wolves by way of their possession of genes for digesting starches. The author here reviews some implications of this finding for the timeline and process of early dog domestication. http://www.nature.com/news/dog-s-dinner-was-key-to-domestication-1.12280

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