Paper Review: Why do adult dogs “play”? A recent issue of Behavioural Processes was devoted entirely to studies of canine behavior. Here I summarize one publication within that issue. For complete issue access, visit http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03766357/110. Bradshaw, J.W.S., Pullen, A.J., & Rooney, N.J. (2015). Why do adult dogs “play”? Ah,...
Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Katherine Houpt shares some training tips on strategies she is using with her own puppy, Yuki. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201502/practical-solutions-common-puppy-behavior-problems
Research Paper Review: Dogs prefer petting to vocal praise A recent issue of Behavioural Processes was devoted entirely to studies of canine behavior. Here I summarize one publication within that issue. For complete issue access, visit http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03766357/110. Feuerbacher, E. N., & Wynne, C.D.L. (2015). Shut up and pet me!...
In this post from Psychology Today’s Decoding Your Pet series, Dr. Katherine Houpt shares the story of house training her new puppy, Yuki. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201502/learning-theory-in-practice-housebreaking-puppy
I often hear from pet owners that they are reluctant to walk their dogs due to various weather conditions (excessive heat, cold, snow, or rain). When the weather outside is frightful, what are some indoor options for exercising your dog? One option is tug-of-war, but tug toys (e.g., ropes...
Dr. Wailani Sung provides several useful strategies for managing pet behavior and avoiding its escalation until a reliable behavioral intervention plan can be developed. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201501/practical-management-tips-dogs-behavior
Many animals have a natural tendency to guard access to valuable resources, such as food, mates, and territory. Dogs are no exception, and when companion canines begin growling over the food bowl, this resource guarding can present quite a challenge for owners. Food guarding in dogs can be characterized...
Review of Jane Killion’s “Puppy Culture”: The Powerful First 12 Weeks That Can Shape Your Puppy’s Future Video Set January 19, 2015 Sometimes life brings delightful surprises and I can’t wait to share one that recently arrived, beautifully packed in my mail. The five DVD set, “Puppy Culture” by...
Dog owners cherish their canine companions for many reasons and interact with them using a variety of styles and training strategies. In turn, some dogs are relatively easy to train, while others present their owners with greater training challenges and frustrating behavioral habits. In either case, one of the...
In this blog post from Psychology Today’s Decoding Your Pet series, Dr. Ilana Reisner reviews some basic sources of provocation and warning signs of a bite in dogs. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201412/dogs-dont-bite-out-the-blue
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