Understanding Aggression in Dogs: It’s Complex, but Fear is a Common Cause By: Zazie Todd, PhD. Click here for original post When you can persuade a lot of dog guardians to complete a questionnaire, you can answer some really interesting questions about dog behaviour. Like, what factors are associated...
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Scaredy Dogs and Strangers – Part 2
SCAREDY DOGS AND STRANGERS – PART 2 Click for Original Post Welcome back! Today, we’re going to plow ahead with our discussion about how to help fearful or aggressive dogs feel more comfortable with visitors. If you missed my previous post on this topic, you should probably go back and...
Scaredy Dogs and Strangers – Part 1
Scaredy Dogs and Strangers – Part 1 By Dr. Jen Summerfield Click for original post Today, I want to talk about dogs who are afraid of visitors. This is one of the more common behavior issues that I’m called to help out with – but fortunately, it’s also a...
Sudden change in your dog’s behavior? He could be in pain.
Sudden change in your dog’s behavior? He could be in pain. Click Here for Original Post In our practice, we are regularly presented with dogs whose behaviors appear to have changed abruptly. Often once we take a deep dive into their histories we uncover signs that the behavior problem...
Survey Shows Which Treatments Are Effective for Fireworks Fears in Dogs
Survey Shows Which Treatments Are Effective for Fireworks Fears in Dogs Click Here for Original Post By Zazie Todd, PhD Many dogs are afraid of the bangs and whistles from fireworks, up to half according to one study. A new, large survey by Dr. Stefanie Riemer (University of Bern) shows that treatments...
Grrr… This Lap Belongs to Me!
Grrr… This Lap Belongs to Me! When I met Lucy for the first time, she rushed to greet me at the front door, happily jumping and whining as she tried frantically to lick my face. She was a 9-pound Chihuahua mix, totally adorable and totally adored by her owners,...
Food Aggression in Shelter Dogs
From the Tufts University Center for Shelter Dogs blog, Dr. Amy Marder, DMV, CAAB, shares some comments about research on food aggression in shelter dogs. http://www.centerforshelterdogs.com/Home/News/ShelterDogsBlog/tabid/79/ctl/ReadCSDBlog/mid/654/ArticleId/208/Default.aspx
Don't Spook your Pet this Halloween!
As cooler breezes send auburn leaves fluttering to the ground and kids adorn pumpkins with toothy Jack-o-Lantern grins, many of our pets are gearing up for one of their least favorite holidays. Now, any dog worth his salt could tell you that 4th of July is clearly worse than...
"Science Friday!": Research Paper Review
Dr. Maxwell summarizes and reviews a recent paper published in The Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science titled “Effects of Caregiver-Implemented Aggression Reduction Procedure on Problem Behavior of Dogs” Full Reference: Echterling-Savage, K., DiGennaro Reed, F.D., Miller, L.K., & Savage, S. (2015). Effects of Caregiver-Implemented Aggression Reduction Procedure on...
Separation Anxiety: The Great Imitator, Part 4
A conclusion to the 4-part series on differentials for separation anxiety, in which predatory behavior is considered. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201507/separation-anxiety-the-great-imitator-part-4
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