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Click and… Always Treat? Or Not?

22 Sep

He has done a lot of work with scent detection dogs fascinating projects related to teaching dogs to find endangered species and argues that good training capitalizes on the “seeking system,” the click, if you are a clicker trainer not the “liking system” or the treat that comes after the click.

via Click and… Always Treat? Or Not?.

Does a Person’s Familiarity Affect a Dog’s Obedience? | Psychology Today

22 Sep

Most of us feel that our dogs respond best to us, their owners, and some of us may not be sure that our dogs can be as reliably controlled by other people — not just strangers but even people who that are familiar to him.

via Does a Person’s Familiarity Affect a Dog’s Obedience? | Psychology Today.

Gassy Lassie | Modern Dog magazine

21 Sep

If illness has been ruled out, a few ways to reduce flatulence are to change your dog’s food to a higher quality diet of whole foods devoid of fillers while simultaneously slowing down his eating by feeding a series of smaller meals or using a specially designed obstacle dish.

via Gassy Lassie | Modern Dog magazine.

Why dogs don’t like to be hugged | MNN – Mother Nature Network

20 Sep

Do dogs really like hugs? The short answer is not really. But the full answer is much more complex.

via Why dogs don’t like to be hugged | MNN – Mother Nature Network.

What Does a Dog’s Tilted Head Mean? Language of Dogs Author Explains

20 Sep

Much like us, pups communicate with body language, using their faces, tails, and ears, says trainer Justin Silver, author of The Language of Dogs.

via What Does a Dog’s Tilted Head Mean? Language of Dogs Author Explains.

Dog Brains Link Pleasure With Owner’s Scent – News Watch

20 Sep

The researchers found that the dogs’ caudate nucleus, an area of the brain associated with positive expectations, was most activated by the scent of the familiar person.

via Dog Brains Link Pleasure With Owner’s Scent – News Watch.

at the vet clinic: the three things you need to do to help your doc diagnose disease

19 Sep

What’s going on is the animal’s natural self-preservation mechanism. Pain and illness are viewed as signs of weakness by predators and weaker animals end up as dinner.

via at the vet clinic: the three things you need to do to help your doc diagnose disease.

Deaf and Blind Dogs Are Just Like Other Dogs

19 Sep

Through cooperative partnerships between veterinarians, behaviorists, and dog owners, blind and deaf dogs can be excellent and well-loved companion dogs.

via Deaf and Blind Dogs Are Just Like Other Dogs.

Does Alzheimer’s Disease Affect Dogs and Cats? | petMD

19 Sep

Many people are somewhat familiar with Alzheimer’s disease, but few know that dogs and cats can also suffer from a similar condition known as cognitive dysfunction.

via Does Alzheimer’s Disease Affect Dogs and Cats? | petMD.

ASPCA Mobile App Helps Pet Parents Be Prepared

18 Sep

This free app shows pet parents exactly what to do in case of a natural disaster.

via ASPCA Mobile App Helps Pet Parents Be Prepared | ASPCA.

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