Category Archives: Dog Blog

What is life like for today’s American dogs?

Sue Sternberg shared some great overall concepts to consider about the life of a modern dog. In the United States, much has changed over the years to effect the daily lives of dogs. From her lecture, “Predicting and Handling Aggression” … Continue reading

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“Predicting and Handling Aggression” in dogs, a lecture with Sue Sternberg

I’m in the process of watching an excellent series of lectures on dvd, “Predicting and Handling Aggression,” given by Sue Sternberg (2011). She just mentioned an interesting aside that I thought I’d share. When talking about what a “friendly” dog … Continue reading

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Thoughts on communication as a way to better understand dog behavior

The domestic dog spends the majority of his/her life interacting with an utterly noncanine animal, the human. Many dogs today live as the minority species in a household without other dogs and often they are required to interact more with … Continue reading

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Idea for future research in dog behavior!

Within the past five years there has been increased interest in whether the emotional lives of nonhuman animals (henceforth referred to as ‘animal’) can be measured using tests of cognitive bias, also referred to in the literature as ‘cognitive-affective bias’ … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on love as a primary reason for treating companion animals kindly.

As much as I appreciate the concept of ‘love’ as a shared experience for humans and their companion animals I get a bit nervous when love is pointed to as a reason to care for and support these other animals. … Continue reading

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What do you think is going on in this clever dog’s head?

I’d love to hear any thoughts, reactions, questions about this video! Do you think the dog was intentionally trying to turn on the water? If yes, what does he do that makes you think that it’s safe to apply intention … Continue reading

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Study concludes dogs don’t communicate with humans in order to inform human of things human does not know.

“Dogs are especially skilful at comprehending human communicative signals. This raises the question of whether they are also able to produce such signals flexibly, specifically, whether they helpfully produce indicative (‘showing’) behaviours to inform an ignorant human. In experiment 1, … Continue reading

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Should understanding dog body language be seen as a public policy issue?

Last semester I took Paul Waldau’s course, Animals in Public Policy and the Law, where we explored the many aspects of how nonhuman animals are impacted by our often human-centered (Waldau, 2011) policy making. We read about past and current … Continue reading

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Are you familiar with the website Beyond Cesar Millian?

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Beyond Cesar Millan is a fantastic website that explains why the training techniques and methods utilized by the TV personality, Cesar Millan, are controversial. When considering Millan’s impact it is essential to realize that his methods of interaction with and … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday b/c we’re too tired round here to write!

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