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

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Are you curious about canine vocalizations? Check out these definitions!

I’ve been researching ethograms the past week and thought this one offers wonderfully detailed descriptions of canine vocalizations. Take a look! From EthoSearch.com Source Cohen, J. A. & Fox, M. W. 1976. Vocalizations in wild canids and possible effects of … Continue reading

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Dogs and cats have more similarities than you might think!

About a year ago, I was reading a post on Patricia McConnell’s blog, The Other End of the Leash, where she was discussing tool use in nonhuman animals, specifically as seen in the domestic dog. There was a wonderful comment … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – Quinn likes his privacy during bathroom time

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Have you seen Quinn the Dog at the beach?

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