Tag Archives: dogs

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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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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Wordless Wednesday Furry Head Style

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Does your dog drink from the center of his water bowl? Quinn the Dog always keeps to the sides…..

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I’ve often wondered about an odd habit Quinn displays when drinking water from his bowl in the kitchen; as he’s lapping up gulp after gulp he sticks close to the sides, never drinking from the center of the dish. He … Continue reading

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Can you see the differences in body language between these two pictures of Quinn the Dog?

I thought it would be a good exercise to find two photos of Quinn and discuss his body language. The photos I’ve chosen show Quinn standing in a similar fashion but with very different facial expressions that betray very different … Continue reading

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What do you say when a dog owner corrects reasonable verbal warnings, like growling?

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Last week Quinn and I visited a small dog park, which offers a quiet space to relax at the end of the day. Upon arriving I noticed a nice scene a short distance off of German Shepard Dog and his … Continue reading

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Do you agree that it’s important to learn how to read dog body language?

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In the introduction to her book “Canine Body Language” Brenda Aloff does an excellent job explaining the importance of gaining knowledge and understanding of dog body language. She emphasizes the fact that, “…dog behaviour is not random, despite how it … Continue reading

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Capturing is an easy way to help your dog identify rewarding behaviors!

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When it comes down to it, the whole point of obedience training is to develop ways to communicate with your dog. If you have clear concise ways of communicating with one another you and your dog are going to be … Continue reading

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