Katherine Ayres will be giving a lecture about her PhD project where she trained her scent detection dog to find whale scat in Puget Sound. Katherine is analyzing these scat samples to determine the health and welfare of the whales. Katherine wrote an article titled Whales, Dogs, Poop and Conservation Biology about her exciting work…. [Read More]
The Center for Conservation Biology, a non-profit nested in the University of Washington, is not only doing wildlife forensics, but they also train dogs to track poop (or “scat”) from endangered species.
Louisa Beal, DVM Mario, a West Highland White Terrier had snapped at a two year old girl. If Mario couldn’t be trusted around children, his owners would have to get rid of him. The knee jerk response to this would be to try to modify the behavior of the dog. Mario’s behavior is definitely unacceptable. … [Read More]
Katherine Ayres, PhD It happens almost without fail. I am in a private behavior consultation explaining the use of “high value rewards” for training a dog (which are almost always people food, not dog treats you buy at the store), and the owners look at each other then look back at me and say, “Oh… [Read More]
Christine Hibbard, CTC, CPDT 1. When did you begin your blog? We began our blog in September 2007. 2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog? Like many businesses that start a blog, we wanted to drive traffic to our web site but it was more than that. We’re passionate about educating pet… [Read More]