Christine Hibbard, CTC, CPDT-KA This is Dog Bite Prevention week so I thought this would be a good time to discuss the latest research and resources for understanding why dogs bite and preventing dog bites. If we can prevent dog bites to children, we ought to be able to prevent dog bites to adults, or… [Read More]
Work It Kitty!
Katherine Ayres, PhD The work-to-eat movement has grown steadily in zoos and is really starting to take hold for companion animal owners as well. For those who are not familiar with work-to-eat, the theory behind it is that cats and dogs evolved as predators and predator/scavengers respectively and should not eat food in a bowl… [Read More]
Whales, Dogs, Poop and Conservation Biology
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.
Don’t Touch Me There!
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]
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