Roundup 73: Favorite Dog Articles & Videos of the Week
From a look at how praise & treats are both great motivators to our acceptance of cosmetic procedures on dogs as the norm, here’s some of my favorite dog articles of the week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Favorite Dog Articles of the Week
Brain Scans Show Your Dog Loves You and Food
Interesting new study that found while dogs do enjoy both praise & food when it comes to training there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ answer to the perfect motivator in every given situation.
The takeaway is that dogs, like people, are individuals, and that there is a spectrum of motivations. Some prefer food, some prefer praise, and many like both equally. Know which your dog prefers!
Dogs Process Language Like Us, but What Do They Understand?
Thought provoking article that brings up the question of understanding. We know our dogs understand certain verbal commands, but can we ever really know how similar that understanding is to our own?
Separation Anxiety: Two Truths and a Lie
Great look at how separation anxiety is often misunderstood, and a reminder that it’s a syndrome caused by fear & anxiety – not spite.
Nobody knows how many dogs in the U.S. have separation anxiety. One marketing survey found that 17% of all dog owners reported that their dogs had symptoms consistent with separation anxiety. What’s better documented is that dogs with separation anxiety make up about one-out-of-five dogs seen at veterinary behavior clinics.
3 Ways to Make Training Stick: Easy Ways to Get Your Dog to Listen to You
Great list of simple things you can do to make dog training easier & more fun for both you & your dog.
You’ve already taught your dog good manners, why should you have to do more? Because, like people, dogs do better when they get a little more support, attention, and instruction.
4 Compelling Reasons to Feed Treats at the Vet’s
Many pets are nervous at the vets office which not only affects their behavior but the care they receive as well. This in-depth article looks at all the positives to using treats at the vets to lessen the stress.
Why feed treats? The technical term is counterconditioning (CC), and that is about changing associations, and feeding fabulous treats, in order to reduce fear.
What Many Americans Don’t Understand About Designer Dogs
This post looks at the practices of tail docking & ear cropping and what implications they may have for the way dogs are perceived and their ability to communicate.
Von Keyserlingk, a co-author of the study, said she thinks the results indicate that many people have come to accept dogs’ typical appearances at face value, not as products of centuries of human decisions.
Favorite Dog Videos of the Week
Inside a doggie retirement home.
Another inspiring rescue by Hope for Paws.
Just in case anyone hasn’t seen this classic.