Companion Animal Psychology News July 2017

July’s round-up of the latest news on cats and dogs.Some of my favourites from around the web Dr. Rebecca Ledger uses the Five Domains model for forensic animal behaviour analysis by Kat Littlewood and David Mellor PhD. How the mental experiences of animals can be inferred for animal cruelty prosecutions in Canada.Remember to play. Trumping animals and their homes: Seeing light in dark times by Marc Bekoff PhD. Some advice on how to maintain hope in…

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Companion Animal Psychology News July 2017

July’s round-up of the latest news on cats and dogs.Some of my favourites from around the web Dr. Rebecca Ledger uses the Five Domains model for forensic animal behaviour analysis by Kat Littlewood and David Mellor PhD. How the mental experiences of animals can be inferred for animal cruelty prosecutions in Canada.Remember to play. Trumping animals and their homes: Seeing light in dark times by Marc Bekoff PhD. Some advice on how to maintain hope in…

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What Your Cat’s Nose Knows

There’s a lot more to your cat’s nose than you think.Do you ever pay much attention to that cute little nose your cat has? We’re used to thinking of dogs as being all about smells – but it turns out cats are very much into scent too. A literature review by Kristyn Vitale Shreve and Monique Udell (Oregon State University) explains what we know about the importance of olfaction and chemical detection to cats, from…

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What Your Cat’s Nose Knows

There’s a lot more to your cat’s nose than you think.Do you ever pay much attention to that cute little nose your cat has? We’re used to thinking of dogs as being all about smells – but it turns out cats are very much into scent too. A literature review by Kristyn Vitale Shreve and Monique Udell (Oregon State University) explains what we know about the importance of olfaction and chemical detection to cats, from…

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Rewards, Welfare and the Animal’s Perspective in Training

Taking the animal’s perspective, and other highlights from the Train for Rewards blog party.Recently, 28 other blogs joined me in the Train for Rewards blog party to celebrate what we can do with reward-based training of our companion animals, and to encourage people to give it a try.There were some truly brilliant posts. Thank you to everyone who took part and helped to make it such a success for the second year in a row.It’s…

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Rewards, Welfare and the Animal’s Perspective in Training

Taking the animal’s perspective, and other highlights from the Train for Rewards blog party.Recently, 28 other blogs joined me in the Train for Rewards blog party to celebrate what we can do with reward-based training of our companion animals, and to encourage people to give it a try.There were some truly brilliant posts. Thank you to everyone who took part and helped to make it such a success for the second year in a row.It’s…

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Happy Canada Day!

A photo-essay of dogs and cats to celebrate Canada's 150 years. Happy Birthday, Canada!Two dogs playing at Lake Louise. Photo: Ravensfoot (Shutterstock).Beautiful dog and red maple leaves in BC. Photo: Bad Monkey Photography.A border collie and expansive skies in Alberta. Photo: Hai Diec (Shutterstock).A cat enjoys the sunshine and views of Vancouver. Photo: Marianne Catafesta (Shutterstock)A dog looks out at the sea and a lighthouse in Nova Scotia. Photo: Greg and Jan Ritchie (Shutterstock)A Wire…

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Did We Evolve to Love Dogs?

Is part of the reason dogs manage to wrap their paws around our hearts because we're predisposed to love them?Guest post by Kristi Benson CTC."...a tendency in people to seek relationships with the natural world." Photo: Paddlepooch (Shutterstock).Biophilia means, simply put, a focus on life and living things. Some researchers would even say it’s a love of living things. It has been used to refer to a tendency in people to seek relationships with the…

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Companion Animal Psychology News June 2017

Favourite posts, photos and podcasts of the last month.Some of my favourites from around the web“None of us see animals clearly.  They’re too full of the stories we’ve given them.” What animals taught me about being human by Helen MacDonaldCan dogs help solve our childhood obesity problem? Hal Herzog PhD on childhood obesity and dog ownership.Sniffing kitten butts for science  to find out how mother cats recognize their kittens, by Mikel Delgado PhD.Should we call…

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What Helps Shelter Dogs Get Adopted and Stay in Homes?

A new literature review looks at how shelters can increase adoptions and reduce animal relinquishment.The review, by Dr. Alexandra Protopopova (Texas Tech University) and Lisa Gunter, looks at the factors that affect adoption rates, the effects of interventions, and how to decrease the numbers of people giving their dogs to shelters (or returning dogs after adoption). The review is important because it will help shelters to know about evidence-based ways to reduce the number of…

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