Do Some Cats Respond Quietly to Catnip?

Young kittens don't have an active response to catnip. But if you think your cat does not respond to catnip, maybe it's just a quiet response, according to a recent study.Photo: Prasom Boonpong / ShutterstockIt is widely believed some cats respond to catnip and some cats don’t. A recent study throws that into question by suggesting almost all cats respond to catnip – it’s just that some of them do so in a quiet manner.…

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Companion Animal Psychology Book Club February 2018

"...Bradshaw explains how an affinity for animals drove human evolution and how now, without animals around us, we risk losing an essential part of ourselves."The Companion Animal Psychology Book Club choice for February 2018 is The Animals Among Us: How Pets Make Us Human by John Bradshaw. In the UK, the title is The Animals Among Us: The New Science of Anthrozoology.From the inside cover,"In The Animals Among Us, anthrozoologist John Bradshaw argues that pet-keeping…

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Dogs’ Attention Declines with Age – But Training Helps

Older dogs with a history of lifelong training perform better on measures of attention.Photo: Mary Lynn Strand / ShutterstockWe know that as people get older, they may experience cognitive decline including in attention. We are used to hearing that doing lots of different activities that engage the brain may help to ward off some of these changes. It turns out that may also be the case for dogs.As dogs get older, they experience a decline…

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Dogs’ Attention Declines with Age – But Training Helps

Older dogs with a history of lifelong training perform better on measures of attention.Photo: Mary Lynn Strand / ShutterstockWe know that as people get older, they may experience cognitive decline including in attention. We are used to hearing that doing lots of different activities that engage the brain may help to ward off some of these changes. It turns out that may also be the case for dogs.As dogs get older, they experience a decline…

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Proper Socialization and Listen Harder

The latest in the 'better world' series about dogs and cats.These are the latest images in the series about how to make the world better for dogs and how to make the world better for cats.If you would like to share them, simply mouse over the image, or you can share direct from my Facebook or Twitter feeds if you prefer.I have not had much time for blogging lately because of other commitments, but I…

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The Pet People to Follow in 2018

The canine and feline scientists, pet professionals, bloggers and organizations to follow on social media in 2018.Photo: Ramon Espelt Photography (Shutterstock)Are you looking for some new accounts to follow in 2018? I’ve updated my list of some of the best people and organizations to follow on Twitter and Facebook if you’re interested in companion animals, science, and the human-animal bond.Not only do they produce great content of their own, they also have a varied feed…

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Let Them Sniff and Early Socialization

Two recent posts considered how to make the world better for dogs and how to make the world better for cats. An incredible set of experts gave their answers to the questions, with wonderful ideas for a better world for our animals.I am making images for each answer to share on social media.These are the first two. I am working my way through in somewhat random order (not truly random because if I happen to…

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The Posts of the Year 2017

The most popular blog posts on dogs and cats in 2017.It’s been a busy year! It ends with the news that my post The Ultimate Dog Training Tip has won the Captain Haggerty Award for best dog training book or article in the Dog Writer's Association of America awards. And I was honoured that Companion Animal Psychology was one of three finalists for Canada’s Favourite Science Blog. As well, I now have a blog at Psychology Today,…

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