Invitation to the 2017 Train for Rewards Blog Pary

Join pet bloggers and dog trainers in supporting reward-based training. #Train4RewardsAre you a blogger? Do you support reward-based training for dogs and other animals? Would you like to take part in the #Train4Rewards blog party?You are invited to write a blog post about reward-based training of dogs or other companion animals, post it on your own blog on the set date, then come and share a link to it here. Bloggers from anywhere in the…

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Companion Animal Psychology News May 2017

This month's news and favourite stories from around the web.Some of my favourites from around the web this month…An anonymous article from the owner of a reactive dog that resonated with many people. "It is painful for me to have to portray my dog as some kind of devil dog to you to get my point across. He really is not; he is funny, intelligent, and the most loving dog I know."A thoughtful post from…

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Companion Animal Psychology News May 2017

This month's news and favourite stories from around the web.Some of my favourites from around the web this month…An anonymous article from the owner of a reactive dog that resonated with many people. "It is painful for me to have to portray my dog as some kind of devil dog to you to get my point across. He really is not; he is funny, intelligent, and the most loving dog I know."A thoughtful post from…

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Companion Animal Psychology Tee Raises Funds for Charity

Wearable artwork. All proceeds to the BC SPCA Maple Ridge.I am very excited to launch the Companion Animal Psychology t-shirt today. Isn’t the design gorgeous?!100% of the proceeds will go to the BC SPCA Maple Ridge. This is the shelter where I have been a regular volunteer for the last 5 years. The funds raised will make a tremendous difference to the dogs, cats and small animals.Jennifer Stack, shelter manager, says “Thank you so much…

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Companion Animal Psychology Tee Raises Funds for Charity

Wearable artwork. All proceeds to the BC SPCA Maple Ridge.I am very excited to launch the Companion Animal Psychology t-shirt today. Isn’t the design gorgeous?!100% of the proceeds will go to the BC SPCA Maple Ridge. This is the shelter where I have been a regular volunteer for the last 5 years. The funds raised will make a tremendous difference to the dogs, cats and small animals.Jennifer Stack, shelter manager, says “Thank you so much…

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Potential Causes of Problems in Pet Store Puppies

A review of the research finds pet store puppies are more likely to be aggressive as adults, and considers the reasons why.Amy Laurel Photography (Shutterstock)Several studies have found puppies that come from commercial breeding establishments (CBEs) have a higher rate of behaviour problems than those from responsible breeders. A new review by Frank McMillan looks at the evidence from seven published studies, and then turns to the literature on puppy development to consider the possible…

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Potential Causes of Problems in Pet Store Puppies

A review of the research finds pet store puppies are more likely to be aggressive as adults, and considers the reasons why.Amy Laurel Photography (Shutterstock)Several studies have found puppies that come from commercial breeding establishments (CBEs) have a higher rate of behaviour problems than those from responsible breeders. A new review by Frank McMillan looks at the evidence from seven published studies, and then turns to the literature on puppy development to consider the possible…

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Companion Animal Psychology Book Club May 2017

The book of the month is Dog Sense by John Bradshaw.The Companion Animal Psychology Book Club choice for May 2017 is Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You A Better Friend to Your Pet by John Bradshaw.For our UK friends, the book is called In Defence of Dogs: Why dogs need our understanding.From the inside cover,"The dog has been mankind's faithful companion for tens of thousands of years yet today…

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Companion Animal Psychology Book Club May 2017

The book of the month is Dog Sense by John Bradshaw.The Companion Animal Psychology Book Club choice for May 2017 is Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You A Better Friend to Your Pet by John Bradshaw.For our UK friends, the book is called In Defence of Dogs: Why dogs need our understanding.From the inside cover,"The dog has been mankind's faithful companion for tens of thousands of years yet today…

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People Mistakenly Think Anxious Dogs Are Relaxed Around Baby

Dog owners are even worse than non-dog owners at interpreting canine body language in interactions with children, according to research.Young children, in particular, are at risk of getting bitten by dogs. According to the AVMA, between 2010 and 2012 359,223 children in the US were bitten by dogs. Younger children are most often bitten in the home by a dog they live with (Reisner et al 2011). To prevent dog bites, it's best not to…

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