Companion Animal Psychology News November 2017

Make sure you haven't missed a thing with the latest newsletter from Companion Animal Psychology.Some of my favourites from around the web this month“Nobody wants to say goodbye to these adorable dogs for ever, but the truth is that it’s wrong to create animals that are destined to suffer.” Veterinarian Pete Wedderburn on how to improve the health of brachycephalic breeds such as Pugs and Bulldogs.Dogs can promote friendliness just by hanging out by John…

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Five Things To Do For Your Cat Today

Want to make your cat happier? Here are some things you can do right now to make your feline feel blissful.Photo: Dmitry Nesterov / ShutterstockCats are wonderful creatures. When we understand them, we can use that information to make them happier. Here are five things to do for your cat today – and a bonus one to work on over time.1. Make time to play with your cat11% of cats have no toys, according to…

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Why Do Dogs Play?

A new paper finds there are many reasons why dogs play – and play is not always a sign of good welfare.There’s nothing cuter than watching puppies play together. But why do they do it? It turns out play has several functions, not just one. A new review, by Rebecca Sommerville (Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh) et al, considers four theories about why dogs play, and finds evidence in support of…

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Companion Animal Psychology Book Club November 2017

"It will forever change how we see our aquatic cousins - the pet goldfish included."The Companion Animal Psychology Book Club choice for November 2017 is What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins by Jonathan Balcombe.From the back cover,"Do fishes think? Do they really have three-second memories? And can they recognize the humans who peer back at them from above the surface of the water? In What a Fish Knows, the myth-busting…

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Dogs Sleep Badly After a Stressful Experience

Dogs fall asleep faster but get less deep sleep after a bad experience compared to after a good experience.Photo: Karen Laventure (Shutterstock)We all know the feeling when something bad happens in the day and then we just can’t sleep at night. It turns out that, just like humans, dogs’ sleep is affected by bad experiences – but the effects are not quite the same.A new paper by Dr. Anna Kis (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) (including…

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Finalist for Canada’s Favourite Science Blog

Companion Animal Psychology is a finalist in the People’s Choice Award for Canada’s Favourite Science Blog.Companion Animal Psychology is one of three finalists in the People’s Choice Award for Canada’s Favourite Science Blog.It is a real honour and I am thrilled. Thank you very much for your support!And thank you to Science Borealis and Science Writers and Communicators of Canada for organizing the competition.The winner will be announced on Thursday November 2nd.Check out the other…

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What Is Positive Punishment in Dog Training?

Everything you need to know about the use of positive punishment in dog training.Photo: JJ Photographer/ShutterstockIf you are a new dog owner, or even if you’ve been around dogs for a while, this article is for you. It covers the technical definition of positive punishment, examples of what it is, what we know about the risks of using it and what professional organizations advise.Let’s get the technical definition out of the way first.What is positive…

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Companion Animal Psychology News October 2017

Make sure you  haven't missed a thing with the latest newsletter from Companion Animal Psychology.Some of my favourites from around the web this monthKate Mornement PhD has written a great series about enrichment, starting with Wild at Heart: Why enrichment is essential for your pets’ well-being and with lots of ideas for enrichment for dogs  and for cats."Laterality is an ancient inherited characteristic and is widespread in the animal kingdom, in both vertebrates and invertebrates." I’ve…

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Lock-In for Love

You can help the animals at the BC SPCA Maple Ridge by donating to Lock-In for Love.The animals are getting worried.On Sunday, October 22nd, staff, volunteers and local celebrities will be locked into kennels with a furry friend.They have to raise bail money to get out.All of the funds raised will help the BC SPCA Maple Ridge.But what if they don’t raise bail? The animals are worried their dinners may be late…You can help now…

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Two New Posts: Dog Walking and Favourites

Two posts look at dog walking behaviour and my personal favourite blog posts.This week I have two new posts for you.At my Psychology Today blog Fellow Creatures, I look at some new research on the links between dog ownership, dog walking, physical health, and the human-animal bond.“What I was excited about were the associations we found between the strength of the bond with the dog and dog-walking behaviour,” said Dr. Jessica Bibbo, one of the…

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