Study outlines reasons to ban electronic collars for dogs

A review of the scientific research finds there are risks to using electronic collars in dog training and says it's time for a ban.Photo: Parilov / ShutterstockLast year, a position statement from the European College of Veterinary Clinical Ethologists argued against the use of electronic collars in dog training and for a Europe-wide ban on their sale and use.  Now an article in the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour by Masson et al explains the reasons…

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Des « paysages d’attracteurs » pour mieux comprendre les systèmes dynamiques complexes

Une grève étudiante improbable se met en branle au Québec au début de l’année 2012. Comme d’habitude on s’attend à un retour en classe une semaine ou deux après. Mais ça durera des mois pour se transformer en un mouvement social qui viendra à bout du gouvernement Charest. D’autres luttent depuis des décennies pour une représentation qui reflète mieux la volonté populaire au parlement en demandant un mode de scrutin avec une composante proportionnelle. Et…

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The Facts around FACT – Part 1

Debe Griffin, MSc, ASQ CPGP, has over 20 years of experience in the cell therapy field, both in bench positions and in leadership. Her primary interests are process improvement, quality assurance and regulatory affairs. She is a consultant with FACT Consulting Services as well as Chimera TQM. She has over a decade of experience as a FACT inspector and auditor. In this month’s post, invited guest blogger Debe Griffin discusses the changes to the Foundation for…

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The one question to ask yourself before starting a new exercise program

I see a lot of articles about the most “effective” or “efficient” form of exercise.  These often focus on pretty intense forms of exercise, like high intensity interval training (HIIT).  The focus of these articles are usually either that this type of workout will give you more benefits than your other forms of exercise (“using HIIT in resistance training could be the key to supercharging your strength gains“), or that the exercise will give you…

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The Train for Rewards Blog Party is Now Live!

The Train for Rewards Blog Party is now live with posts from many talented bloggers exploring the topic of reward-based training.Check it out here.Then share your favourite posts on social media.And share a photo of your pet on social media with the hashtag #TrainforRewards.The blog party is hosted by Companion Animal Psychology. Thank  you to everyone who is taking part, whether by blogging or sharing your pet's photo on social media.

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Why doesn’t all the GTA get taken up?

I've been modelling the production and uptake of GTA particles in a culture, hoping to understand the cause of the surprising GTA-accumulation curve I described in the previous post.  But this has led me to a more fundamental surprise.Only a very small fraction of the cells in a GTA+ culture produce GTA particles and lyse, and all the other cells are able to bind GTA particles and take up their DNA.  So why doesn't all…

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The Train for Rewards Photo Post

Do you use rewards to train your dog or cat (or other pet)? Show you support reward-based training by posting a photo of your pet below.By popular request, this post is part of the #Train4Rewards blog party hosted here at Companion Animal Psychology.Add your pet’s photo, then share on social media with the hashtag #Train4Rewards. An InLinkz Link-upThe photo link-up is open until 8am Pacific time on Saturday 16th June, when the full list of…

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Gene therapy makes inroads to help patients — and clear its name

Adeno-associated virus is being used in gene therapy to shuttle healthy genes into the body. Credit: WikiMediaCommons Plagued by failures of early human studies from the 1990s, including the death of a patient, gene therapy is making a comeback with promising results. And it has a tiny virus to thank. After the first 2012 European gene therapy approval for a liver disease, and last year’s first U.S. approval of a therapy for blindness, a revamped…

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The Best Dog Training Treats

What are the best treats to use when training your dog? From the right size and nutritional composition to what dogs love best, this is a user-friendly guide to the best dog training treats.Photo: Rattanawan Thubthed / ShutterstockWhether you’re new to training or a seasoned pro, using the right treats is an important part of dog training because you have to be able to motivate your dog.Food is a commonly-used reward in dog training for…

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