In Greek mythology, the Sirens are seductive yet dangerous creatures living on a rocky island. They sing irresistible songs to distract sailors from their intended work and lure them to shipwreck on the Sirens’ coastline.
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Do you own your dog, or are you her guardian? (I know ... if your pet is a cat, she owns you.) Do you absolutely cringe when people call their pets “fur babies,” or are you a “pet parent”? If …
In the pairing of humans with their best friends, love means humane training as well as treatment. Love is Humane Training.
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Two clarifications on behalf of fearful and feral dogs:
By RAIN JORDAN
When I was 30, an acquaintance told me that in his native language, my name means “gullible” — to which I responded, “Seriously?”
Hang around enough dog people and you will hear, “A tired dog is a good dog.” Hang around a few positive reinforcement professionals long enough, and you’ll start to count the ways it isn’t true.
In the dog world, the term “socialization” refers to what professionals believe puppies need by about three months of age to support their future chances for emotional and behavioral stability…
In a recent article, I obliquely discussed companion animal husbandry and encouraged readers to protect their pets from unnecessary distress that could risk safety. Now I’d like to offer you s…
That dogs have powerful noses is a well-known fact. The term “sniffari” is endearingly used by some dog lovers to describe the safari-like sniffing excursions that healthy dogs enjoy so much. …
You’re making that dreaded walk from your doctor’s waiting room toward the exam room, hoping against all hope to bypass the scale in the hallway. Have you ever refused to jump on? Many people …
I would like to dedicate this column to all the 501(c)3 dog rescues who work so hard, often with very little financial support, to not only save the lives of the voiceless, but to ensure their…
I worry about common dog training categorizations like “positive” or “balanced.” Two trainers may say they are positive but may mean and do entirely different things, just as two people may co…
In his book, “The Emotional Lives of Animals,” Marc Bekoff says: “When animals express their feelings they pour out like water from a spout. Animals’ emotions are raw, unfiltered, and uncontro…