Jessica Perry Hekman, DVM, PhD, tackles The Question – Is genetics absolute? In other words, can some dogs be dealt a bad hand genetically and be doomed to a life of bad behavior? She addresses real world questions like “Are pit bull-type dogs genetically aggressive toward people?” and “Is my dog aggressive because of poor socialization (my fault) or bad genetics (the breeder’s fault)?
In recent years there has been a proliferation of assistance dogs being trained for many different disabilities and conditions. In addition to guide dogs that work with the blind or those with physical limitations, many dogs are now trained to assist those with emotional and/or behavioural issues, such as children on the autistic spectrum and veterans with PTSD for example. In this post, UK dog trainer Jo Boyce explores the expanding roles of service dogs and how dogs are trained for these emerging roles.
Adopting? Fostering? A bit of preparation and some changes to your routine and house will set you and your new dog up for success, so you can focus on things that really matter. The things you wanted a dog for in the first place: taking pictures of him looking adorable while he sleeps or chewing on the squeaky squirrel toy, eating popcorn together on the couch watching Netflix, or kicking leaves in the park.
Part 3 of a 3-part series wherein German vet and dog trainer, Daniela Neika, describes the challenges SARDOGS Nepal faces in keeping their dogs healthy. She cofounded the organization which she describes in Part 1 of this series. Many of the puppies born to the SAR dogs die of infection in puppyhood. Those who survive into adulthood, often face health challenges during search missions in extreme terrain, weather conditions and high altitude. Their dog handlers face the same challenges alongside them. In Part 3, Daniela also tells the story of one dog who went blind, but whose sight was restored.
Have you ever used the term “my pack,” “dog pack” or “pack” in any other way to refer to a group of dogs? In this post trainer Kristi Benson discusses why this terminology is bad for dogs. She elaborates on behavioral differences between groups of dogs and wolves, and how wolf-pack terminology leads to training methods that cause pain and discomfort for dogs, completely unnecessarily.
Lansing, Michigan dog fighting survivors await their fate in court on 8/25/2017. The prosecutor has petition to euthanize the first group of these dogs. You may be asking yourself, “Why kill the victims of abuse?” Past survivors have taught us where to go from here. Are we listening? Survivor stories help us understand – read their stories and see how they have adjusted to a life of love and compassion with their adoptive families.