You walk in your front door and instead of the usual full-body-wag greeting you're accustomed to, Rover appears at your feet, head bowed, shoulders hunched, ears back. You glance around and notice the contents of your garbage strewn about. You assume his greeting is because he feels guilty for this egregious misdeed and that he knows he did wrong, but are you right? Science and … [Read more...] about Innocent until proven guilty: do dogs feel guilty?
Training and Behaviour
This can be a confusing time for pets with new smells, guests and strange new things in the house. The last thing you want is to spend Christmas day at the Emergency Vet Clinic. Here are some basic tips to make sure everyone in the family enjoys a safe and happy holiday: Christmas trees can be fascinating for cats and dogs alike – never … [Read more...] about Living with dogs: tips for the holidays
A few weeks ago I received a call from someone with a new pup looking for a trainer. Unfortunately she was already convinced that the combination of a choke chain and shock collar was the fastest and best way to get the job done and there wasn't much I could do to dissuade her so needless to say we did not end up working together. She no doubt found someone who was happy to … [Read more...] about Why ‘how’ we train matters: Notes from the Guide Dog Users of Canada Conference
When it comes to dogs humping, I think there are two kinds of people: the gigglers and the mortified. I’ll leave why that is up to others to ponder but I would like to shed some light on what it means in terms of canine behavior. Some dogs will mount other dogs or humans while others prefer to cozy up to inanimate objects such as a favourite toy (theirs) or sofa cushion … [Read more...] about When every day is hump day: what to do about mounting
I recently spent several months deciding whether to switch from a PC to Apple's new Macbook Pro. It wasn't just the expense; after all, hadn't I been using a PC for 20 years and always managed to get the job done? True, but there were EPIC battles along the way (those of you with Windows Vista can surely relate). If I didn't know better I would have sworn the machine was out … [Read more...] about Your Dog is Not Your Adversary