I recently received a questionÂ from a reader:
My 16-month-old Standard Poodle, Ellie, has a problem. She is a certified therapy dog who has worked in nursing homes and also works with children in a reading program at a local library. With that said, Ellie piddles when my daughter (who happens to be a vet tech) tries to speak to her. Ellie doesnâ€™t do this with anyone but my daughter. My daughter feels really bad. What can we do to stop this?
I recently received a question from a reader:
My 16-month-old Standard Poodle, Ellie, has a problem. She is a certified therapy dog who has worked in nursing homes and also works with children in a reading program at a local library. With that said, Ellie piddles when my daughter (who happens to be a vet tech) tries to speak to her. Ellie doesn’t do this with anyone but my daughter. My daughter feels really bad. What can we do to stop this?
Like many of you, I hate going to the dentist.
I actually like my current dentist as a person, but I hate what his profession represents to me: pain. His name is Dr. Greg Mann, and as the world’s most patient dentist he is helping me learn to trust his kind again. He’s doing that in much the same way I help scared dogs learn to trust their environment again. I’ll explain how below; first a little more about my unlucky history with dentists.
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The Pet Professional Guild posted an “open letter” denouncing shock collar use, and I could not agree more.
There is no need or valid reason to shock, poke, hang, hit, or throw chains at your dog, or to spray water in his face or hurl him to the ground on his back (called an alpha roll). None. Please read that sentence again. If someone in your circle insists that a dog is attempting to “dominate” you and thus needs harsh training, please invite them to read this column as well as the “open letter” at the bottom of this column, written by one of the world’s largest groups of dog industry professionals. Please also invite them to Google “dominance theory debunked.”
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Dr. Hekman is studying the brains of dogs to help us better understand the genomics of canine behavior.
Have you heard? A dog zombie exists!
Don’t worry, I’m not talking about an undead canine who craves brains, but about scientist Dr. Jessica Hekman, who studies dog brains and goes by the nickname The Dog Zombie. She is one of those rare, highly intelligent humans who has retained a sense of humor while obtaining degree after degree after degree.
Her first degree came from Harvard University. Next she enrolled in a five-year program to obtain her DVM and a master’s degree from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, where she had an internal dialogue about focusing on clinical medicine or research. Her interest in research won the debate, and she has been looking at the most important decision-making apparatus in dogs: the brain. Dr. Hekman is now completing her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying the genomics of dog behavior.
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