Month: December 2015

Dogs Learn to Associate Words with Objects Differently Than Humans Do!

Dogs Learn to Associate Words with Objects Differently Than Humans Do! Your dog knows the names of his favorite toys and various agility obstacles. But just how does he associate the names with these items?     Image Credit: Claudia Bensimoun   Although many of us wonder at the way our dogs know which objects…

Do Dogs Engage in Riskier Behavior When Their Self-Control is Depleted? Dogs Are Just Like Humans!

Do Dogs Engage in Riskier Behavior When Their Self-Control is Depleted? Dogs Are Just Like Humans!     Image Credit: Claudia Bensimoun The fun and playful nature of dogs can lead to mischievous behavior. Often we are faced with a destructive scene of mischief; or we catch our dogs when they are up to no…

Generalize or Personalize? Do Dogs Transfer an Acquired Rule to Novel Situations and Persons?

Generalize or Personalize – Do Dogs Transfer an Acquired Rule to Novel Situations and Persons?  Claudia Bensimoun     Dogs have always been great at understanding communicative signals given by trainers, handlers and their owners. When we think about all the different ways that dogs work with us, and how they have become such an…

New Study Finds Environmental Factors Can Affect The Incidence of Hip Dysplasia

New Study Finds Environmental Factors Can Affect The Incidence of Hip Dysplasia Claudia Bensimoun A study by Norwegian researcher Dr. Randy Krontveit at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science indicates that conditions in early puppyhood can affect the appearance or severity of hip dysplasia in genetically predisposed dogs.     Image Credit: Claudia Bensimoun  …

Cruelty-Free Cosmetics

Animals. (PETA As a concerned consumer it’s necessary to study the product labels and confirm that nothing was made in China. China law requires that all products sold in China have to be tested on animals. “In the U.S., tests on animals are permitted, but not required, for cosmetics,” says Nordstrom.To further complicate an already…

Dogs Take on War With Rhino Poachers in Africa

More than 1000 rhinos were illegally massacred in South Africa in 2014. ‘Triple-role’ sniffer dogs that are trained as anti-poaching dogs, together with their handlers, who are often wildlife conservationists, are trying to save some of the world’s most endangered species at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. The increasing demand in Asia for rhino horn…

Fashion For Fido! Canine Fashion Follows Human Fashion Trends!

  Nowadays, most dog lovers know their canines need protective clothing to protect them from the elements. That said, many canine apparel lines are no longer strictly utilitarian, and will feature everything you love about your own favorite fashion brands. For example, Maple Leash is a Canadian animal clothing company that offers a large collection…

Rooibos Tea For Dogs!

  It’s rich in vitamin C, and boasts two flavonoids called quercetin and luteolin, which have cancer-fighting properties. “Quercetin is (also) nature’s natural antihistamine,” adds dog behaviorist and wellness advisor Karen Rosenfeld. Rooibos has been shown to help with allergies and hot spots, digestive issues and stress in people and dogs. Some holistic veterinarians are…

Doga For Dogs!

Doga For Dogs! Redefining Healing!       Fido may have fun playing Frisbee or taking long hikes, but in recent years new trends have been emerging with pet parents routinely pampering their dogs with Doga and spiritually inclined fitness gurus that work toward Fido’s health of both body and mind.  Today non-traditional healing techniques…

The Right Amount of Stress May Be Beneficial To Your Dog

Increasing Arousal Enhances Inhibitory Control In Calm But Not Excitable Dogs, And Just May Be Beneficial For Your Dog.     Image Credit: Claudia Bensimoun We’ve all wondered whether our dogs perform better under stress. What if they’re subjected to high levels of stress or too little stress? Does this affect their performance? Are dogs…