Day: January 3, 2016

Social Referencing in Dog-Owner Dyads. Do dogs get information from their owners before reacting toward a potentially scary object?

Do Dogs Get Information From Their Owners Before Reacting Toward a Potentially Scary Object?     Naci Berkoz and Contact Points Will share a moment together. Photo courtesy of ContactPointPhotography.com. Overview Social referencing is the seeking of information from another individual to form one’s own understanding and guide action. In a study, adult dogs were…

Stress in Performance Dogs: What We Can Learn from Fukushima. Studies show that dogs that have experienced stressful or traumatic events can show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Studies show that dogs that have experienced stressful or traumatic events can show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)     This Jack Russell Terrier doesn’t look stressed on course. Does your dog? Photo courtesy of ¬†ContactPointPhotography.com. Dogs that experience stressful or traumatic events can carry psychological trauma. Walk through any postmeltdown Fukushima dog shelter…

Dogs May Understand the Human Point of View! A new study shows that dogs make decisions about stealing food based on whether the lights are on or off.

A new study shows that dogs make decisions about stealing food based on whether the lights are on or off. Image Credit: Claudia Bensimoun Call it a revelation. A new study shows that dogs are much more capable of understanding different situations from a human’s point of view than previously thought. What have they learned?…

Why Wolves Are Wild, But Dogs Are “Man’s Best Friend”

A new study reveals that if you want to socialize a dog with a human or a horse, all you need is 90 minutes to introduce them between the ages of four and eight weeks. With wolf pups, it takes 24 hours!     A wolf pup explores his environment. Photo courtesy of Anne-Marie Arnold.…

Border Collie Comprehends Over 1,000 Object Names as Verbal Referents!How smart are our dogs?

  How Smart are our Dogs?         Who said you can’t teach an “old” dog new tricks? A nine-year-old Border Collie, Chaser, was trained to understand the names of over 1000 objects. Recent work has discovered that Chaser was able to differentiate between the names of objects and commands to fetch them.…

Dogs Understand a Left-Sided Wag from a Right!Have You Noticed That Your Dog’s Tail Sometimes Wags More To One Side Than The Other? It Might Mean Something!

Have you noticed that your dog’s tail sometimes wags more to one side than the other? It might mean something!   Image Credit: Claudia Bensimoun   Although many of us may think that our dog’s wagging tail merely reflects his happiness, there is far more to the wagging than initially thought. Recent studies demonstrate that…

Can Dogs Learn from Eavesdropping? Dogs Can Eavesdrop From People’s Reactions in Third Party Interactions.

Dogs Can Eavesdrop From People’s Reactions in Third Party Interactions Image Credit: Claudia Bensimoun Have you wondered how our reactions towards other people may affect the way our dogs react to the very same people? Can our body language affect the way our dogs behave? Past research has demonstrated that the socio-cognitive abilities of dogs…

Your Dog’s Paw Preference May Affect His Agility Performance!

Paw Preference and Handler Location May Affect Canine Mental Performance on the Agility Course.   During these trials, each dog’s owner filled out a questionnaire about how easily their dog was distracted and the dog’s speed during relatively easy agility combinations. The dog’s temperament was also tested and measured throughout the procedure by the owner…

Do Puppy Tests Work? Personality Consistency in Dogs: A Meta-Analysis. Do a dog’s personality traits stay consistent over time?

Do a Dog’s Personality Traits Stay Consistent over Time? A Look at a Department of Psychology, University of Texas, Study by Samuel D. Gosling, Jamie Fratkin, David Sinn, and Erika Patall. Image Credit: Claudia Bensimoun Recent studies demonstrate that predictability of canine personality cannot be taken for granted, and many canine experts today believe that…

Less is More For Hungry Dogs!

Do You Train With a Mix of High and Low Value Treats? That Might Not Be as Rewarding as You Think! Image Credit: Claudia Bensimoun Have you ever wondered about your dogs food choices? Would he prefer a larger choice of varied treats, or a few favorite treats? In a new study at the University…

Can Diet Affect Canine Brain Development? Good Nutrition is Vital For Puppies!

Brain Food For Dogs!       Linolenic (Omega 3) and linoleic (Omega 6) fatty acids play an important part in your dog’s diet. Dogs require both, but fat sources differ greatly in their concentrated amounts of Omegas 3 and 6. Both continue to be a major focus of study when it comes down to…