Day: June 4, 2020

Training Tuesday: How Dogs Know When Communication Is Intended for Them

By Claudia Bensimoun First published in The United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) Studies show importance of body language, eye contact in dog-human interactions. Image credit: Pixaby Thousands of years of living with humans and domestication have most likely given our furry friends an evolved ability to pay attention to and understand most human visual…

Training Tuesday: New Study Shows How Dogs Mirror Our Stress

By Claudia Bensimoun First published in The United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA)   Image credit: Pixaby Agility competitors have all felt the impact of stress, and have probably noticed their dogs feeling stressed out too. While cortisol levels increase naturally with physical activity, previous research has demonstrated that short-term levels of cortisol in saliva…

The Role of Life Experiences in Affecting Persistence in Dogs

By Claudia Bensimoun First published in The United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA)   Image credit: USDAA Study compares factors related to problem-solving and motivation. A 2019 study by researchers at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, examines how a dog’s life experiences may impact his or her persistence, particularly related to problem-solving, an important…

CBD Oil for Dog Anxiety!

By Claudia Bensimoun First published in Sit & Stay   Image credit: Pixaby Nearly everyone can understand what a huge impact anxiety can have on a dog’s life. After all, when your pooch is anxious, you’ll become anxious too! It also can result in numerous destructive behaviors. The good news is that there are so…

CBD Oil for Depression in Dogs

By Claudia Bensimoun First published in Sit & Stay   Image credit: Pixaby Dogs can get depressed just like humans. It happens often and affects millions of dogs at shelters, and at home, most especially after the long summer holidays when everyone goes back to school and work. When a dog is depressed he may…

Medical sniffer COVID-19 dogs being trained in the UK

By Claudia Bensimoun First published in Animal Wellness magazine   Image credit: Medical Detection Dogs   Medical detection dogs in the United Kingdom are joining the fight against COVID-19! With the Coronavirus pandemic causing major lifestyle and employment upheavals, the team at Medical Detection Dogs, a UK charity, are training a team of six sniffer…