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What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Dogs? Why Dr. Miho Nagasawa’s research paper about ABANDONED DOGS AT FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN and PTSD-LIKE EFFECTS IN DOGS is so important.

Why Dr. Miho Nagasawa’s research paper about ABANDONED DOGS AT FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN and PTSD-LIKE EFFECTS IN DOGS IS SO IMPORTANT.Impaired learning and an inability to bond with humans were two of the post- traumatic disorder symptoms displayed by both humans and dogs.Cortisol levels in the Fukushima dogs remained at higher levels than the Kanagawa dogs, even after…

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…

Dogs React To Goal-Directed Behavior in a Surprising Way!

Dogs React To Goal-Directed Behavior in a Surprising Way!                     Image Credit: Claudia Bensimoun   “In the habituation phase dogs in the animate group saw the experimenter interacting repeatedly with one of two objects.” via PLOS ONE. If you’re an agility competitor, then you’ll know that…

Can Walking Reduce Long-Term Stress in Dogs?

Can Walking Reduce Long-Term Stress in Dogs?     Image Credit: Claudia Bensimoun We’ve all wondered about the different ways in which one may be able to reduce stress in our dogs, most especially before competitions. Chances are if you’re feeling stressed, your pooch is feeling stressed out as well. No matter what level you’re…

Do Agility Dogs Benefit From Massage Therapy?

Do Agility Dogs Benefit From Massage?     Image Credit: Claudia Bensimoun We’ve all wondered whether agility and working dogs perform better with massage. Does therapeutic canine massage affect performance levels? And are agility and working dogs similar to human athletes in that they benefit from massage? The American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV) states…