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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 Prefer Petting To Being Praised!

A recent study ranks dogs’ preference of petting over praise. Claudia Bensimoun   Image Credit: Claudia Bensimoun     Are we connecting with our dogs in the right way? In a recent study, Dr. Erica N. Feuerbacher from University of Florida and Dr. Clive Wynne from the Arizona State University, two canine cognition behaviorists and…

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…