Category Archives: Human-animal bond

Dogs work for rhubarb in the mud

One of the important jobs that dogs do for us is search and rescue in places that are very dangerous or impossible for people to work in. Dogs can be specifically trained as cadaver search dogs, to find bodies under the … Continue reading

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My dog has muddy paws

There have been more comments about pets and their owners personality following the comment I posted in The Conversation. This is a digression about pet ownership and parenting styles. Brendan Young posted: Interesting reading. I am just curious as to how … Continue reading

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Our pets and our personalities

An interesting article has just been published in The Conversation. It is about how people’s choice of a pet may be influenced by their personality. I’m sure there is some relationship between the two, but it is by no means … Continue reading

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How we treat dogs

I receive many news items and articles about dogs. What stands out is how diverse and varied the issues are – and how our treatment of dogs ranges from extremes of indulgence to extremes of abuse and cruelty. Dogs can … Continue reading

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And the word was dog…

Here is an amusing little piece about how dogs fare in the English language. It’s called The Semantics of Dog. There are a few expressions that the author hasn’t thought of though. Post your comments here if you have any … Continue reading

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Love that dog – the oxytocin way!

Here is a short article about some interesting research, concerning the “oxytocin theory” of dogs and social bonding. Oxytocin is a hormone found in mammals, including humans. It has various functions. It produces the let down reflex when mothers are … Continue reading

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Vale Bill (William E.) Campbell, 1929~2014.

On 18th January 2014, the dog training community lost one of its most profound thinkers. Bill Campbell passed away near his home in Grants Pass, Oregon, in the US, aged 85. He beloved wife and life-long partner, Peggy, was with … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

Interesting reflections by Stanley Coren on the names of dogs. He has written one article on the most popular names in the English language, and another article on the art and science of naming a dog. I once wrote an … Continue reading

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Pets and people – some research issues

Pauline Bennett, a researcher from La Trobe University, is a leading expert on the relationship between pets and people. In this article she discusses some of the difficulties in getting rigorous scientific evidence about the impact of this relationship. Why … Continue reading

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Another baby dies.

.My point, made recently – that fatalities and serious injuries need to be thoroughly investigated, so we can identify all the contributing factors, evaluate the risks and take preventative action – is  supported by another recent fatality. In this appalling … Continue reading

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