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Blog: Karen B. London
Dogs Have Difficulty “Unlearning”
New research on canine cognition
A recent study published in the journal Animal Cognition shows that dogs have a hard time “unlearning” certain tasks that they have been trained to do. In Minding the gap: spatial perseveration error in dogs, researchers Britta Osthaus, Donna Marlow and Pippa Ducat demonstrated that dogs who have learned a specific sort of detour behavior have trouble deviating from that behavior once the set up...
Blog: Editors
Mad Men’s Training Advice
The benefits of positive reinforcement, illustrated
For all you Mad Men fans—hope you caught “Tomorrowland,” the final episode of season 4 because I don’t want to give away the ending. But there was something in a pivotal scene that struck me as a perfect example of best practices for both child and dog raising.   So there is Don with his two children and Megan, his lovely, young secretary/nanny, lunching somewhere near Disneyland. Sally and Bobby...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Heartworm Superbug?
Should we be worried about resistance
Heartworm disease is a horrible and potentially deadly disease that is fortunately preventable with medication. However, in recent years, animals in the Gulf region have been testing positive for heartworm, despite being on a prevention medicine. This has many people worried about a potential resistant superbug. In response to the growing cases, the American Heartworm Society and Companion Animal...
Blog: Contests
Show & Tell
Persimmon wars: dog v. squirrel
Tyler loves the Fuyu persimmons from this tree and eats as many as he can get. In this photo, he is showing his concern that the squirrel (not pictured) is eating too many. —Kara Douglas, Walnut Creek, Calif.        Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about anything that captures your dog’s special something. Send the photo with a brief...
Blog: Guest Posts
Paper Master
Origami artist Eric Joisel dies at 53
Among the animals to inspire the French origami master, Eric Joisel, were dogs, such as the Greyhound pictured here. We were saddened to read of Joisel’s too-early death. Using only paper—no adhesive or scissors—Joisel modeled extremely detailed, animated figures of hedgehogs, seahorses, sprites, musicians and much more. You can almost imagine all those flat sheets of paper at his Argenteuil home...
Blog: Karen B. London
Halloween Trick-Or-Treaters
Is this a good training opportunity?
It’s common for even the sweetest of dogs to be little devils when visitors come to the door. Some dogs are afraid of visitors, which can cause them to bark, lunge or even bite. Others are simply wild with excitement when people arrive, which often leads to leaping, jumping, barking, spinning and generally being out of control. Either way, it can mean that every time the doorbell rings, people...
Blog: Guest Posts
Jack-o’-Lassie
DIY: Pupkin carving time
It’s pumpkin carving season, and for many us dog lovers that means immortalizing our four-pawed pals in flickering lanterns. A few days ago, we received this image of a pretty stupendous dog-o’-lantern from last fall. We asked the carver, Julie Life, how and why she created her canine tribute.  Why: “My husband asked me to make it last year for a little carve contest in our town,” says Life, a...
Blog: Karen B. London
Humane Leadership Degree
Duquesne University offers first online program
Educational opportunities are a reflection of what society considers important. Topics that have value are available for study. We see this phenomenon when schools must cut programs because of budgetary concerns, which is why it’s clear to anyone paying attention that music, art and physical education are, regrettably, at the bottom of our priorities as a society and are often the first to be cut...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Positive Pit Bull PR
National Awareness Day united Bully lovers
This Saturday, October 23, marks the fourth annual National Pit Bull Awareness Day. The dedicated day was started as part of the larger National Pit Bull Awareness Campaign by Bless the Bullys, a Pit Bull rescue and education group. Far too often the media portrays Pit Bulls as dangerous killers while neglecting to report on stories that show this breed in a positive light. This perception has...
Blog: Guest Posts
Dog watching in NYC
Do city dogs have it better?
Dogs have been man’s best friend for thousands of years, adapting to nearly any living condition man throws their way. Whether living in a cave or on a snowy mountaintop, dogs and humans have weathered many different conditions and lifestyles together. And this weekend I witnessed perhaps one of the most interesting (and overwhelming!) environments dogs share with us: New York City.   My best...

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