What do dogs need most from us? What does a roaming dog have to do with a baby picking a dirty lollipop from the floor and licking it? Dog trainer Kristi Benson tells the story of a client who has a roaming dog with characteristic humor and clarity (and clever analogies!). And in telling the tale, Kristi has an important message for all dog owners about what our dogs need most from us—something that is both free and also intensive. TIME.
Veterinarians need to do more to discourage people from breeding dogs with extremely flat faces. Jessica Perry Hekman, DVM, PhD, compares the recent British Veterinary Association (BVA) position statement on flat-faced dogs, which is quite forward thinking, to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) position, which is weak, at best. “U.S. veterinarians are lacking strong leadership bringing us forward. How can we help to fix these breeds? One step is a new policy from the AVMA, providing real guidance to the veterinarians on the front lines about how to talk to the owners and breeders of brachycephalic dogs.”
Our newest blogger, Tanya Hawkes, from Machynlleth, Wales, UK, examines the human tendency to project ourselves onto dogs when interpreting their behaviors, and how this anthropomorphizing is a reflection of the human observer’s worldview at any given time in history. For instance, whereas dogs urinating in the same spot was once viewed as their colonial flag—a mark to claim their territory—more recent research finds that urination is a much more social affair, perhaps like a dog version of Facebook or Tinder! Tanya’s insights into our limitations of comprehending dog behavior are thought-provoking; she helps us to understand that we can improve our dogs’ lives by trying to better understand ‘dog being.’
Cannabis Extracts Can Help Dogs with a Large Range of Health Problems. I’ve been advocating medical cannabis use in dogs for about 4 years now, and I’ve seen dogs have significant clinical responses in a number of cases. I’ve seen improvements in old dogs (with arthritis and doggy dementia), in dogs with cancer (mostly palliative, […]
There are an estimated 30,000 street dogs in the Kathmandu valley of Nepal. These dogs suffer all manner of diseases as well cruel treatment from humans. Sneha’s Care street dog rescue works daily to protect and help these dogs, and they sterilize as many as they can in order to stop the ongoing suffering that often comes from a life on the streets. In this post Hillary Kloetzli documents a 3-day street dog sterilization campaign by World Vets and Sneha’s Care.
Two professional photographers—Thomas L. Kelly and Thomas-Xavier Christiane—contributed dozens of photos to this post. The photography is outstanding, although some of the images are difficult to take in. Due to the short duration of the sterilization campaign, you will see several dogs packed into crates for transport, as well as dogs being sterilized and having tumors removed.
Haben Sie jemals darüber nachgedacht, wie das Glück, die Gesundheit und das Verhalten Ihres Hundes integral mit ihrem Freiheitsgrad zusammenhängen? Und wie die Kultur und Identität eines Hundes zu respektierten Stress und Angst vermeidet und Ihrem Hund ein größeres Gefühl von Freiheit und Glück ermöglicht? Die australische Hundetrainerin und Verhaltensberaterin Sylvie Martin legt den Grundstein für mehr emotionale, soziale und körperliche Freiheit für Hunde und gibt einen Einblick in den aktuellen Stand der Hundefreiheit in Australien.