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.’
Australian veterinarian, Edward Bassingthwaighte, BVSc, discusses the types of medical cannabis used to treat dogs for a wide range of conditions, and some of the amazing results he’s seen using it in his practice.
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.
Have you ever considered how your dog’s happiness, health and behavior might be integrally connected to her degree of freedom? And how respecting a dog’s culture and identity may reduce stress and anxiety and allow your dog a greater sense of freedom and happiness? Australian dog trainer and behavior consultant, Sylvie Martin, lays out the case for more emotional, social and physical freedom for dogs, and gives us a glimpse at the current state of dogs’ freedom Down Under.
Help Your Scaredy-Dog To Live a Better Life: How the Science of Behaviour Change Healed my Hornet-Fearful Dog
Dog Trainer and educator, Kristi Benson, follows up her last post on how she learned everything she needs to know about dog training from a hornet. In this post, Kristi describes how she helped her fearful dog Datson, overcome his fear of hornets. Great example of how to help a dog overcome his aversive-induced fear!