Author: qbgiw

What can “streeties” teach us about companion dogs?

What can “streeties” teach us about companion dogs?

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Dogs that are uninhibited by regimented human management are the quintessential dog for learning about behavior from a canine perspective. So what can the lives of free-roaming dogs tell us about our own companion dogs, and how can this help us to help our dogs live their best lives?

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Creating a Just and Joyful World for Dogs

Creating a Just and Joyful World for Dogs

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As trainers, shelter personnel, and behavior consultants increasingly see dogs as students, partners, and companions rather than tools, accessories, or “furbabies,” they are coming to grips with ideas of consent, rights, and respect. I believe that the most interesting and useful formulations of these concepts, however, are going unnoticed by the trainers and behavior consultants who might care about them the most….

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Puppy Pandemic – Facing Socialization Challenges Amidst COVID-19

Puppy Pandemic – Facing Socialization Challenges Amidst COVID-19

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Prior to the pandemic, many people relied on puppy classes and play groups for training and socialization, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, these facilities were not deemed essential and were shut down at a time when there was an influx of new puppy owners, many of whom were unprepared for the challenges of raising a puppy during a pandemic….

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Enrichment at Home and in the Wild: Comparing Enrichment in Black-Footed Cats and Domestic Cats

Enrichment at Home and in the Wild: Comparing Enrichment in Black-Footed Cats and Domestic Cats

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Environmental enrichment provides captive animals with stimuli needed to participate in species-typical behavior and increases the amount of time an animal spends in goal-directed behavior. It is often used in zoos to decrease the occurrences of stereotypical behaviors. This article explores responses to enrichment in two closely related species – the black-footed cat (Felis nigripes) and the domestic cat (Felis catus) – through video footage and analysis of each species’ interaction with three enrichment treatments….

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