Articles: dog training

Dogs Don't Mean to Be Mean, Their Brains Are Merely Misfiring

The control of different behaviors is a complex process that is influenced by both genetics and environmental factors, according to a story in Science Daily from May 25. A new study confirms what other researchers have shown – that there’s a correlation between aggression that the firing of those neurotransmitters in canine brains.  Here’s the…

Dog Park 101

I love dog parks, and even helped to spearhead their official creation in Chicago (though Wiggly Field had already begun as a trial). In Chicago, these fenced off dog parks are within larger parks, so they are called Dog Friendly Areas (DFA’s). The Chicago Park District offers lots of information – including DFA rules and…

Dog Attack and Bite Styles Based on Breed

It’s interesting that different breeds attack and bite differently….however, this demonstration is hardly conclusive with only one dog per breed used. So, while there’s nothing here to conclude, per se, it is noteworthy.

Dog Bite Prevention Tips from American Humane and the American Veterinary Medical Association

As Dog Bite Prevention Week comes to a close (though May 22). Here some tips from the American Humane Association:To prevent dog bites, adults should teach children: •    Never approach an unknown dog or a dog that is alone without an owner, and always ask the owner’s permission before petting the dog.•    Never approach an…

National Dog Bite Prevention Week, American Humane KIDS Program

No one knows how many dog bites happen because so many bites happen within families and go unreported. Even those bites that are reported might not be ‘counted’ because medical facilities and other authorities don’t always report bites as they should. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about 3.5 million children are…

Mutt Strut for Community Animal Rescue Effort in Evanston

The Strut for Strays for the Community Animal Rescue Effort, held May 8, in Evanston was the 15th annual. Lots and lots of those who walked were adopted from this shelter. Click here to see and sniff the highlights:

Bad Ass Police Dogs

I don’t know how I feel about these over-reactive police dogs. What do you think?

One Dog's Road to Adoption

It’s tough to communicate to a dog (or for that matter a cat), if you only ‘do this,’ your odds will be far greater of being adopted. Shelters are stressful places to be, and some may be there for stressful reasons in the first place (family abandons them, owner dies, etc). This is story of…

Peggy Moran, a Great Teacher and Now a Great Student

It was more than 20 years when we happened upon the dog of my life, Chaser. While, she turned out to change my life, she arrived with “issues.” I think the previous owners wanted the timid then 9-month old Brittany to be a gun dog. She was so fearful, their answer was to subject her…

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