Behavior and Training · Clicker Training · Webinars

Sound Decisions: Helping Your Dog Cope with a Noisy Human World

WEBINAR - LIVE & ON-DEMAND VIEWING   Wednesday, July 24th, 7:00 pm (CST). Registration includes the live event plus 30 days access to on-demand recording.  Description: There are many products on the market today that purport to help protect our dogs from unpleasant sounds. There are even some that claim to “cure” sound phobias. How… Continue reading Sound Decisions: Helping Your Dog Cope with a Noisy Human World

Health · Nutrition · Pet Food · Pet Food Label · Science · Veterinary Care · Webinars

Diet and Dilated Cardiomyopathy – State of the Science

Live and On-Demand Webinar Live event: Wednesday, August 14th, 7:00 pm (CST). Registration includes 30 days access to on-demand recording.  Description: Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an alert regarding reports of increased incidence of a heart disease in dogs called dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The FDA and researchers speculated that the increased incidence… Continue reading Diet and Dilated Cardiomyopathy – State of the Science

Behavior and Training · dog-human relationship · Exercise · Health · Nutrition · Pet Food

Does Your Dog Play with His Food?

Most people have heard the admonition "Stop playing with your food!" at some point during their childhood. It is rare to hear the dog version of this rebuke, however, especially if you live with Golden Retrievers (or Labs......). When the food is only in the bowl for 30 seconds, there is little time for playing… Continue reading Does Your Dog Play with His Food?

Behavior and Training · Clicker Training · dog-human relationship · Operant Conditioning · Science

Reward-Based Training and Relationship

Trainers who use reward-based training methods (aka positive reinforcement training) often expound about its benefits to dogs and likewise caution about potential risks associated with punishment-based training. Although not extensive, there are a few studies that support the behavioral and emotional benefits of reward-based training and several others showing that the use of aversive stimuli… Continue reading Reward-Based Training and Relationship

Health · Nutrition · Pet Food · Science · Uncategorized

The Raw Deal

I have avoided writing this essay. The reason is that, contrary to how it may on occasion appear, I generally do not seek out conflict. Considered debate about scientific evidence and civilized discussions? Yep, enjoy those. However, the acrimony and polarization that frequently accompanies internet discussions about how best to feed dogs? Avoid those like… Continue reading The Raw Deal

Behavior and Training · Canine Cognition · dog-human relationship · Science

The Emotional Life of Puppy Stanley

I am happy to introduce the newest member of the Case family. Meet Stanley (aka Stan the Man, Stanley Manley, Stanley Pants). Mike and I love having a new puppy in the house (lack of sleep and reduced writing time aside). One of the many things that we enjoy is sharing a new puppy's excitement… Continue reading The Emotional Life of Puppy Stanley

Behavior and Training · dog-human relationship · Science

The Nose Knows Bias

Despite the presumed superiority of our brains, humans are susceptible to a wide range of mental mistakes. These are collectively called "cognitive errors" and they impinge upon our judgement and can lead our decision-making astray. I have written about several of these previously in The Science Dog (attribution error, the availability heuristic and negativity bias),… Continue reading The Nose Knows Bias