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The Jazz Puppy
Have you seen the singing, piano-playing Schnoodle?
There are a lot of singing dogs on YouTube. But Tucker is the first I’ve seen who sings and plays. Not just sings and plays, but performs. There is a Glenn Gould feeling about it that really blows my mind. According to the “KennedyFamily99,” he wasn’t trained to play; it’s not a trick. And he practices a few times a day, that’s better than most folks taking lessons.
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
Q&A with Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz
Perfect Family Dog Training
Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz
Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz, 52, who trained dogs for the late senator Edward M. Kennedy and trained first dog Bo (known to her as Charlie) before he went to live in the White House, died Jan. 12 in Virginia. According to The Washington Post, she had been leading dog training classes days before her death. After being admitted to the hospital, for reasons that were not stated in the obituary, she went...
Blog: Guest Posts
Patricia Simonet, 1959-2010
Jan. 22 memorial for researcher who discovered dog laughter
We were saddened to learn Patricia Simonet, who “discovered” dog laughter, died in December—at only 51, three after years of being diagnosed with breast cancer. She will be missed not only for the contributions she made in our understanding of dogs’ play vocalizations and smiling but also because of her advocacy for homeless dogs in the Spokane, Wash., community.   Simonet, who wrote about dog...
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
8 Tips for Vet-Visit Bliss
Play by the Numbers
Dog & Vet
Many dogs dislike going to the vet. Their objections can take the form of unruly behavior, signs of stress (shaking and salivating), or even aggression.Unfortunately, we can’t point out to our dogs that these medical appointments are highly beneficial and for their own good, or simply explain to them in plain English that even though it might not always seem like it, the vet has their best...
Good Dog: Studies & Research
At Long Last Love
An interview with Jeffrey Masson
This is one of the first interviews (if not the very first interview) ever to appear in the pages of Bark. It was originally published in Bark’s third issue in fall 1997—back when Bark was still printed in black-and-white on newsprint—when Jeffrey Masson first released his book Dogs Never Lie About Love. On the day of our interview, Jeffrey Masson’s lovely Berkeley home was a bustle of activity...
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
Q&A with the Trainers of DogTown
On building a better relationship with your dog.
We’ve been enjoying the Daily Dog Tips from the trainers of National Geographic’s hit show DogTown. So we decided to chat with John Garcia, a trainer from DogTown’s Best Friends Animal Society about the new book Dog Tips from DogTown and the importance of building a relationship with your dog. The Best Friends Animal Society has been rescuing animals for well over 20 years. What prompted you to...
Blog: Karen B. London
Dog Saves Frozen Feline
Cat’s best friend?
I am very interested in the interactions between different species. In fact, as a scientist, it is those interactions that I love to study and understand. For my first research project in graduate school, I investigated the nesting association of two species of tropical social wasps in order to understand why their nests are often found within a few centimeters of each other. No matter what the...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Dog Bites on the Rise
Hospitalization for dog bites doubled in 15 years
  According to a new government study, the number of Americans hospitalized for dog bites almost doubled between 1993 and 2008. The researchers at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the department responsible for the survey, are at a loss to explain the increase. The popularity of pets in recent years doesn’t account for the spike, as their numbers have only increased slightly.  At...
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
Behavioral Signs of Pain
Your dog may be saying “Ouch!”
Dogs with pain
For the first couple of weeks, our dog Bugsy enjoyed playing with our foster puppy. Then he changed, tiring of her quickly and often avoiding her, even growling if she approached him while he was on his bed. He stopped playing in the snow with her, and would go to his bed rather than lie next to her on the rug. We figured that when she left, he would stop being sulky and return to his usual...
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
The Art of Training
Building trust is the first step
Marilyn Pona with K.C., the YorkiePoo, and Rusty, her big red rescue boy.
For 30 years, Marilyn Pona, founder of Assistance Dogs for Living, has been training dogs: rescued, traumatized mutts; show dogs; obedience-school dropouts; neurotic dogs in danger of exile from their families; and service dogs of every kind.   “There’s one thing nearly every trainer does too soon,” she confides. “Train.”   The usual impulse, she explains, is to jump in and try to impose control...

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