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Good Dog: Behavior & Training
Positive Reinforcement in Dog Training
Research validates positive reinforcement
There was a time when behavioral research focused primarily on primates, wolves and rodents. Today, our domestic canine companions are increasingly being considered as valid subjects for studies intended to improve quality of life for dogs and their humans. Some of these studies were presented at the Sixth International Veterinary Behavior Meeting in Riccione, Italy, in June 2007, and reported in...
Good Dog: Studies & Research
How to Figure Out Your Dog's Mood
Tell-tail signs that your dog is feeling groovy
The next time your dog greets you when you come home, closely watch his tail. Scientists have discovered that a happy dog will wag harder to the right and an anxious dog will wag harder to the left. The study’s findings, “Asymmetric tail-wagging responses by dogs to different emotive stimuli,” was recently published in Current Biology. Co-authors include neuroscientist Giorgio Vallortigara of...
Good Dog: Studies & Research
Understanding Dogs' Body Language
Understanding dogs’ secret language
Speech is probably the most important means of communication for humans. Dogs are different: “speech,” in the sense of barks, whines, howls and other sounds is less crucial for them than many other aspects of their communication. Instead, they use tails, ears, whiskers, mouths, and posture to tell us what they are thinking, and, once you have some idea of what to look for, they are astonishingly...
Wellness: Recipes
Dog Food Recipes: Pumpkin Cheese Cups
Dog-safe “mutt cups”
Beyond biscuits—here’s a homemade nutritious treat perfect for those festive occasions. Yield: About 24 mini-mutt cups and 24 garnish cookies   Ingredients For the Cups 2 1/2 cups (310 g) whole wheat flour 1/2 cup (40 g) whole rolled oats 1 egg, slightly beaten 1 cup (240 ml) water 1/2 cup (130 g) all-natural crunchy peanut butter   For the Filling 1/2 cup (100 g) puréed pumpkin 16...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
Open Space Program Makes Off-Leash Dogs Legal in Boulder
Tagged for success in Colorado
With its plentitude of open space (43,000 acres), trails (130 miles) and glorious mountains—plus its progressive humane perspective—Boulder seems like an ideal place to have a dog. Now, with the launch of its “Voice and Sight Dog Tag Program” (TAG), an off-leash registration and educational outreach effort administered by the department of Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP), the city is taking...
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
Behavior: Dog Park Tips
A to-do list for a great dog park visit
Question: I'd like to take my dog to the dog park, but I'm a little nervous about how he'll behave. Any suggestions on how to improve the odds that his visit will be an enjoyable one?   Answer: Teaching your dog key skills so that he will have a good dog park experience is important. At a minimum, be sure that you can call your dog to you and ask him to settle down. You will feel (and be) more in...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
Walk Your Dog in Washington, DC's Congressional Cemetary
Good works, good walks
For 200 years, Washington, DC’s, 32-acre Congressional Cemetery—privately owned by the Episcopal church—has provided a resting place for many Americans, from notables such as Civil War photographer Matthew Brady, John Philip Sousa and J. Edgar Hoover to the laborers who helped construct the nearby Capitol, as well as lawmakers who served there. By the early 20th century, Congressional’s...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Pet Oxygen Masks
Community outreach effort saves lives of family pets
When Appleton, Wis., resident and Alderman Richard Thompson saw a photograph of a local firefighter giving mouth-to-snout resuscitation to a cat rescued from a house fire, he thought of his own pets. “A pet is family,” he said. “I wouldn’t want to lose Maggie, my Collie, or Lucy, my Tabby cat, to a fire, carbon monoxide poisoning or Lord lord knows what else.” Inspired by the photograph,...
Culture: DogPatch
A Canine All-Star Baseball Team
It’s time dog lovers had their own all-star baseball team. To qualify, one needs only a name or nickname dog-related. Each of the following players were major leaguers: Manager: William “Ruff” Carrigan Coaches: Bob “The Flea” Lillis, Joe “Poodles” Hutcheson Umpires: Al Barker, Aaron Pointer 1B: Henry “Bow Wow” Arft 2B: Charles Bassett SS: George Bone 3B: Bill “Mad Dog” Madlock LF: Leon “Daddy...
Culture: DogPatch
Dog Tattoos
Canine co-pilots inspire a range of tattoo tributes
At a waterpark last summer, I counted a dozen suburban moms with tattoos dotting their ankles, necks and lower backs. It was, for me, a watershed tally. What I’d been reading in trend stories for years finally sank in: Tattooing is mainstream. According to tattoo artists I’ve talked to since, average Joes and Janes have been going under the needle for decades, but popular TV reality shows such...