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Issue 69: Mar/Apr/May 2012


We bring you a spring issue filled with another wondrous array of articles, essays and art. To start, we offer a canine-behavior trifecta. Karen London dissects the controversy over the term “prey drive.” Does it increase our understanding of dog behavior, or—similar to the “alpha dog” notion—does it merely lead to more misunderstandings? In “Dog Smart,” Julia Hecht gives an overview of current academic interest in canine studies. Finally, Sophia Yin presents compelling evidence that operant conditioning is not only the most humane approach to dog training, but pays dividends, and that it has proved to be more reliable than long-standing coercion-based methods.

Our other features include a fascinating and inspirational report from Chicago on community advocates who are trying to solve animal abuse and dog-fighting problems by focusing on programs for young people. We also look at the ways military therapy dogs are deployed to provide battlefield troops with much-needed emotional support. We talk with our old friend, Mark Derr, about his latest canine “history” project, this one taking a look way back at the dawn of dogs. And we look at a therapy dog who is still busy working even though she has lost her sight.

For those of you who want to put more zing into your dog’s diet, we present “Toppings,” which lays out easy, inexpensive and inventive ways to vary suppertime fare. Plus, easy-as-pie directions for making your own yogurt—good for you and your dogs. Our travel piece takes us to our very favorite spot in SF: the Presidio of San Francisco. There you’ll find the city’s best beach and bay frontage; the Golden Gate Bridge looks close enough to toss a Frisbee over. And in “Follow Your Nose,” we have a thoughtful excerpt from a new memoir by Donna Kelleher, DVM, in which she discusses her holistic veterinary practice and approach to caring for cancer patients. Lee Harrington invites us to help celebrate Chloe’s springtime birthday, and in the touching EndPiece by Marianne Leone, we learn what it’s like to open your home, and your heart, to a pair of puppy-mill rescues.

All that, plus news from the Bark home front: Charlie, our newest addition—who can be seen on the cover—is proudly proclaiming his new status. Because he makes our fourth dog, we also look into why that number, at least for us, seems to be ideal in our lead-off piece, “The Pack is Back.” Anxious to hear your thoughts on that score. For now, dig in and enjoy it all.

The Pack is Back. The more the merrier? By Claudia Kawczynska
Positive Interventions: Outreach helps Chicago kids and dogs bond. By Jennifer Martin
Dog Smart: How well do we know our dogs? By Julie Hecht
Bells & Whistles: Operant conditioning’s staying power. By Sophia Yin, DVM
Interview with Mark Derr: Tracking the dawn of the dog. By Claudia Kawczynska
Follow Your Nose: Healing maladies holistically. By Donna Kelleher, DVM
Chloe Chronicles Part V: A birthday is cause for celebration. By Lee Harrington




More From The Bark

More in 2012:
Issue 72: Nov/Dec 2012
Issue 71: Sep/Oct 2012
Issue 70: Jun/Jul/Aug 2012
Dogs Are Definitely Welcome
Meet Finnegan
Issue 68: Jan/Feb 2012

From This Issue

Wellness: Recipes

From Scratch: Yogurt Making Probiotic for you and your dog By Claudia Kawczynska

Wellness: Health Care

Holistic Approach to Cancer in Dogs Healing maladies holistically. By Donna Kelleher
Pain Relief for Dogs Treating chronic pain in dogs. By Nick Trout

Wellness: Nutrition Primer

Toppings An extra dose of delicious By Elizabeth Kennedy

Good Dog: Activities & Sports

Trick Training Promoting mental stimulation By Julia Kamysz Lane

Good Dog: Studies & Research

Dog Training: Operant Conditioning When operant conditioning clicked (and clucked) By Sophia Yin
Dog Smart: Exploring the Canine Mind Researchers exploring the canine point of view By Julie Hecht
Q&A with Mark Derr about Dog Origins Venturing deep into the history of our oldest friends By Claudia Kawczynska

Good Dog: Behavior & Training

Prey Drive: Fact or Fiction? Correct terminology or jargon? By Karen B. London

Culture: Stories & Lit

Stay with Me Extended Q&A Bark talks with author Paul Griffin By The Bark
Chloe Chronicles V Part V: Springer Has Sprung By Lee Harrington

Culture: DogPatch

Masterwork: Alex Katz By Cameron Woo
The Art of Robert Clarke By Cameron Woo
Dexterity Puzzles with Dogs Diversions of Yesteryear By Barbara Levine
Finding Charlie A stray joins The Bark’s family By Claudia Kawczynska
Daily Life Clock Home Works: Best picks of domestic design By Claudia Kawczynska

Culture: Reviews

Dog InSight Review Dogwise Publishing By Jen Hendrickson
Tame Dogs and Wild Youth The bold strokes of today’s young-adult lit By Elizabeth Kennedy
Found by a Lost Dog The creators of the new movie Darling Companion have an eye and ear for real-life drama. By Jan Wahl

Dog's Life: Lifestyle

The Pack Is Back [Updated] Plus, readers write about their multi-dog households By Claudia Kawczynska
Eco-gear for Earth-loving dogs Kit's Corner By The Bark
Dog Walking Services Three companies to watch By Lisa Wogan

Dog's Life: Green

Top Tips for Spring Cleaning From our readers

Dog's Life: Work of Dogs

Dogs Bring Relief to Soldiers Operation Stress Control By Melanie D.G. Kaplan
Therapy Dog Overcomes a Disability One courageous therapy dog inspires many. By Karen Jones

Dog's Life: Humane

Dog Rescue: Indigo Oregon’s Indigo Rescue thinks big By Lisa Wogan
Ending Animal Abuse: Community Outreach in Chicago Community outreach helps turn the tide By Jennifer Martin

Dog's Life: DIY

DIY Silhouettes Make a silhouette in six easy steps By Kathryn Flocken
Dog Photography: Aim to Please Tips for photographing your dog By Sarah Sypniewski

Dog's Life: Travel

Destinations: San Francisco’s Presidio Dog-friendly beaches and heavenly hikes. By The Bark
On the Road Again Travel tips and tricks By Lisa Wogan