Commentaries

Do You Sabotage Your Pet’s  Behavior?

Do you sabotage you pet’s behavior? Most of us do at one time or another. But if we do it often enough when our animals misbehave, soon we may perceive any related beliefs that fuel the sabotage as true.

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Companion Animal Behavior and the Microbiome

Does companion animal behavior influence the make-up of the animal’s microbiome? Or does the microbial makeup of the animal’s microbiome influence companion animal behavior? Or maybe some of both?

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Time for a January Break

After a hectic few months, it’s time for a January Break for the residents of the little house on the hill. Now to see if the pets agree…

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Ten Holiday Commandments for Pets

Do you consciously or subconsciously impose Ten Holiday Commandments on your pets during the holiday season? I used to–Until I discovered there’s a solution for this irrational human behavior.

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Spay and Neuter History and Mystery

Although companion animal spay and neuter has ancient roots, its contemporary incarnation includes an intriguing mystery. 

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Catastrophizing Companion Animal Behavior

Are you guilty of catastrophizing companion animal behavior? If so, it might be affecting your animal’s health and behavior.

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Human-Animal Bond Amblyopia: When animals get lost in translation

I never would have connected the human-animal bond with amblyopia until I had an experience that introduced me to this human orientation.

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A More Mindful K-9 Socialization Strategy for Rescue/Transport Dogs

I believe we’re in desperate need for a more mindful socialization strategy for rescue/transport dogs. Over the decades, I’ve learned a lot about canine behavior and the human-canine bond from my clients.  This includes what works–as well as what doesn’t.

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A Noble Natural Experiment

Last month I began a noble experiment on the grounds surrounding the little house on the hill to test the findings of a study done by the USDA and partners funded by the National Science Foundation. Specifically, I wanted to know how mowing affected bee welfare in my yard.

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Nature and the Human-Companion Animal Bond

Any change in nature can influence the quality of the human-companion animal bond. But at no time of year is this as obvious as it is in spring.

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