Commentaries

Chronic Stress and Its Effects on the Bond

Do you think or hear yourself saying, “I’m so stressed!” often? If so, this commentary is for you and your animals.

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More Than Fetch and Catch

In this era when human stress and cynicism seems the norm, don’t forget the role human and animal playfulness plays in animal well-being.

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Natural Elegance

In science, the term “elegance” refers to processes so energy-efficient one can’t help but marvel. Seems odd to apply that to predatory behavior, but so it is.

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A Perfect Human-Animal Bond Storm

Sometimes the awareness that something you dreaded has occurred brings relief. Other times, it really stinks.

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The Weekend Dog Then and Now

If you have a dog and your lifestyle during the week differs from that on the weekend, does that effect your relationship with your dog? Have your expectations of that relationship changed over the years?

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The Invisible Scent-sational Companion Animals

One of the first harbingers of spring many of us may miss is the dramatic increase in the scent load. But not our dogs and cats..

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Balanced Human-Canine Parenthood

Would you trust this dog to save your life?

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The Rescue-Euthanasia-Emotion Rollercoaster

When it comes to resolving the stray dog problem, the current rescue-transport system misses one critical point.

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Neurotransmitters and Animal Behavior

Often things appear too good to be true are. The same is true of neurotransmitters and their role in behavior.

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The Human-Animal Relationship in Troubled Times Redux  

This month I resurrected the first commentary I wrote on this website 15 years ago to compare the status of human-animal relationships then and now.

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