Commentaries

The Polarization of Human-Companion Animal Interactions

This month’s commentary explores the trend toward publicly proclaimed polarized thinking in our society and how this may influence our interactions with companion animals.

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Put a Little Light Into Your New Year

When faced with a dark, frigid post-holiday season, an energy-efficient summary of key points to remember when facing animal behavior problems can help a lot.

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A Fearless Gift

If someone asked you what the best gift would be for your pet, what would you answer?

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A Must-Read for Those with an Interest in Behavior

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst is a must-read for anyone who works with animals and people.

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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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