Commentaries

The Gift of Restorative Sleep

Nothing exceeds the value of the gift of restorative sleep to our companion animals. It may seem like nothing to us, but to animals with health or behavioral problems it can mean a great deal.

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Still Drowning in Behavioral Jargon, Still Starving for Information

Still drowning in behavioral jargon, still starving for information: sounds like a good title for a country western song doesn’t it? Not quite, but close.

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My Butterfly Revelation

When I experienced my butterfly revelation, I learned yet again that nature’s light-bulb moments may come in very small packages.

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A Celebration of the Human-Nature and Human-Animal Bond

A celebration of the human-nature and human-animal bond at its best: How often do you experience this in your own life? James Rebanks routinely does.

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The Human-Animal Bond in Still Troubled Times

Today events on a par with 9/11 as well as devastating natural disasters worldwide assault us on a daily basis: How do these still troubled times effect the human-animal bond now?

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Self-Initiating Behaviors in Cats and Dogs

Self-initiating behaviors occur in both cats and dogs. Think of them as those behaviors these animals display on their own in a particular context without any apparent training from us or any other person. However, the effect these behaviors on humans may differ dramatically depending on whether a cat or a dog displays them.

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Horses, Dogs, Learning, Serendipity, and Motivation

The subject of this month’s commentary – horses, dogs, learning, and motivation—began coming together in my mind years before it found its way into words.

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Owner Loss and the Human-Feline Bond Revisited

After revisiting the topic the human-canine bond and owner loss last month, I knew revisiting owner loss and the human-feline bond also had value.

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The Human-Canine Bond and Owner Loss Revisited

This month I revisit a topic I first wrote about in 2002: the Human-Canine Bond and Owner Loss. Why now? Because the increased lack of that knowledge about canine behavior and the bond makes it easier not to think about what will become of the dog if something happens to the owner. But is that the kind of legacy we want to leave for our dogs?

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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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