Commentaries

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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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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