Commentaries

The 10% Animal Behavior Solution

When you think of a successful animal training method, what’s your goal? Obedience most of the time? Or obedience when it really counts?

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Primary Animal Care: Bones of Contention

Who’s the primary animal caregiver in your home? What if you’re not there?

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Doggy See, Doggy Do – Sort of, but not always

Social learning represents a viable teaching strategy in wild animals. But as usual. sometimes our close relationship with companion animals can complicate matters.

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Transport Dog Benefits

Because I’m a more optimistic person by nature and the canine transport scene was getting me down, I decided to list the benefits I’ve gained since this process began.

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The DIY Service/Assistance/Emotional Support Dog

This month’s commentary considers that growing population of those who use or seek dogs that they train themselves to enhance their own or a loved one’s physical or mental health.

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Prescribing Animals for Human Health: Above all, do no harm

This commentary considers the challenges and responsibilities facing those who prescribe assistance or support dogs for people with a growing array of conditions.

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Holism Declines, Ecology Ascends

When those interested in animal health began talking about taking a more holistic approach, initially I was quite excited. I felt this way because I expected their approach to be, well, holistic. But…

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The Most Highly Contagious Disease

Suppose I told you that a disease so contagious existed that it could spread with remarkable speed from one person or animal to a thousand or more in a matter of minutes. Some humans can transmit it to some animals and some animals can transmit it to some people Even more frightening, this neuro-pathogen typically enters through the eye and disrupts retinal cells to gain access to the most ancient part of brain. Once there, it disrupts the autonomic nervous system which controls all those vital functions necessary for life. Symptoms associated with the disease include increased sweating or

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High-Tech Companion Animals

As our pets’ lives have become more high-tech, does this shift indicate a more intimate or a more remote relationship with them?

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Service Dog Devaluation

With each passing decade, the respect with which US society views service dogs and their handlers sadly steadily declines. This poses increased problems for these animals and their handlers and those around them.

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