Commentaries

Working versus Working and Working Dogs

Last month’s commentary considered working versus working and working cats. Now it’s time to ponder the multiple forms working dogs also may take.

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Working versus Working and Working Cats

What distinguishes a working cat? It turns out that it depends on what kind of work the cat does.

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The Revealing World of Trash Animals

Even the most pro-animal people often will admit that they like certain animal species more than others. Trash Animals explores why we feel the way we do and how this affects human and animal health and behavior.

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The Mountaintop School for Dogs: A dog book like no other

Unlike novels involving human-canine relationships that provide intimate, often gut-wrenching details associated with traumatic events to justify a character’s response Ellen Cooney’s beautifully crafted book, The Mountaintop School for Dogs, asks us to forego that familiar literary tactic in favor of something far more intimate and in some ways unnerving.

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Separation Anxiety in Dogs: A Most Challenging Behavioral Problem

Although canine aggression gets the lion’s share of media attention, when it when it comes to possessing the potential to destroy or prevent the development of a mutually rewarding human-animal bond, separation anxiety shares top billing on my list.

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Animal-Related Obsessions

Most people value activities that they share with their dogs. The trick is to not let the desire to do this take precedence over the welfare of the animal.

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A Modest Proposal: Providing Quality Same-Species Parental Care for Animals from Traumatic Backgrounds

This commentary belongs in what I mentally think of as my “Field of Dreams” file. These topics arise from discussions with those who work with companion animals and almost inevitably include a recurrent theme: The old approaches have reached a point of diminishing returns because the needs and expectations of the animal and human populations have changed.

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Behavioral Babble

While according to some the ability to use language elevates the human species, when it comes to labeling animal behaviors it often creates confusion instead of clarity.

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Before You Rescue

This commentary presents a list of questions for those considering rescuing an animal, based on comments made by self-defined rescuers who later regretted that they didn’t get this information before they got caught up in the rescue culture and process.

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Our Dogs, Ourselves

For several reasons the idea of using certain medical problems in the domestic, primarily companion, dog as a model for similar problems in humans is generating interest among some researchers.

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