Podcasts

Episode 479 – Our Changing Pet Expectations

Our expectations routinely change, but sometimes our changing pet expectations may have consequences for them that we don’t think about. Until these cause problems for them and us.

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Episode 478 – Pet Owner, Guardian, or Parent?

Do you consider yourself a pet owner, guardian, or parent?  What does that label mean to you and your animal? It may not mean what you think it does.

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Episode 477 – Placebos, Pets, and the Bond

Do placebos exist, and can they benefit pets and the bond we form with them? That depends on whether you consider yourself  among those who perceive placebos as ancient myths believed by weak-minded folk, or are among the  growing population of scientists who recognize this effect as real.

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Episode 476 – Human-Training Lessons from Dogs

Do you get human-training lessons from your dogs? I get such lessons from my dogs and they never cease to amaze me.

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Episode 475 – Weeds, Bees, and a Moral Dilemma

At this time of year, weeds filled with bees dominate the landscape and create a moral dilemma for me. So much of a dilemma that I dedicated a podcast to it in hopes that the solution would come to me.

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Episode 474 – Selfness, Otherness, and the Human-Animal Bond

How do you feel about selfness and otherness as it relates to the human-animal bonds you form with your pets? This podcast considers that subject with help from a jellyfish and a snail.

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Episode 473 – Behavior and Bond Data-Collection Challenges

On-line surveys companion animal behavior and bond surveys can teach us a lot, but some pose data-collection challenges too.

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Episode 472 – Speciesism, Sentience, and the Human-Nature Bond

What do speciesism, sentience, and the human-nature bond share it common? It turns out, quite a bit.

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Episode 471 – Animal Do-Do Communication

Did I mean animal voodoo communication instead of animal do-do communication? No, but animal do-do communication does confer its own special magic on all kinds of wild and domestic animals. Even chickens, rats, and little Ollie. 

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Episode 470 – The Evolution of Domestication

The co-evolution of dogs and humans is a recurrent theme of mine, but where does the evolution of domestication fit in? This podcast resulted from my ruminations on that subject in my favorite think tank: the great outdoors. The more I thought about it, the more outrageous and yet somewhat logical my thoughts seemed to me. I’ll let you decide…

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