Podcasts

Episode 486 – Companion Animal Cognition and Intelligence

Talk to many dog people long enough and the subject of companion animal cognition and intelligence eventually will come. Most of us are aware of our own animal’s cognitive and intellectual ability. But what, exactly, does that mean? 

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Episode 485 – Women Who Sleep with Their Dogs

What pops into your mind when you think about women who sleep with their dogs? This podcast explores some of my thoughts after reading two studies of this population from a human-animal bond perspective.

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Episode 484 – Are You a Pet-Food Snob?

Are you a pet-food snob? Do think that people who don’t feed their dogs and cats what you consider a quality diet don’t care about their animals? Or that they just aren’t as educated as you are about their animals’ needs?

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Episode 483 – Unwanted Children and Canine Transport Parallels

The title of this podcast, Unwanted Children and Canine Transport Parallels, is a play on words. The “unwanted” could refer to the children and dogs in the podcast. Or it could refer to the parallels between how a group of people or society deals with unwanted kids and dogs. Or both. This podcast will consider both.

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Episode 482 – Regrettable Human-Animal Rituals

What kinds of thoughts pop into your mind when you hear the phrase “regrettable human-companion animal rituals”?  That’s the subject of 2019’s first podcast. And for as bizarre as some of the regrettable rituals described in this podcast may sound, all have befallen real animals belonging to real people I’ve encountered over the years.

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Episode 481 – Pet-Friendly Holiday Decorations

While the podcaster takes some time off, she leaves you with this lovely example of a safe, pet-friendly holiday decoration–even for high-energy cats.

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Episode 480 – A Different Kind of Human-Companion Animal Bond

This week’s podcast considers a completely different kind of human-companion animal bond experience. Creating it may not be easy, but I think it’s worth it.

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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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