Dr. Ian Dunbar and Ms. Pia Silvani Interview – Part 2

In Part 2 of my interview with my friends and colleagues Dr. Ian Dunbar and Ms. Pia Silvani you'll discover how they define "socialization" and their recommendations about how it should best be accomplished.  You'll learn what they see a...

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An Interview with Dr. Ian Dunbar and Ms. Pia Silvani

At a recent invitational meeting, I had the opportunity to ask my friends and colleagues – Pia and Ian – a VERY important question. Now you can discover what this question was and how they answered it.  BOTH may surprise you!  Turn up you...

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Chicago Man Killed by Daughter’s Dogs

You can read the story in the Chicago Tribune about the man who was killed by his daughter's dogs that were living in the home.  At this point, not much is known about the attack and whether all, or just some of the 4 adult dogs and several puppies th...

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Parsimony and Why Its Important

During a recent presentation at a conference, we were discussing myths surrounding playing tug of war with dogs.  We were explaining that tug-of-war is a cooperative game, not a competitive interaction over which individual is going to control the toy.&nb...

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Is Behavior “Contagious”?

Anyone who has been around dogs has encountered the following:  The dog down the street begins to bark at who knows what, and within seconds, every other dog within hearing is barking his head off as well; two dogs begin to play chase at the local dog par...

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How Play Might Turn into a Fight

Most dog owners know what a "play bow" looks like.  If you don't – here's a picture of a play bow –   Have you ever given any thought to the purpose of play bows and how they might have evolved?  The play bow is a r...

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A Cat and Dog Learn to Get Along

When we first acquired our Irish setter, Coral, it took longer than we expected for her and our cat Buffett to learn to get along. At first, Buffett was clearly afraid of Coral's bouncy, enthusiastic puppy antics. He'd hiss whenever she got too close, ...

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Do the Young Naturally Try to Kill the Old and Sick?

A while back, we had a case that involved a younger dog attacking and seriously injuring her older housemate when the older dog went into a seizure. The dogs had lived together without conflict for years, until the older dog began having the seizures. The owne...

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