Are Dogs Ruled by Their Drives and Instincts?

It’s not uncommon to hear people talk about instincts and drives in animals. So you might hear statements like “Pit bulls are just instinctively aggressive” or “If you want a dog to really learn something well, you have to switch him ou...

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Who is “Better” – Wolves or Dogs?

With the “dogs-disguised-as-wolves” model of understanding dog behavior still unfortunately a popular one, we thought it would be interesting to take a quick look at domestication and how dogs and wolves are different. It is commonly agreed that do...

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What The Heck is Parsimony?

A friend remarked to us recently that every time she goes out of town and leaves her dog, Mason, with Sarah, a close friend, Mason always defecates overnight in one particular spot in Sarah’s house.  Mason will occasionally do this at home, but not ...

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My Dog’s Got Plenty Of Personality! But Yours? Not So Much

Animal psychologists and behaviorists have been interested in the personality of dogs for many years, with the first studies appearing in the early 1900s.  In the last 15 years or so interest in personality or temperament in dogs has exploded with dozens ...

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Oh, The Stories Cat Tails Can Tell

If you are a Jimmy Buffett fan like Suzanne is, you'll immediately recognize the title of this article as a modification of a line from the Buffett song, "Stories We Can Tell".  One key to understanding the motivation and emotions of animals...

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