Pet Overpopulation Video – Colorado

  We don't normally embed videos from You Tube on our blog, but we made an exception for this one.  On December 18, 2009, the CVMA and DAVMS offices literally went to the dogs and cats! The CVMF Harrison Center for Animals opened its doors f...

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Digging Dogs – When Digging Isn’t a Problem!

Digging can be an annoying canine behavior, when it results in craters in your yard, damaged cables or a re-arrangement of your expensive professional landscaping.  But on certain special days, digging can be exactly what we want dogs to do. Watch the vid...

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Emotional Arousal, Reinforcement, and Punishment

Many behavior problems in pets involve emotional arousal.  It is well known that emotions drive behaviors.  If you are afraid of insects for example (Suzanne is a real ‘bug-a-phobe’!), you would have a difficult time holding still an...

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Can CERs be a Marketing Stategy?

Some of you may be asking, "What in the heck is a CER?"  CER stands for  conditioned emotional response.  It is simply classical conditioning of a highly emotional response, such as fear or pain to a previously neutral s...

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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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Analysis of a Dog Attack

A member of our Behavior Education Network, Peggy H., set us on to this video from Animal Planet.  After watching it, we thought it presented the perfect opportunity – or a teachable moment as some people call it – to help you better understan...

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Cats Vs. Dogs – Who’s Liked More?

A recent Associated Press poll reveals that more people like dogs than like cats.  In a survey of just under 2000 people, 59% of who were pet owners (mostly of dogs or cats) 74% said they liked dogs “a lot” but only 41% said the same thing about cats.  O...

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Lower “Reactivity” with a Calming Cap

Some behavior problems are rooted in, or at least influenced by, a dog’s emotional arousal in response to certain events.  The sight of other dogs, people walking by their territory, a ride in the car, a new cat in the house, may all cause dogs to r...

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