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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Setter Snow Angels

We thought you would enjoy this short video clip of our Irish setter, Coral, doing what we call "Setter snow angels".  Coral runs as fast as she can during her walks, so we think in the winter she does this to cool off.  She'll als...

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Punishment Confusion

We were reading a popular mail order pet supply catalog and came across some confusing descriptions of training products. We suspect such confusion is widespread and worth discussing. ...

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Attachment and the Human-Animal Bond

If you are familiar with us and our pet family, you know that Suzanne has been very attached to our Irish setter, ever since we acquired Coral as a 7 week old puppy.  Suzanne has sometimes – against her better judgment as a behaviorist – let C...

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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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Are You Ready To Go To Court?

As many of you know, from time to time we both serve as expert witnesses in animal injury – usually dog bite – cases.  Dan has evaluated dogs from several dog fighting cases (including the Michael Vick case) and Suzanne has served as an e...

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Pay Attention to Feline Behavior Wellness Care

An interesting website worth a look by cat owners and cat professionals is HealthyCatsForLife.com, a collaborative effort between the American Association of Feline Practitioners, a veterinary organization, and Boehringer Ingelheim, a pet food and pet supply c...

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