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Data suggest dog owners tend to anthropomorphise their four-legged friends more than cat owners (Dotson et al., 2010).  Indeed, in recent years research has explored dog owners use of ‘baby-talk’ and how they are more likely to cradle their pet much like you would hold an infant (Serpell, 1996), highlighting similarities between the dog-owner relationship […]

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There are numerous factors that can influence a dog’s behaviour, however, a new study has found a relationship between fear of noises and underlying pain.  This suggests that dogs showing signs of stress when faced with loud or sudden noises should be routinely assessed for pain by veterinarians – especially in older dogs. Lopes Fagundes […]

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Are anxious people more likely to be bitten?

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There are many variables that can lead to a dog bite including but not limited to: the context, what the stimulus is doing that provokes the dog’s reaction, handling methods used, the dog’s genetics, state of health, hormones, and previous experiences. Learning reliable bite inhibition before 18 weeks of age is important otherwise it can […]

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People show greater attachment towards pets than partners

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Despite the plethora of species sharing the planet with humans, only a privileged few occupy the position of pets. Pet-keeping is one of the closest forms of human-animal interaction in Western society; dogs being the most popular in the UK (PFMA, 2017).  In recent decades data suggest the human-dog relationship involves characteristics similar to those […]

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Dog-owner relationship pre and post-partum

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**Calling all dog owners that are expectant parents or new parents** We’re looking for support from dog owners that are expectant parents or have gone onto have children (now aged under 5 years).  Why? Currently, there is a paucity in data relating to whether having a baby influences the owner-dog relationship, such as the types […]

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Laika the dog – the first living creature in space

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3rd November 2017 marked the 60th anniversary of Laika, a Russian stray dog, who became the first living creature to orbit Earth on the rocket Sputnik 2. Previous American and Russian missions had failed, using a range of animal test subjects including fruitflies, mice, monkeys, and other dogs. Although Laika successfully journeyed into space, the […]

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Angry human faces trigger mouth-licking in dogs

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Dogs communicate constantly through a combination of olfactory, visual and vocal cues.  Whilst some behaviours such as barking are obvious, some of the more subtle signs that a dog is feeling uneasy such as mouth-licking, yawn or a head turn, might be missed or misinterpreted (depending on the context to which these occur).  Now a […]

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How to tackle jumping up

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One of the most common problems dog owners ask me about at Puppy & Dog School is “How do I stop my dog from jumping up?”  Firstly, jumping forms part of ‘normal’ dog behaviour, typically, produced as part of dog’s greeting ritual.  To understand how to tackle jumping, you need to be aware of the […]

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Earliest artwork of dogs found dating at least 8,000 years

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The debate about when dogs were domesticated has raged for years with commentators suggesting anywhere between 10,000 to 30,000+ years ago.  Nevertheless, fossils tell us very little about how dogs interacted with humans.  Now, new depictions of man’s best friend have been discovered in Saudi Arabia and are shedding new light on the human-dog relationship. […]

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Ancient wolf and dog remains found in Russia

The remains of two Late Bronze Age initiation ceremonies have been discovered at Krasnosamarskoe in southwestern Russia.  Among the finds include bones from dogs and wolves believed to have been eaten during rites of passage in which teenage boys became ‘wolf-men’ warriors.  The bones, dated between 3,900 and 3,700 years ago, may be the first […]

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