Will It Be The Eve of Chaos or Calm?

December has been a month of multicultural holiday celebrations, but the holidays ain't over folks. New Year's Eve will be here in just a few days.  The question isn't “when will it arrive?”  The question is, will it arrive at your home with a big bang, or will it arrive with grace and ease?   I can …

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Doin’ The Displacement

AUG, 2015 “Whenever you are examining someone else, you are bound to learn many interesting things of which you were not previously aware.” ―Lemony Snicket Do you have a long list of things to do, but even more reasons not to do them? I do.  We all do. We have lists of must-do today, gotta-do …

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Dude, Can’t You Take a Hint?

Are you that kind of pet owner or animal lover that doesn't know when to back off?  I used to be one of those people with my animal companions at home. A few years ago I went to a workshop for Reactive / Fearful Dogs hosted by Grisha Stewart of Ahimsa Dog Training​. One of the …

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How Much Does Your Dog Love You?

We’ve always known our dogs are good for us, but here’s a biological explanation for it beyond the fact that they make us feel good. - Patricia McConnell, Ph.D. How much do you love your dog? Does your dog love you just as much? We don’t have kids.  We have a dog.  And we love our dog. …

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Why Training Is Essential

Training is not a luxury, but a key component to good animal care. There are many reasons people choose to train an animal.  Some people train animals to avoid being bitten, attacked, or crushed by them.  Some people train animals to avoid being their next meal.  Some people train animals to make their lives easier …

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Butt Sniffing 101

Butt Sniffing.  It's gross to most humans, but it's very important to our canine comrades. Derriere sniffing is just one of the many fascinating forms of chemical communication in the animal kingdom.  Animals all around the world use chemical communication to communicate.  Pheromones are the source of this communication! Pheromones are chemicals released by living …

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Stimulate Them!

Animal enrichment promotes naturalistic behaviors that stimulate the mind and increases physical activity.  It reduces stress and therefore promotes overall health by increasing an animal's perception of control over their environment and by occupying their time.  While working for a decade as an Enrichment Coordinator for various animal sections at the Audubon Zoo, I learned that …

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Dog Science Worth Sharing!

Studying animal personality can tell us more about both animals AND humans. ~ Sam Gosling Science is about critical thinking not facts - Prescott Breeden I love getting things for free, and I love convenience, but when fun and enlightening education is added to the mix, I am a very happy woman!  I haven't written …

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