Monthly Archives: May 2013

Using Shelter Dogs in Therapy Situations: Not a Good Idea

It is well known that dogs, and other companion animals, can provide a great deal of solace to humans in need of calming, constancy, and contact.  The scientific evidence for the physical and mental calming effects of appropriately behaved dogs … Continue reading

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Fishing in the Florida Keys, Part 2

So back to fishing the Keys: aquatic applied animal behavior in action!  In the Keys for a fishing-immersion, 50th birthday trip, I described the offshore trip in my last blog.  But what I was really looking forward to was the … Continue reading

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Fishing in the Florida Keys: Aquatic Applied Animal Behavior, Part 1

I just got back from a three week vacation in the Florida Keys.  Even on vacation, I am involved in animal behavior.  I grew up in the Keys and left there when I was about 14 years old, returned several … Continue reading

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How Often Should You Train Your Dog?

Here’s a question for all of you dog trainers (and that should be just about everyone who has a dog)… how often should you train a dog? Many of us in this business would, of course, say, “as often as … Continue reading

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New Scientific Findings about How to Treat Fear in Dogs

An important new research article for dog (and cat) behaviorists who deal with fear, anxiety, and behavior modification was published in the premier journal Science during Christmas week of last year (2011).  Let me set the stage, and then describe … Continue reading

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Let’s Limit the Tethering of Dogs: Anti-tethering Legislation in Washington State

A bill has been introduced into the Washington State Legislature to limit long-term, unsupervised tethering of dogs in the state.  Specifically, the current form of the bill (and these bills change frequently before final passage, so this is just the … Continue reading

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Wild dogs, Feral dogs and Pariahs

I recently gave a presentation on applied animal behavior to a wonderful animal advocacy group on the Micronesian island of Guam.  I was on the island on behalf of my wife’s (Dr. Renee Ha, UW Psychology/Animal Behavior) research on the … Continue reading

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