Tracking Equines

By Vicki Conroy The ponies started their tracking training with food on flat polymer discs on the ground, then proceeded to targeting the treat-loaded socks, and then following the trail by scent © Vicki Conroy A while ago I hosted a tracking workshop for dogs at my hobby farm in…

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A Life without Pets

By Fiona De Rosa and Fiona Warton  Elderly people may find themselves having to give up their pets when they move into a care facility © Grant Nowell Photography As the aging population of the western world increases, more people are finding themselves moving from their own homes and into…

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Lessons in Empathy

By Kathy Wolff “The most important skill we need to teach our dogs isn’t found in ‘obedience’ rhetoric, but rather in finding peace in the day-to-day living of life” – Kathy Wolff, with Cree © Kathy Wolff According to Wikipedia (2021), empathy is the “capacity to understand or feel what…

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Empowerment for a Better Quality of Life

By Miki Saito Teaching tricks to a blind dog can help her stay in her safe zone © Miki Saito When looking after a blind dog, it is vital to know his abilities as well as his challenges so we do not limit his world any more than necessary. Blind…

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A Positive Strategy

By Tamsin Durston With dogs so expert at reading human emotional expressions, their behavior will often be influenced by how their guardian is feeling © Can Stock Photo / cynoclub As I set up my dog on the start line of an agility course, I want her to feel excited and…

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A New Trend in Dog Boarding

By Rachel Brix Many dogs enjoy engaging in play, often with multiple types of toys © Ryan Brix Pioneered by Dr. Hal Markowitz in the 1960s, enrichment originated from a focus on zoo animals. He called zoos “concrete wastelands” (Bender & Strong, 2019) and was determined to improve the animals’…

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Why Do Dogs Spin Before They Poop?

Why Do Dogs Spin Before They Poop? When you are introduced into the doggy dog world you will notice peculiar things about your puppy. One of the quirks is that they spin before they poop. We know that they do it but the question remains as to why they do it. Not…

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