Gut Flora and its role in health and disease One of the most interesting trends in research today is how bacteria influences human health. But the role that bacteria plays in keeping us healthy and protecting us from disease is vast and complex. When the balance of this bacteria world in our gut gets upset, it.. read more →

Research suggests that dogs are capable of making judgements based on our behavior. Is this something we can adapt for our shy, reactive or aggressive dogs or do they even have the same ability? Dogs Judge Unhelpful People It’s more likely that dogs aren’t capable of magic, but may be more in tune with behaviour.. read more →

Dog bites are a very common occurrence during the holidays. One key reason is that everyone—including your dog—is stressed.  Here are just some of the risk factors to keep an eye on. Stress is a precursor to aggression We all experience stress from time to time and a certain amount of it (called Eustress) is actually good.. read more →

Unfortunately there are still many trainers using aversive methods to train dogs. Adverse methods are focused on the end behavior and ignore the emotional state of the dog. Not only is it unnecessary, the emotional state of the dog should always come first. But when it comes to trying to deal with or treat aggression.. read more →

This is great! We all can participate anonymously in this study on how owner personality affects a pet dog’s behavior by filling in this online questionnaire.  The results will help dog owners understand the influence they are having on their dogs. Knowing this will allow us to modify our interactions in a positive way. This is particularly.. read more →

  Love is more than just a feeling. Love is also the actions we do and the consideration we show for those that we love. Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, what better time to talk about just some of the ways we can love our dog? The Gift of Understanding This is a big.. read more →

Typically when a dog owner first researches whether medication could be used for aggression, they learn there are a number of medications that could be used.  Which medication is best? Which medication(s) your dog will best respond to depends on the diagnosis, because aggression is only a symptom of an underlying problem, not a diagnosis.. read more →

5 books for the dog lover on your list.  Yes, you can put yourself on that list! We talk a lot about dog-training on this site, but we wanted to offer a break from that to find books about dogs that would truly feel like a gift.  The following 5 books come from quite different.. read more →

5 Reasons Why Leash Training Dogs is So Important We all would prefer that our dog doesn’t pull us, but here are some reasons why training your dog not to pull on a leash – or more accurately – training your dog to walk with a loose leash – is actually important. 1. When dogs.. read more →

We would all like to walk our dogs without having them pull us.  But how many of us realize that it’s not all that natural for some dogs to walk as slowly as we do? And beside us no less? How many off leash dogs have you seen go for a walk side by side.. read more →