What “Play” Between Dogs Means…

What "Play" Between Dogs Means...

Lots of interesting research is being done on dog behavior and one fascinating field of study is on play.   Play is thought to serve several functions. For dogs, coyotes, wolves and foxes, play is important for the development of social skills, for the formation and maintenance of social bonds, to provide exercise and to teach hand-eye coordination. Play fighting and other play behaviors can provide practice for the real thing (Bekoff & Pierce, 2009). To solicit play, dogs frequently offer a “play bow” (a pose where the animal crouches down on the forepaws and sticks their hindquarters in the … Continue reading

Important Tips for Avoiding Dog Bites

Dog Bites Issues: How to Avoid Dog Bites

A recent survey indicated that 54.4% of US households own a dog and that there are a total of 77.8 million dogs owned in the USA (Industry Trends, 2016). A 2014 survey of Canadians revealed that 34% of Canadian households contain at least one dog, resulting in an estimated population of 6.4 million dogs in Canada (Canadian Animal Health Institute, n.d.). While dogs are generally cooperative and social animals who live and work in harmony with people, sometimes dogs bite. Statistics indicate 4.5 million dog bites occur in the USA each year and that, among children, the rate of dog bites is … Continue reading

Fun Tips for Tracking and Trailing with the Family Dog!

Tracking and Trailing Benefits With Your Pet Dogs

It’s no secret that the scenting ability of dogs is amazing. Dogs have been instrumental in assisting humans whether it’s searching for missing people and animals, identifying gas leaks or bombs, indicating early medical changes in people and in helping resolve criminal cases.   Some dogs have even more unusual tasks like the trained beagle who has been trained to identify whether or not a female polar bear is pregnant and who has a reported 97% accuracy rate in his work. Another dog is trained to detect the presence of the bacteria “C. difficile” in the hospital environment. When he indicates … Continue reading