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Well Exercised Dogs Are Smarter

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Dog Intelligence, Featured, What Makes Dog's Tick?, Working With Dogs | 0 comments

Well Exercised Dogs Are Smarter

“A strong body makes the mind strong…” ~ Thomas Jefferson   Exercise not only develops a strong cardiovascular system and strengthen bones but is can stimulate brain growth!   Not just in humans, but in our dogs! Anthropologist David A. Raichlen from the University of Arizona led out in research whose findings suggested that exercise helps the brain to grow, and boosts the body’s production of neurotrophins – chemicals that build and maintain brain cells.  He tested dogs, ferrets and humans in the research. In another study comparing brains of two groups of mice,...

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Indoor Winter Games for Dogs

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Dog Intelligence, Featured, What Makes Dog's Tick?, Working With Dogs | Comments Off on Indoor Winter Games for Dogs

Indoor Winter Games for Dogs

With winter in full swing and most of the nation getting snow if not rain, our dogs are spending much more time indoors just as we are. However,  please don’t let the wet and cold weather hamper your dog’s fun. Dogs who don’t engage in a lot of play suffer from behavioral issues such as […]

With winter in full swing and most of the nation getting snow if not rain, our dogs are spending much more time indoors just as we are. However,  please don’t let the wet and cold weather hamper your dog’s fun. Dogs who don’t engage in a lot of play suffer from behavioral issues such as anxiety and aggression.  Let’s not allow this to happen with our dogs just because we can’t take them for a walk or have regular play time outside in the Winter. Have you read about the 2014 studies that found a correlation between interactive play and a dogs well-being? I have found...

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Enrichment and Enriched Environments For Puppies

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Breeder's Corner, Dog Intelligence, Featured | Comments Off on Enrichment and Enriched Environments For Puppies

Enrichment and Enriched Environments For Puppies

Enrichment and Enriched Environments For Puppies Did you know that your puppy will actually have a larger brain and be more emotionally stable than the average puppy if their breeder has raised in an enriched environment and spent time putting them through enrichment and bonding exercises? The key here that the critical socialization period is […]

Enrichment and Enriched Environments For Puppies Did you know that your puppy will actually have a larger brain and be more emotionally stable than the average puppy if their breeder has raised in an enriched environment and spent time putting them through enrichment and bonding exercises? The key here that the critical socialization period is this an incredibly short time where the breeder has an opportunity to make a much more profound impact on behavior, compared to even a few weeks later in the puppy’s life. As a natural rearing breeder myself, I use the Puppy Culture Program for...

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Enrichment For Dogs

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Dog Intelligence, Dog News The Latest Poop, Featured, What Makes Dog's Tick?, Working With Dogs | Comments Off on Enrichment For Dogs

Enrichment For Dogs

By Dr. Jeannie Thomason I touched a bit on enriching environments for our dogs in my last blog post and I want to go into a little more detail today. First of all, environmental enrichment is also called emotional or behavioral enrichment, meaning that it enhancing an animal’s surroundings and lifestyle so that he is […]

By Dr. Jeannie Thomason I touched a bit on enriching environments for our dogs in my last blog post and I want to go into a little more detail today. First of all, environmental enrichment is also called emotional or behavioral enrichment, meaning that it enhancing an animal’s surroundings and lifestyle so that he is presented with novelty in his environment, opportunities to learn, and encouragement to engage in instinctive, species-specific behaviors. Environmental enrichment has been found to help address many emotional/ behavioral disorders in dogs, including, boredom  and/or frustration...

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Dog’s Nose Knows – Pee-Mail

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Dog Intelligence, Featured, What Makes Dog's Tick? | Comments Off on Dog’s Nose Knows – Pee-Mail

“Pee-Mail” This is Part II of The Dog’s Nose Knows – “Pee-Mail” I love this description of dog communiques from Coren: “Dogs read about the world through their noses, and they write their messages, at least to other dogs, in their urine.” It’s tempting to drag your dog along on a walk when he’s sniffing […]

“Pee-Mail” This is Part II of The Dog’s Nose Knows – “Pee-Mail” I love this description of dog communiques from Coren: “Dogs read about the world through their noses, and they write their messages, at least to other dogs, in their urine.” It’s tempting to drag your dog along on a walk when he’s sniffing everything annoyingly slowly, but give him chance to read the neighborhood gossip column, and let him do a little writing while he’s at it. For a dog, smelling another dog’s “pee” is how they know all about that dog –  what sex it...

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Conditioning is not Learning (dog training)

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Dog Intelligence, Dog News The Latest Poop, Featured, Working With Dogs | Comments Off on Conditioning is not Learning (dog training)

The following article is something I hope all dog lovers and especially trainers will read with an open heart and mind for this is the truth. Are we really working WITH our dogs and teaching them or are we just conditioning them to respond to stimuli? Conditioning is not Learning Posted with permission of the […]

The following article is something I hope all dog lovers and especially trainers will read with an open heart and mind for this is the truth. Are we really working WITH our dogs and teaching them or are we just conditioning them to respond to stimuli? Conditioning is not Learning Posted with permission of the author: Francesco De Giorgio of Learning Animals When people talk about learning, they refer to elements as: becoming informed, or the acquiring of knowledge or skills by studying, or gaining a skill or understanding by experience. They usually do not refer to: ‘Getting...

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