Working With Dogs

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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Our Dogs Are The Choices We Make

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Dog News The Latest Poop, Featured, Working With Dogs | Comments Off on Our Dogs Are The Choices We Make

Our Dogs Are The Choices We Make

Have you ever considered that with every choice we make in life, we are participating in the  very creation of what our life will be?  This applies to our companion animals as well since we must make the choices for them every day they are with us. Our Dogs Are The Choices We Make We […]

Have you ever considered that with every choice we make in life, we are participating in the  very creation of what our life will be?  This applies to our companion animals as well since we must make the choices for them every day they are with us. Our Dogs Are The Choices We Make We are always faced with choices, every day, all day, every month, every year.  The choices we make for our Dogs (as well as for ourselves) are of vital importance as to what kind of  physical and emotional health and life they will have.  We have choices as to: what to feed them, whether to vaccinate them or not,...

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More Ideas and Information on Sensory Gardens

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Dog News The Latest Poop, Doggone Home & Garden Stuff, Featured, Working With Dogs | Comments Off on More Ideas and Information on Sensory Gardens

More Ideas and Information on Sensory Gardens

You may remember me writing a few articles on enrichment for our dogs earlier this year, I wrote about and shared what I had learned about Sensory or Snuffle gardens with you.   https://thewholedog.com/sensory-snuffle-garden/ While doing some research for future articles and my NR Puppy book this morning, I came across an online UK dog magazine […]

You may remember me writing a few articles on enrichment for our dogs earlier this year, I wrote about and shared what I had learned about Sensory or Snuffle gardens with you.   https://thewholedog.com/sensory-snuffle-garden/ While doing some research for future articles and my NR Puppy book this morning, I came across an online UK dog magazine that featured an article on sensory gardens for dogs.  There are some nice photos of at least one sensory garden to help you better envision what you can do. http://www.yourdog.co.uk/Dog-Health-and-Care/can-i-create-a-sensory-garden-for-my-dog.html...

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Brain Games For Dogs That Increase Intelligence and More

Posted by on Aug 20, 2016 in Dog News The Latest Poop, Featured, What Makes Dog's Tick?, Working With Dogs | Comments Off on Brain Games For Dogs That Increase Intelligence and More

Brain Games For Dogs That Increase Intelligence and More

Brain Games and Complex Environments Increase Intelligence in Dogs Proven fact: The brains of animals that have lived in a changing or varied and more complex environment actually become larger than dogs who don’t. New connections develop between existing neurons in the cortex as a result of varied experiences. Recent evidence demonstrates that it is even […]

Brain Games and Complex Environments Increase Intelligence in Dogs Proven fact: The brains of animals that have lived in a changing or varied and more complex environment actually become larger than dogs who don’t. New connections develop between existing neurons in the cortex as a result of varied experiences. Recent evidence demonstrates that it is even possible to grow new neural cells in important areas of the brain that are associated with learning, memory and the organization of behavior. We can actually change the physiology of our dog’s brain. By providing certain...

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The Dog’s Nose And Emotions

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Dog Aromatherapy, Featured, What Makes Dog's Tick?, Working With Dogs | Comments Off on The Dog’s Nose And Emotions

The Dog’s Nose And Emotions

What Does a Dog’s Nose Have To Do With Their Emotions? A dog’s nose dominates his brain; In fact the part of the brain dedicated to scent is forty times greater in a dog than in a human. As you have read in my series the Dog’s Nose Knows, the dog’s brain is literally built […]

What Does a Dog’s Nose Have To Do With Their Emotions? A dog’s nose dominates his brain; In fact the part of the brain dedicated to scent is forty times greater in a dog than in a human. As you have read in my series the Dog’s Nose Knows, the dog’s brain is literally built by and around the information it recieves from scents. The sense of scent or smell is very closely linked to emotions.  What this means is that the dog’s emotional experience may be even greater than we have ever imagined. Have you ever smelled something that evoked a memory for you? Have you ever...

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