Category: Dog

Defining and Refining the “Cortisol Vacation”

Defining and Refining the “Cortisol Vacation”

Peer reviewed

 

So much is yet unknown about how mammals’ bodies react to stress, and so many answers start with that ever frustrating phrase of “it depends”; however, there have been a number of studies that suggest we should, at the very least, question the cortisol vacation as a hard and fast rule….

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Working With Dogs and Children

Working With Dogs and Children

Peer reviewed

Some people are dog people, some people are kid people, some people are both. Those who are just dog people struggle to understand what all the fuss is about kids, and those who are just kid people don’t understand why and how you can possibly love a dog like a family member. As a mum of three young kids, an IAABC accredited dog trainer, a Family Paws Parent Educator and a crazy dog lover, I get it all!

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“Til Death Do Us Part”: The Realities of COVID-19 and Your Dog

“Til Death Do Us Part”: The Realities of COVID-19 and Your Dog

As an applied animal behaviorist and a nurse, I have first-hand experience with the disruption that COVID-19 catapulted at us in my professional life as well as through my family’s tragedy. It has brought home in stark terms the need that all of us have to be prepared for sudden, unexpected events in our lives….

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Lessons from my Dogs: Reflections on Animal Rights and Dog Training

Lessons from my Dogs: Reflections on Animal Rights and Dog Training

Peer reviewed

 

Although thinking about animal rights and related questions of welfare can be complicated, uncomfortable, messy, and at times upsetting, critically reflecting on where we stand on questions of animal rights—and why—can help us be more intentional in living the kinds of relationships we want to create with the animals in our lives….

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