Efficacy of dog-appeasing pheromone (DAP)

Can Vet J. 2010 April; 51(4): 380–384.
PMCID: PMC2839826
Efficacy of dog-appeasing pheromone (DAP) for ameliorating separation-related behavioral signs in hospitalized dogs
Young-Mee Kim, Jong-Kyung Lee, A.M. Abd el-aty, Sung-Hee Hwang, Jae-Hoon Lee, and Sang-Mok Lee


Dogs hospitalized in veterinary clinics are likely to show signs of separation-induced anxiety from hospitalization. The study assessed the effect of dog-appeasing pheromone (DAP) . . . → Read More: Efficacy of dog-appeasing pheromone (DAP)

New Research; how odor is processed

“For most animals, smell is a very, very important thing,” said Harvard Professor Venkatesh Murthy. “If they are in an environment where there’s one overwhelming smell that’s irrelevant, they need to be able to detect a weak smell that may signal danger.” Earlier studies had hinted that the interneurons in the olfactory bulb are the primary . . . → Read More: New Research; how odor is processed

Canine Devocalization Position Statement

The American Animal Hospital Association is opposed to the practice known as debarking, canine devocalization or vocal cordectomy.

Devocalization for inappropriate and excessive vocalization is often ineffective in achieving the desired results and can deprive canines of the ability to perform a normal behavior. Appropriate behavioral modification efforts should be employed that avoid the use of punishment . . . → Read More: Canine Devocalization Position Statement

Track your dog – TAGG

A great product that I feel comfortable endorsing on the website. I have had Tagg pet trackers for my 2 dogs for several months. This is great if you are concerned about your dog when you are not at home, or when you go out and if he tends to wander. Also, I can imagine this would make you feel more comfortable if you were on vacation and you wanted to check on your dog at home, or if your dog was accompanying you and got away.

The small tracker attaches to your dogs collar. It sends a signal by GPS and overlays that with a Google earth map to locate your dog at any time. If you have an Android phone there is an App that will show the place your dog is at any time. Also, you don’t even need a cell phone to use the tracker, you can log in to check on your dog from any computer. Continue reading Track your dog – TAGG

Marines need feedback : deployment with IDD’s

For Immediate Release: Jan. 19, 2012
By Katherine H. Crawford, Office of Naval Research
Specialty canines were on a mission to sniff out trouble and display their explosive-detecting abilities Jan. 18 as part of an Office of Naval Research (ONR)-hosted “Top Dog Demo 2012.”
“These dogs have kept Marines alive by helping them move through the battle space,” said Lisa Albuquerque, program manager for ONR’s Naval Expeditionary Dog Program, part of ONR’s Expeditionary Warfare and Combating Terrorism Department. “Marines can focus on their mission because they’ve got these four-legged sensors helping to keep them safe.” Continue reading Marines need feedback : deployment with IDD’s

Behaviours in dogs separated from litter at different ages

Prevalence of owner-reported behaviours in dogs separated from the litter at two different ages

  1. L. Pierantoni, DVM1,M. Albertini, DVM, PhD2 andF. Pirrone, DVM, PhD2

The present study examined the prevalence of behaviours in dogs separated from the litter for adoption at different ages. Seventy adult dogs separated from their dam and littermates and adopted between the ages of 30 and 40 days were compared with 70 adult dogs that had been taken from the litter for adoption at two months. Owners were asked to complete a questionnaire eliciting information on whether their dog exhibited potentially problematic behaviours when in its usual environment. Continue reading Behaviours in dogs separated from litter at different ages

How Dogs Think And Learn About Human Behavior

Can dogs read our minds? How do they learn to beg for food or behave badly primarily when we’re not looking? According to Monique Udell and her team, from the University of Florida in the US, the way that dogs come to respond to the level of people’s attentiveness tells us something about the ways dogs think and learn about human behavior. Continue reading How Dogs Think And Learn About Human Behavior