Dogs can learn object names

Some Dogs May Understand That Our Sounds Refer To Particular Objects: Border Collie Comprehends Over 1,000 Object Names
08 Jan 2011

Researchers at Wofford College discovered that a Border Collie comprehends the names of over 1000 objects, differentiating between names of objects and orders to fetch them. This research deepens the findings of researchers in Germany, who had . . . → Read More: Dogs can learn object names

Animal Behavior Resource

new animal behavior resource information page from veterinary non-profit, articles and resources to help understand . . . → Read More: Animal Behavior Resource

What Really Prompts The Dog’s ‘Guilty Look’

ScienceDaily (June 14, 2009)’ What dog owner has not come home to a broken vase or other valuable items and a guilty-looking dog slouching around the house? By ingeniously setting up conditions where the owner was misinformed as to whether their dog had really committed an offense, Alexandra Horowitz, Assistant Professor from Barnard College in New York, uncovered the origins of the guilty look in dogs in the recently published Canine Behaviour and CognitionSpecial Issue of Elsevies’s Behavioural Processes. Continue reading What Really Prompts The Dog’s ‘Guilty Look’

AVSAB position statement on punishment for behavior modification

The AVSAB’s position is that punishment (e.g. choke chains, pinch collars, and electronic collars) should not be used as a first-line or early-use treatment for behavior problems. This is due to the potential adverse effects which include but are not limited to: inhibition of learning, increased fear-related and aggressive behaviors, and injury to animals and people interacting with animals.
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AVSAB statement on effects of punishment

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
Position Statement on Adverse effects of Punishment

Adverse Effects of Punishment

Punishment can be effective in specific cases, but it must be used carefully due to the difficulties of performing it properly compared to positive reinforcement and due to its potential adverse effects. The following is a description of the difficulties and adverse effects that one should be aware of when using punishment (aversives). Continue reading AVSAB statement on effects of punishment

How to have a good dog

(Thanks to Christy Hill for this great post on how to select a good dog. Her post was specifically in regard to service dogs; but is so applicable to all areas of dog training and behavior that we have re-posted it here.) Continue reading How to have a good dog

Detector dog duty cycle

Excerpts: Dogs have been used successfully for years by military and law enforcement. Dogs and their handlers are the most widely used, accurate, durable and flexible system available for detecting illegal drugs and explosives. A critical aspect of canine performance is their effective duty cycle.

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