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Studies show that positive reinforcement should be used to train dogs

A review on previous studies shows the harmful effects of punishment and negative reinforcement when training dogs: The effects of using aversive training methods in dogs—A review

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The puppy farm effect…

The full text of this article goes into the scientific detail behind the high risk of behavioural problems that develop in dogs coming from puppy farming situations. The Victorian government instituted laws in 2015-2016 that greatly improve dog welfare by

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Reducing fear responses in cattle shows evidence for improved health

It is great to see that there is becoming more recognition of the role of anxiety and fear in the health of our farmed animals. This is a good article showing the importance of reducing fear in future situations by

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How treating a behaviour problem saved one dog’s life…

I’d like to share a story about a Jack Russell terrier with a behaviour problem. Izzy has a problem with reactivity to other animals. She is highly reactive towards other dogs and shows anxious behaviours if she knows that there

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Desexing as a treatment for aggression

When working in India with street dogs, dog fights between entire dogs were common and desexing was beneficial at reducing the incidence of aggression in dogs and dog fighting. In that environment, desexing certainly helped because there was regular competition

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Separation Anxiety Study

Over this past year, several universities have collaborated to perform a more in depth study into one of the most common and yet under-treated mental health diseases of pets. “Separation anxiety”  or “separation related distress” along with many other  names

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