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© 2016 by Lee Charles Kelley.

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House-hunters have a typical list of criteria which must be considered when scouring potential properties. Obviously, price, yard space, and the house itself are primary considerations. In addition, more forward-thinking considerations such as the school district’s quality, demographics of a given neighborhood, and kid-friendliness must also be weighed.

For dog lovers, they must also consider what their dog is going to think of the new abo...

August 11, 2017

Are We Putting too Much Pressure on Puppies to Learn Obedience too Soon?

“I have spent the past few years puzzling over why dog training is no longer working that well. Today there is much more management and less reliability...”                                                                                   — Dr. Ian Dunbar....

August 11, 2017

Holding a Mirror Up to Science and Nature: Can Dogs Pass the "Mirror Test?"

Throwing Water on His Enthusiasm 
When “The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness” was made on July 12th last year, I refrained from making any critical comments in deference to Marc Bekoff, my (then) colleague at PsychologyToday.com. I didn’t want to throw any water on his enthusiasm by writing a more realistic assessment (such as the one found here).


What is the declaration? You c...

August 8, 2017

 Observe, Wonder, Feel & Be

One evening, many years ago I was at a high school basketball court on the East Side of Manhattan with two dogs: my Dalmatian Freddie and a client’s Jack Russell terrier named Mack. (Someone in the neighborhood was on the city council, owned a dog, and had pulled some strings to allow us to exercise our dogs there in the evenings.)

The dogs were all playing nicely. Everyone was having fun. Then a light rain started, some kids began...

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