December 25, 2017

...& the Fear of Fireworks

Excerpted from an article written for DogsNaturally Magazine.

Tension & Release

Fear of thunderstorms can be debilitating for some dogs. I’ve discovered a unique solution to this problem that I’d like to share with you. And, oddly enough, I learned it from a Sheltie named Duncan.

First of all, it’s important to understand that fear of any kind manifests in one of three ways: fight, flight, or freeze. I use a model of learning called N...

September 26, 2017

When people living with a mental illness were asked what helped them manage their conditions, many listed their pets. In fact, 80 percent of participants said their pets were a crucial part of their support network. There are many ways pets can help people to live mentally healthier lives. The study found that pets were beneficial in helping people to exercise and develop routines. Pets also offered a distraction, reduced the social stigma of mental illness...

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...

A Distant Feeling

If you’ve read my previous posts on telepathy in dogs, you know that the term telepathy is a portmanteau word cobbled from the Greek for distant (tele) and feeling (pathy). It was coined in 1882 by Frederic W. H. Myers, a founder of the Society for Physical Research.

According to Wikipedia, “Telepathy experiments have historically been criticized for lack of proper controls and repeatability. There is no convincing evidence that telepathy ex...

June 24, 2017

Sigmund Freud and Two Chow Pups

Do Dogs Have an Uncanny Ability to Retrieve Our Unconscious Desires?

(Originally published in slightly different form on April 21, 2010 at PsychologyToday.com)

Dogs as a Freudian Therapists

In my most recent blog post here I presented the idea that dogs may be telepathic, that is able to feel at a distance what their owners are feeling. This ability is also present in a very common phenomenon most dog owners are either unaware of...

June 24, 2017

How do some dogs know when their owners are coming home?

A Distant Feeling

Have you ever answered the phone and said, “I was just thinking about you!” Have you ever had a gut reaction to someone because you felt they had a bad “vibe?” Has anyone you know experienced a sinking sensation that a child of theirs has just been in a terrible accident, which turned out to be true? These are all examples of telepathy, the ability to sense or feel things about friends...

June 23, 2017

What are the benefits, if any, of taking your dog to a dog park or dog run?

Problems With Taking Your Dog to the Dog Run

Years ago I used to love taking dogs to the dog run. I don't anymore. I've seen too many situations where dogs, their owners or dog walkers, were out of control.

In one case I saw a dog walker pick up one of the dogs he was with. Apparently he thought she was misbehaving, so he lifted her up in the air then threw her to the ground as hard a...

Myth: When a Dog Goes Through the Door First It Means He “Thinks He’s Alpha”

"It's the UPS Guy!"

If your dog gets overly excited when you come home or when guests or the UPS guy comes over—barking, jumping up, spinning around in crazy circles, even accidentally urinating—what is the best way to solve the problem?

Simple. Teach her that every time you or someone else comes through the door, her job is to grab a toy and bring it to them so that person can throw...

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