Shelter dogs need days to adapt to new surroundings

Those of us who have worked with shelter dogs will find this as no surprise - but now there's scientific data to show that dogs are stressed and restless when housed in the shelter environment.

Doggy quote of the month for August

The quote for the month of August is from Charles Darwin

You Can Snuggle Wolf Pups All You Want, They Still Won’t ‘Get’ You Quite Like Your Dog

Our dogs' ability to understand human gestures is a complex cognitive ability that is rare in the animal kingdom. Our closest relatives, the chimpanzees, can’t do it. And the dogs’ closest relative, the wolf, can’t either. Read about this new research from Duke University in my latest blog.

Buddhism for Pet Lovers

The book Buddhism for Pet Lovers uses the principles of Tibetan Buddhism to explain our relationship with companion animals and what we can do to enhance our bond. The chapter on end of life has been particularly useful since I have lost several dogs in my practice over the last 7 weeks.

Dog-themed locations around the globe

In my July column for NZ Dog World, I discuss 'what's in a name' after researching geographical locations with dog-themed names - thanks to the role of dogs in their history.

Canine faeces reveal more about 17th century working sled dogs

Proteins from frozen canine faeces have been successfully extracted for the first time to reveal more about the diets of Arctic sled dogs.

The importance of a greeting

In this blog post, I share a short video of Dalmatian Velo's greeting when I arrived at his home for his regular therapy session. Beyond starting the day in a positive way for both of us, the greeting gives me important information that I couldn't necessarily see in a clinic setting. Mobile services are excellent for many reasons!

Doggy quote of the month for July

The quote of the month for July is from Leonardo da Vinci and features long-time client, Stan

Early Antarctic explorers malnourished their dogs

Research from our own Canterbury Museum shows that the early explorers of Antarctica had the right food food their dogs, but they underestimated how many calories the dogs needed

Puppies are wired to communicate with people

Researchers at the University of Arizona are studying communication skills in puppies as part of research into finding the dogs which make the best assistance dogs. Puppies have the innate ability to communicate and learn more as they grow...

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Doggy Mom
The blog about everything dog

I've been blogging since 2010 about a range of dog issues. I particularly like sharing the latest research news and I always share a Doggy Quote of the Month