Training methods based on punishment compromise animal welfare

Dogs trained using aversive stimuli, which involve punishments for incorrect behavior, show evidence of higher stress levels compared to dogs trained with reward-based methods says a new study. Added evidence of why you need to look for Free Free trainers!

A Safer Way to Train Detection Dogs

Training detection dogs with real hazardous substances can be inconvenient and dangerous. Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have discovered ways of infusing a jello-like substance with odours of controlled substances which are much safer for the dogs.

Showered with Love

Spot has been coming to visit us for daycare, and he's left his mark...

Pets, touch and Covid-19: why our furry friends are lifesavers

Researchers at the University of South Australia have published a paper about why pets have been so important during the Covid-19 pandemic: they provide us with the needed sensation of touch and they also need touch...

The Top Dog Film Festival

My report on the 3rd annual Top Dog Film Festival is published in the December issue of NZ Dog World. Izzy and Spot had front row seats for this dog-friendly event.

Perspectives on budgeting

In this post, I explain why the financial budget isn't the only source of stress when a dog owner is faced with their dog's serious illness or surgery.

Doggy quote of the month for December

A great quote this month about humanity...

A Christmas song for dogs

"Raise the Woof" uses sounds and spoken words that are supposed to elicit a response from dogs. Click on the link and see if your dog reacts.

Raised dog beds

Raised dog beds with a metal frame are an accident waiting to happen - in this blog post I share a ''free to a good home" offer that should be sent to the scrap yard instead!

New research reveals widespread contamination of English rivers with pesticides commonly used as flea treatments

The chemicals present in flea treatments are finding their way into English waterways and becoming a source of contamination. Makes you wonder what we are putting on our dogs, doesn't it?

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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