Blog Profile / The Other End of the Leash

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Archived Since:July 25, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Feral versus Fearful Cats

Our resident cats, Nellie and her daughter Polly, arrived almost two years ago thanks to friends who found a starving, half-dead adolescent cat in their yard. They took her in and nursed her back to health–which included discovering that she was pregnant, helping her raise five kittens and finding them all wonderful homes. No one […]

The Beauty of the “Ready” Cue

Ah, spring is finally coming. Along with the mud. I don’t know about you, but here in Southern Wisconsin the winter has been so severe that the ground is frozen as far as six feet down. Six vertical feet, just in case you’ve never had to dig fence post holes, is a long, long way. […]

Favorite African Photographs

This week I’m grading 150 term papers. Yup, a 150 of them. My Teaching Assistant, Peggy B, will also be grading aspects of these same papers, so you can imagine that the two of us will be, uh, a tad busy for awhile. That’s why this week’s blog is a compilation of some of my […]

Assessing “Assess-a-Hands”

When I began working as an animal behaviorist I evaluated dogs in a number of ways, one being to give them a prized resource and watch to see how they responded when I reached for it. I remember working on a stage with a dog who was said to bite if you tried to take away his toy. Show More Summary

A Memorial: Fund Raising for Puppy Up!

For almost twelve years, my Great Pyrenees Tulip was the farm’s jokester, a shiny-eyed, smiley-faced cross between an oversized seal pup and a benevolent polar bear. For twelve years she multi-tasked as the farm’s protector and its own personal stand up comedian. Show More Summary

Applied Ethology: Translations and Mis-Translations

Last week I posted a photo of Tootsie’s face that got a lot of reactions like: “She looks so angry!” “She looks mean!” That got everyone who knows Tootsie laughing, because she is about the least “angry” dog we’ve ever met. But, people...Show More Summary

Small Dog Privileges? Yes or No?

Let me begin with full disclosure: I have my own answer to the question above. I don’t begin to treat Tootsie, my King Charles Cavalier, like I treat Willie the Border Collie. Not just because she was a mill dog, and not just because she is spaniel instead of a Border Collie. Show More Summary

Decoding Your Dog: A Book Review

Decoding Your Dog is a new book from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, edited by D. Horowitz and J. Ciribassi, and it has a lot going for it. I have some quibbles too, but let’s start with the good news. Without question...Show More Summary

Adopting a Dog Into a Multi-Dog Household

As some of you know, on January 9 I did a webinar for ASPCApro on adopting a dog into a multi-dog home. It was geared toward shelter and rescue professionals and volunteers, covering everything from how to do the first introduction to managing the household as time goes on, and what to do if it’s simply not working. Show More Summary

Kiss to Dismiss?

Here’s an interesting question for you: What does a dog intend when it repeatedly licks the face of another? Muzzle licking has traditionally been interpreted as an appeasement behavior, usually done by a younger dog or a subordinate to the muzzle of another. Show More Summary

You Were Saying…?

This week is an especially busy one (my University course begins on Tuesday), so I am taking advantage of the never ending stream of mis-translated and bogus comments that flow into the “comment pending” section like water pouring into a washing machine. Show More Summary

How to Foster Dogs: New Book by P Miller

Fostering dogs from shelters, as a way to get them into a home setting while they wait for their forever family, used to be a rare occurrence. Many years ago I remember hearing about a shelter whose policies prevented workers and volunteers from taking dogs or cats home with them, even for brief periods. Show More Summary

Free Canine Communication Webinar Tuesday Jan 14th!

Just a quick announcement: I hope you can join me and Drs Suzanne Hetts and Michele Wan for the first “CAAB Chat” webinar, next Tuesday January 14th at 4 pm Eastern Time, 3 Central and 2 Mountain. This is the first in a series of free...Show More Summary

Pets as Gifts?

First off, Happy New Year! Here’s hoping that 2014 is everything you want it to be. There’s a timely issue making the rounds that I thought would result in an interesting discussion: giving pets as gifts. I’m sure you’ve all heard the...Show More Summary

Mandatory Introductions at Shelters?

I’ll be doing a Webinar for the ASPCA this Thursday (January 9th, 3 tp 4:30 PM Eastern) titled “Multi-Dog Households: From First Date to After the Honeymoon.” One of the topics I’ll be discussing is the “mandatory introduction” policy...Show More Summary

If I Only Had a Tail Contest Winner!

Congratulations Lisa W! It was a hard decision, because every entry made us laugh, but we choose Lisa’s ditty as the winner. Here it is: We could lay prone in the fallows And wade through all the shallows What things we could unveilShow More Summary

The Five Things Our Dogs Want for Christmas

Chew bones and tasty snacks are nice, but here is what I think our dogs really want for Christmas: 1. CLARITY: Our dogs are living with aliens–us. They may love us deeply, but they still spend much of their life confused. After all, dogs are living in a world in which we yell at them for eating poop, and then pick it up and hoard it ourselves. Show More Summary

Why Doggie, What Beautiful Teeth You Have!

Last week I wrote about my desire to have a tail and all of its functions. (Don’t miss reader’s submissions of “If I Only Had a Brain” re-written with lyrics about a tail. It’ll make your day.) This week I’m going to focus on teeth,Show More Summary

If I Only Had a Tail…

This is the time of year that I regret not having a tail. If I had one, I could curl it around my nose as did Nellie and Polly this morning, the thermometer descending toward single digits. Better yet, I could use it to wag from the shoulders back, like Willie does when Jim comes home. Show More Summary

Thanks Giving, Giving Thanks

The best part of Thanksgiving has got to be cold turkey sandwiches the next day, with cranberry sauce and stuffing (yes, that’s bread within the bread, an explosion of carbohydrates that never fails to make me happy). Or maybe it’s lying around, dog-like, after eating a big meal, with no expectations beyond passive digestion. Show More Summary

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