fall 2 NH 2014

Canine Aggression Case Study – Fall 2014

Recently a blog reader wrote in after one of her dogs snapped at her. The incident generated a lively conversation in the comment section, and I thought it was worth writing a post about it. So many of us have been in a similar situation that I thought it would be a valuable discussion for lots of dog owners. The reader (thank you TK!) graciously agreed to let the incident serve as a case study, and I am grateful to her for providing us a jumping off point for a good discussion about how to handle an aggression-related behavioral problem. I’ll describe the incident, but before I go any further I should be clear that I am summarizing for the sake of brevity. If the dog’s owner was a client Read More

The Importance of Pets

It's uh...  "Throwback Monday?" Things are a tad crazy right now, what with winter looming,(Translation: Spend much of Sunday planting the 300 bulbs that arrived on Saturday. Be sore today.) and a trip to APDT tomorrow morning. I'll be giving the Keynote Wednesday morning, please come up and say hi if you are a blog reader. (There is also a book signing from 5-6 pm on Thursday, maybe see you there?) I've been having a hard time about leaving. Jim will be home and all the dogs, cats and sheep will be fine, but I am already missing them. (Which is ridiculous, given that I haven't even left yet.) This morning, as every morning, Willie put his front paws on the bed and after licking my face, Read More

salvia-sol seal 2014


In preparation for a talk I'll be giving soon in Madison, WI about the mental lives of animals, I've been reading Subliminal, by Leonard Mlodinow. I highly recommend it; Mlodinow elaborates on our increasing, and sometimes unsettling knowledge about the power of our unconscious. Here's a talk given by the author himself about the topic. (He also gets my vote for the best cover ever of a book: If you check it out on Amazon you can't tell that, in person, you can only see part of the cover until the light hits it just right. I burst out laughing after I'd purchased the book while thinking: "This cover is beyond strange" and then discovered the full cover while walking out of the Read More