Socializing Your Dog During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Social distancing is an important component of keeping us all safe and healthy during these times.  But as a social animal, your dog might be feeling the effects of reduced social contact with other pets and people. The American Veterinary Medical Association has created a list of helpful tips on how to modify your dog’s … Continue reading Socializing Your Dog During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Dogs Help in Conservation of Endangered Species

As if we needed further proof that dogs are awesome, here’s a story about how specially trained dogs (and their sensitive noses) are helping conservationists study and protect endangered species in the wild. According to an article on the CNN website, dogs are being trained to accompany researchers out into the field and help them … Continue reading Dogs Help in Conservation of Endangered Species

Environmental Enrichment for Pet Birds

The Veterinary College at Texas A&M University has put out some very helpful tips on how to provide your pet birds with environmental enrichment and mental stimulation. They report that birds are happiest when given many different forms of enrichment.  Not surprising given their intelligence, curiosity, and sociability! Here are a few tips, but be … Continue reading Environmental Enrichment for Pet Birds

UK Bans Use of Shock Collars for Pets

The UK’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs announced new legislation banning the use of electronic training collars for dogs and cats. These devices, commonly called shock collars or e-collars, send an electronic pulse to your pet, with the idea of correcting unwanted behaviors.  Animal welfare experts note that the devices cause unnecessary harm … Continue reading UK Bans Use of Shock Collars for Pets

Study Shows MRI Scans Help Find Best Service Dog Candidates

In the ongoing effort to understand what our pets are thinking, researchers have been performing MRI scans on dogs’ brains for the past several years.  A recent canine brain scan study conducted by scientists at Emory University may help determine which dogs will make the best service dogs. 43 service dogs in training with the … Continue reading Study Shows MRI Scans Help Find Best Service Dog Candidates