Week In Review, March 14, 2010

This past week our Woof Wednesday guest was Rod Burkert of GoPetFriendly.com. Rod and his family are on the road travelling in their new GoPetFriendly Winnebago, and you can keep up with their adventures on the GoPetFriendly Blog. This week’s Woof Wednesday guest will be Lorie Huston DVM, a veterinarian for over 20 years and the author of The Pet Health Care Gazette; Lorie and I will be discussing behavioral medications in dogs. Guests in the upcoming weeks include Sarah Kalnajs of Blue Dog Training and Behavior and Peta Clarke of Animal Training Solutions.

A point of emphasis that I always try to make when talking about the behavior of dogs is that it is our responsibility to communicate clearly with them, to train them in the behaviors we want them to display. Kelly Gorman Dunbar wrote an excellent article about this recently on Dog Star Daily entitled Change Your Perspective and Train Your Dog.

Although I worry about over anthropomorphizing when it comes to dogs, the articleThe Ethical Dog appearing in Scientific American Mind has some interesting observations about how dogs keep it fair when it comes to play.

And finally, Debunking the Dominance Myth by Carmen Buitrago (provided by our friend Angela Adams of Fun4Fido) deals with the continuing fallacy of laying the blame for all dog behaviors at the doorstep of dominance.

Have a great weekend and we’ll talk soon.

Cheers

Kevin, Jackie, Gavin, Annie, Tosha, Elbee

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