May 28, 2018

Do dogs daydream like we do? Until recently, we would have to say we could never know. Now, with new advancements in canine cognition research, we can understand what dogs might be thinking when at rest. When humans are told to do nothing while in an fMRI scanner, ther...

May 23, 2018

Separation anxiety in dogs is characterized by behavioral signs related to physical, psychological, or behavioral distress in the absence of the dog owner. This absence does not need to be long – many separation anxiety related behaviors occur immediately and can be he...

May 16, 2018

Have you ever seen one of those visual illusions? Dogs are susceptible to visual illusions, too, just in a different way. Two illusory displays that consistently fool humans are the Ebbinghaus-Titchener & Delboeuf illusions. The Ebbinghaus-Titchener illusion presents t...

May 12, 2018

In order to better understand how training dogs with aversive shock collars effects dog behavior, a team of researchers in the Netherlands observed police and guard dog trainings with and without the use of an electronic shock collar. Most of these dogs were German She...

May 2, 2018

From a general level, positive reinforcement carries the least risk for undesirable outcomes such as aggression, escape behavior, fear of the punisher, apathy, etc. Punishment (the addition of something unpleasant, or the removal of something pleasant) might work at de...

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