Showing posts from April, 2012

The Effect of Recession on Companion Animals

Two studies show the effects of economic hardship on companion animals. Photo: Miroslava Levina/Shutterstock By Zazie Todd, PhD With the news yesterday that the UK is in a double-dip recession, and other world economies still struggling, the effect is likely to be felt by animals too. Over the last few years, there have been many reports in the media about animal rescue charities being inundated with cats and dogs due to the recession. These reports are illustrated with heart-breaking examples such as the sixteen year-old border collie surrendered to a rescue because her owner could no longer afford to look after her. Although many rescues are bursting at the seams, actual data is hard to come by. Two recent studies address this by looking at the effect of the recession on animal relinquishment and adoption in the US. A paper by Gregory Morris and Jennifer Steffler considered foreclosures and dog relinquishment in the Californian city of Turlock in 2008, which was the

The Dog Dominance Myth

This page is being used for test purposes. Please choose another page from the sidebar. Thank you. This is a test of whether not previewing the page is the issue. Turns out that's not it. Now I'm testing the Etsy ad. It was the ad! This page contains affiliate links which means I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases at no cost to you. This is another test of the photo link up. One of the things I often hear about dogs is that they are always trying to be dominant. It comes up in advice that is sometimes given about dog training. For example, that you should always eat before your dog, otherwise it will think that it is dominant; that you shouldn't let your dog walk in front of you, or go through a door ahead of you, or win a game of tug of war. It makes people's relationships with their dogs sound like a constant battle. Fortunately it's not true. This idea of dominance comes from what I'll loosely cal

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