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Groundbreaking New Study – Generation Pup

Groundbreaking New Study – Generation Pup

I have the absolute pleasure of being involved with something very exciting – Generation Pup.   Generation Pup is a groundbreaking new study funded by the Dogs Trust. This study is all about following the lives of puppies as they grow and develop. This is the first study of its kind to look at the health, behaviour and welfare of young dogs over time. What does it involve? The study involves owners filling out a series of questionnaires all about the environment, health,…

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Dogs: To Hug or Not to Hug?

Dogs: To Hug or Not to Hug?

Recently there has been a great debate over whether or not you should hug your dog. Dr Coren, a professor of psychology at The University of British Columbia, recently published this article in Psychology Today. Dr Coren used random photos of people hugging dogs from google and by reading the body language of the dogs in the photo, deduced that many of the dogs were showing signs of stress and anxiety. He therefore recommended that people shouldn’t hug their dogs….

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New Research – Stranger Danger!

New Research – Stranger Danger!

Our relationship with dogs really is one-of-a-kind. Dogs are incredibly tuned in to our behaviours and learn a lot about a situation purely based on our reactions. Researchers at the Aix Marseille University in France have discovered that, when confronted with a stranger, dogs look to their owners for guidance and react according to their owner’s reaction. Even without an emotional response, the simple physical action of the owner moving away from – or towards – a stranger significantly affects…

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New Research – Dogs Actively Help Their Friends!

New Research – Dogs Actively Help Their Friends!

We know that many animals, including dogs, are highly social. True prosociality is extremely rare however. Prosociality is where an individual voluntarily takes action to benefit others, often with little or no benefit to themselves. Humans are one of the only animals to act pro-socially, even our closest relatives – chimpanzees – have shown inconclusive evidence of doing so. I’m sure most of us have anecdotes about dogs helping each other or helping us, but are they really acting prosocially?. A…

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New Research – Help your dog relax with an audiobook

New Research – Help your dog relax with an audiobook

The positive effects of certain types of music for dogs have long been known. Classical music for example, has been shown to help dogs to relax. There is even a range of special CDs you can buy to play for your dog. But for the first time, researchers at Hartbury University have found the potential of audiobooks for dogs.   The study used dogs in kennels and split the dogs into 5 groups. They compared the effects of audiobooks, pop music, classical…

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