Is Verbal Praise Enough Reward for Dog Obedience Training?

Old-style dog training relied mostly on verbal praise and occasional petting as rewards. Just how effective are those techniques?

How to Create a Successful Working Dog

Some unexpected factors that are important in training a working dog include the owner's personality and the amount of exercise that the dog gets.

Does a Person’s Familiarity Affect a Dog’s Obedience?

When it comes to responding to obedience commands does it make a difference whether the person trying to control the dog is its owner, someone who is familiar or a stranger?

Do Dogs Respond to the “Human” Qualities of Spoken Commands?

Even without the explicit training, dogs are sensitive to the “human” qualities of the verbal commands that we give to them.

Why Do Dogs Like to Sniff Crotches?

That rude behavior on the part of your dog is triggered by the fact that scents from your groin area contain a lot more information about you than you might expect. Nonetheless such ill-mannered behavior on the part of your dog can have significant consequences.

Do Dogs Really Feel Shame and Guilt?

Despite the rising popularity of dog shaming sites on the internet, research is now suggesting that the "guilty look" on your dog may have nothing to do with the emotions of guilt or shame — but it may be useful for the dog.

Is Jealousy One of the Emotions that Dogs Experience?

Recent data shows that dogs feel jealousy when their owner's attention and affection seems to be directed toward another dog, but not when the target capturing their owner's attention is obviously an inanimate object.

Do Puppy Personality Tests Predict Adult Dog Behaviors?

Temperament testing in litters of puppies is quite common, however many of the tests used today have not been scientifically tested to see if they actually predict the behaviors of adult dogs. Some new data looks at how valid these tests are in determining the ultimate personality of dogs.

Self-Control in Dogs Is a Limited Resource

After a dog is required to exert some self-restraint in a task their willpower seems to be diminished for efforts that follow — including their ability to suppress aggressive impulses.

How Intelligent Do People Actually Think Dogs Are?

The stronger the emotional bond between a dog owner and his pet, the more intelligent the dog is judged to be.

Infection Detection Dogs

During a recent outbreak of a contagious illness in a Dutch hospital a Beagle named Cliff was used to identify patients with the infective agent that is responsible for many of the dreaded "hospital acquired infections".

How Well Can Children Interpret a Dog's Emotional State?

When it comes to identifying aggressive, friendly, and fearful emotions in dogs our accuracy increases with age. Young children have particular difficulty identifying fearful dogs.

Autistic Kids Train Service Dogs While Healing Themselves

A new research project shows how autistic kids improve their communication skills while helping to train young puppies. You can see this in the amazing and heartwarming video in this blog.

Jimmy Stewart and a Dog Named Beau

Film actor Jimmy Stewart had a love for dogs, but one in particular was so special that it could still bring out a deep emotional response in him long after the dog had passed away.

Dogs and Mammoths — a New Glimpse at Early Canine History

Analysis of sites where Stone Age men killed giant mammoths suggests that early dogs were domesticated to aid in the hunt, and may have been so efficient that they helped drive mammoths to extinction.

14 Dog Breeds Blacklisted by Insurance Companies

Insurance companies have drawn up lists of dog breeds that they consider dangerous and whose homes they will not insure. How a dog breed ends up on such a list is often arbitrary.

You Can Have Your Dog and Eat It Too

Since most people feel that the idea of eating dogs is nauseating and unacceptable it is puzzling to find that dog shaped food items are acceptable and extremely popular, especially with children.

Where You Are Facing When You Speak Is Where Your Dog Goes

Dogs can interpret the subtle sound cues which indicate the direction we are looking when we are speaking – even if we are out of sight. Young puppies that have been reared with adequate human contact also have this ability.

The Health and Welfare of Dogs Owned by Elderly Individuals

Some animal shelters refuse to allow elderly individuals to adopt dogs based on concerns about the quality of life for such pets. Recent research suggests that their concerns are unjustified.

The Effect of Training Methods on the Efficiency of Learning

An interesting study based on the training of military service dogs shows that discipline-based methods involving physical force and punishment results in inferior learning and higher rates of distraction.

Aggression between Dogs in the Same Household

Research describes which factors are associated with aggression between dogs living in the same household and what can be done to cure the problem.

The Effect of Training Method on Stress Levels in Dogs

Recent data based on dogs trained in obedience classes by pet dog instructors shows that discipline-based training procedures produce higher stress levels in dogs than positive training using rewards.

How Does a Dog's Attention Vary Over Its Lifetime?

Attention varies with age in both dogs and humans. Recent research shows that just like in humans, attention is best in young adult to early middle-aged dogs. Findings also indicate that adolescent dogs, although less efficient at sustaining attention, have the fastest learning rate.

A Designer Dog-Maker Regrets His Creation

Many designer dogs involve crossbreeding Poodles with other breeds in order to avoid coats that shed and to supposedly create hypoallergenic canines. Wally Conron, the inventor of the Labradoodle, believes that such problems are not solved in such crosses, and many additional problems have resulted from the popularity of these dogs.

Magic Tricks, Consciousness, and Mental Imagery in Dogs

Data suggests that dogs have mental imagery and consciousness when tested for "object permanence". A video where dogs are exposed to sleight-of-hand magic seems to confirm the laboratory results.

Dog Aggression Is Predicted by Training Methods and Breed

Puppy socialization classes reduce the risk of dog aggression towards people, punishment increases it, and some dog breeds are significantly less aggressive when strangers arrive at their home.

How to Touch Your Dog

New research shows that how and where you touch a dog makes a large difference in terms of calming or disturbing him, especially if you are unfamiliar to the dog.

Just How Much Do Dogs Bark When Left Home Alone?

New data provides information about how much an average dog barks in an eight hour day when left alone. The barking rate also seems to depend upon the age and sex of the dog.

How the Dog's Brain Reads Human Emotions

MRI scans show that dogs and people use of the same portion of their brains to extract emotional information from sounds—regardless of whether those sounds were made by dogs or the human voice.

The Best Dog Fiction Writer Ever?

A collection of clever and loyal Collies is described in nearly 50 books written by Albert Payson Terhune.