Make sure you haven’t missed a thing with the latest newsletter from Companion Animal Psychology.
Some of my favourites from around the web this month
“Nobody wants to say goodbye to these adorable dogs for ever, but the truth is that it’s wrong to create animals that are destined to suffer.” Veterinarian Pete Wedderburn on how to improve the health of brachycephalic breeds such as Pugs and Bulldogs.
Do dogs really manipulate us? Beware misleading headlines. Marc Bekoff PhD engages with his readers about reporting on two recent studies.
“The ginger creature appeared in my life randomly. Then, little by little, it wormed itself into my home and my heart.“ I adopted a stray cat. I had no idea what I was letting myself in for by Nigel Kendall in The Guardian
How much is that doggie on the website? It might not even exist. Karin Brulliard on online pet sales scams.
Two nice DIY food toys for cats by Pawculture.
“Sometimes bad behavioral traits develop and no one’s to blame. And other times dogs overcome difficult situations to grow into the soul of friendliness. That’s nature. And that’s nurture.” Jessika Hekman DVM PhD on untangling nature and nurture.
Photos, videos and podcasts
Photos of cats doing martial arts by Japanese photographer Hisakata Hiroyuki.
Prehistoric rock art from Saudi Arabia shows dogs on leashes.
Casey Elise Christopher photographs black cats to help them get adopted.
These cat-shaped desserts in Japan are very cute.
Dr. David Mellor talks to CBC about thriving not merely surviving: A fresh perspective on animal welfare.
Here at Companion Animal Psychology
Some of you will have noticed a new affiliate advertiser on this website. If you purchase via my affiliate ads, it gives me a small commission at no extra charge to you, helping to support Companion Animal Psychology.
“It will forever change how we see our aquatic cousins – the pet goldfish included.” This month’s book for the Companion Animal Psychology book club is What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins by Jonathan Balcombe.
My post on 5 things to do for your cat today has been very well received. It has five things to do right now, and a bonus sixth one to work on over time, to help you have a happier cat.
What is positive punishment in dog training? tells you everything you need to know about positive punishment, including the risks of using it. An essential read for dog owners.
And why do dogs play? looks at a new review of the literature on the reasons play has evolved in dogs, and the implications for animal welfare. It turns out play isn’t always a good sign.
Finally, after a bad experience, dogs’ sleep is affected just as we might have a bad night’s sleep after a stressful day.
As always, subscribe to Companion Animal Psychology to stay up-to-date on evidence-based information about our relationship with pets.
Companion Animal Psychology is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
Companion Animal Psychology is also a participant in the Etsy Affiliate Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Etsy.com.