Dogs Really Can Chase Away Loneliness

Dogs Really Can Chase Away Loneliness
Feeling lonely? A dog may help. Our research out today confirms what many dog owners already know: dogs are great companions that can help you to feel less lonely.

Is Raw Food Safe For My Dogs And Me?

Is Raw Food Safe For My Dogs And Me?
Raw food for dogs is a growing trend, but drug-resistant bacteria in the raw food can transfer to the pets—and to humans, too.

Interspecies Bond: Animal Connection and Healing Technique

Interspecies Bond: Animal Connection and Healing Technique
Connecting with animals involves so much more than petting, grooming, rewarding, or feeding. Connecting in a profound way strengthens the inseparable bond we already have with our ani­mal friends. For me, the deep bond enables me to understand animals better, on every single level: behaviorally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Training My Dog Taught Me That It's People Who Really Need Training

Training My Dog Taught Me That It's People Who Really Need Training
As I watched my hunting dog standing off the lead and lined up with all the other Kleiner Münsterländers, awaiting her turn to swim out and bring back the dead duck (an important training item) thrown into the deep water, I felt a sense of pride.

What Bugs Can You Catch From Your Pets?

What Bugs Can You Catch From Your Pets?
Household pets are often a great source of joy and have positive effects on our mental well-being. For most of us, this outweighs the risk of coming into contact with any bugs they may carry.

Lunar And Solar Eclipses Make Animals Do Strange Things

Lunar And Solar Eclipses Make Animals Do Strange Things
For most animals, the structure of their day – and indeed their year – depends on the light-dark cycle. These regular and rhythmic cycles in the length of days tell animals when they should be foraging, when they should be asleep, when it’s time to migrate and when it’s time to breed. Animals can tell all this from how many hours of daylight they experience, but the moon’s cycles also strongly influence their behaviour.

How To Avoid Mistakes When Adopting A Dog

How To Avoid Mistakes When Adopting A Dog
Psychologists who study how people pick their spouses have turned their attention to another important relationship: choosing a canine companion.

Why Animals Can Help Us Crack Alzheimer’s

Why Animals Can Help Us Crack Alzheimer’s

For almost as long as modern science has been around, the idea that animals can remember past experiences seemed so preposterous that few researchers bothered to study it.

Are Cat Muzzles Cruel Or Useful?

Are Cat Muzzles Cruel Or Useful?

It’s not unusual to slap a muzzle on a dog if it’s being aggressive or not keen on being given an injection, but a muzzle is not part of your average cat’s wardrobe.

Dogs Teach Us To Listen, Even After They've Died

Dogs Teach Us To Listen, Even After They've DiedOne day not long after Brio passed, I was driving on the highway, alone in the car. I’d been thinking of Brio and a few moments later heard clearly the sound of the metal tags on his collar clinking from the backseat, where he always rode. There was nothing else there that would have made that noise.

Healing Is Love – A Simple Loving Connection

Healing Is Love – A Simple Loving ConnectionNo matter what we have experienced in our lives, tucked within each and every one of us is love. To me, healing is defined as a pure loving connection; it’s as simple as that. To demonstrate healing is to give love: unconditionally. Love is healing, healing is love.

The Dangers Of Your Pet On Pot, Or Even CBD

The Dangers Of Your Pet On Pot, Or Even CBDMy family and I were on vacation in Florida recently and took advantage of a free afternoon to do some gift shopping for local memorabilia – not your ordinary T-shirts and key chains.

Why Zebra's Stripes Are A No Fly Zone For Flies

Why Zebra's Stripes Are A No Fly Zone For Flies
Zebras are famous for their contrasting black and white stripes – but until very recently no one really knew why they sport their unusual striped pattern.

How To Keep Your Pets Safe From Marijuana Poisoning

How To Keep Your Pets Safe From Marijuana Poisoning
When cannabis was legalized in the parts of the United States, there were substantial increases in marijuana-related visits to children’s hospitals and calls to poison control centers. Pets are just as vulnerable — just like our human family members, pets are susceptible to getting sick.

Is Winter Miserable For Wildlife?

Is Winter Miserable For Wildlife?While the weather outside may indeed get frightful this winter, a parka, knit hat, wool socks, insulated boots and maybe a roaring fire make things bearable for people who live in cold climates.

Do Cats And Dogs Understand Us When We Miaow Or Bark?

Do Cats And Dogs Understand Us When We Miaow Or Bark?There’s been a lot of research about communication between people and domestic animals like dogs and cats.  We don’t know what cats and dogs think or if they understand us when we use their noises.

When Pets Are Family, The Benefits Extend Into Society

When Pets Are Family, The Benefits Extend Into SocietyThere is a growing global trend to consider pets as part of the family. In fact, millions of people around the world love their pets, enjoying their companionship, going for walks, playing and even talking to them

When Your Pets Behave Outside Their Nature

When Your Pets Behave Outside Their NatureWhen a dog behaves unnaturally in response to any neurotic, chaotic, or disruptive energy taken on from humans, he tends to look confused because he has nowhere to put the energy that is reverberating within him. He doesn’t really know why he is acting out, nor does his behavior make the least bit of sense to him.

Is It Unethical To Give Your Cat Catnip?

Is It Unethical To Give Your Cat Catnip?As the Christmas season gets underway thoughts turn to buying gifts for the entire family. For some, companion animals are on the gift list, particularly cats and dogs who share our homes and hearts.

Becoming Open To New Possibilities: A Special Bond With A Dog

Becoming Open To New Possibilities: A Special Bond With A Dog
Many have experienced the depth of feeling that can develop between us and our four-legged best friends. What makes my story unique is that my search for a lasting and meaningful connection led me down a path that crossed over the boundaries of reason and concrete reality into the realm of the invisible. My dog Brio inspired me--a born skeptic--to investigate the paranormal.

When Man's Best Friend Feels More Hate Than Love For An Owner

When Man's Best Friend Feels More Hate Than Love For An OwnerEveryone thinks that dogs worship their owners – viewing them as gods of some sort. While that may be true in the majority of cases, it isn’t always so. As a veterinarian, I can confirm that sometimes, no matter what, a dog and his person just aren’t going to get along.

Animals Teach Us Spirituality and Heighten Our Capacity for Love and Joy

Animals Teach Us Spirituality and Heighten Our Capacity To Love and To Experience Joy
That animals touch us in a deep, central place is not a modern-day phenomenon, but one that pervades the history of the human-animal relationship. We sense that we can benefit spiritually in our relationship with animals, and we are right. They offer us something fundamental: a direct and immediate sense of both the joy and wonder of creation.

Vegan Dogs? Should They Go Meat Free?

Vegan Dogs? Should They Go Meat Free?

Over the last ten years, it’s estimated there has been a 360% rise in veganism in Britain – around 542,000 people have “gone vegan”. As a nation of animal lovers, with around 44% of homes owning a pet – and somewhere in the region of 8.5m dogs in the UK – it’s only natural this phenomenon should start to spill over into the pet food world.

How Dolphins Learn To Work Together For Rewards

How Dolphins Learn To Work Together For Rewards
Cooperation can be found across the animal kingdom, in behaviors such as group hunting, raising of young, and driving away predators. But are these cooperating animals actively coordinating their behaviur, or are they simply acting individually to accomplish the same task at the same time?

Do Dogs Really Have Feelings?

Do Dogs Really Have Feelings?

If you live with a dog you just know when it’s happy or miserable, don’t you? Of course you do. Even the scientific community, now admits that dogs have emotions – even if scientists can’t directly measure what they are experiencing.

People have had a close bond with domesticated dogs for centuries. In his 1764 Dictionnaire philosophique, Voltaire observed: “It seems that nature has given the dog to man for his defence and for his pleasure. Of all the animals it is the most faithful: it is the best friend man can have.”

How To Keep Your Power When Making Big Decisions

Keeping Your Power When Making Big Decisions
Keeping your power in every decision is necessary for your growth and for making better, clearer choices. Trusting yourself when you’re stressed out can feel overwhelming and scary.

Are You Walking Your Dog Enough?

Are You Walking Your Dog Enough?But it seems that 40% of dogs in Australia are not walked enough and that a similar percentage of dogs are overweight or obese.

How Farms Can Help Improve The Lives Of Disadvantaged Young People

How Farms Can Help Improve The Lives Of Disadvantaged Young People
A couple of years ago, I met Adam (not his real name) at a farm in Dorset. Adam was 14 and had been excluded from mainstream education due to behavioural difficulties and a disruptive home life. The farm where I met him is not a normal farm, but a social one, where the therapeutic use of farming practices and animal assisted therapy is used...

Animals As Teachers: Teaching by Example and Love

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Life surrounds us with teachers, if we are but willing to learn. Actually, everyone and everything in our life is our teacher -- they teach by example of something we'd like to attain or something we'd like to abandon. One of my greatest teachers has been my dog, Angel.

Thousands Of Years Ago, American Dogs Mysteriously Vanished

Thousands Of Years Ago, American Dogs Mysteriously Vanished
Dogs’ ancestors in the Americas likely came from Siberia, according to a new study. The study also suggests that these early dog populations almost totally disappeared, but left future generations a cancerous tumor that is still found in their canine descendants today.

A Love Letter to You from Your Animal Companion

A Love Letter to You from Your Animal Companion
Over the years, I’ve seen and felt consistent messages flow from the animals I’ve loved and the thousands of animals I’ve been honored to work with that, when embraced by their humans as truth, have made a positive, life-changing difference in both of their lives. If your animal could write you a love letter, I think it would look something like this...

Animal Pain Is About Communication, Not Just Feeling

Animal Pain Is About Communication, Not Just Feeling
If you watch kids at a local playground, sooner or later one of them will run around and fall face-first to the ground. For a moment, there’s likely to be silence. Then the child will look around, catch a glimpse of their parent, and finally burst into a deafening wail.

Dog Wisdom: Live Now, Love Now

Dog Wisdom: Live Now, Love Now
I had the privilege of meeting and communicating with Gable over time, and assisting Jennifer and Gable with their end-of-life conversations and decisions. Gable’s strength, wisdom, and inspiration continue to unfold for Jennifer and for all who knew and loved him. Their relationship continues, even though his body is gone. Here is their story.

Is Your Dog Happy? 10 Common Misconceptions About Dog Behavior

Is Your Dog Happy? 10 Common Misconceptions About Dog Behavior
It is difficult to refer to what dogs, as a collective, like and dislike and how they behave. Just as humans do, dogs all have their own personalities and learned preferences and so can differ dramatically in how they approach life and what they take from it.

Preparing Your Pet for Your New Baby: A Guide For New Parents

Preparing Your Pet for Your New Baby: A Guide For New Parents
It goes without saying that having a baby is a life changing event. Thankfully, there is a wealth of information about how best to raise this new tiny human. However, there is relatively little information on how to prepare four-legged family members for the new arrival.

How The Hard Work Of Wild Animals Benefits Us

How The Hard Work Of Wild Animals Benefits Us
The idea of work still tends to evoke particular images of manual and blue-collar jobs, but the realities of livelihoods have always been and continue to be much more diverse. Daily life for wild animals involves an elaborate and constant series of tasks and challenges.

Receiving Symbolic Messages From Your Animals

Receiving Symbolic Messages From Your Animals
Your animals are amazing hosts and mirrors through which incredible wisdom, inspiration, and answers to your questions can arrive in many ways, including through the genius of symbolism. When you open your mind and set your intention to receive symbolic messages from your animals, the universe will deliver the goods.

Here's What The Science Says About Animal Sentience

Here's What The Science Says About Animal Sentience
The definition of sentient is simply “able to perceive or feel things”. Today most of us would probably also say that animals are able to feel emotion, form attachments and have distinct personalities. Yet for many decades the idea of animals feeling emotions or having personalities was dismissed by behavioural scientists.

5 Diseases You Can Catch From Pets

5 Diseases You Can Catch From Pets
Love them or hate them, it is hard to get away from pets. And even if you don’t own one yourself, you are likely to come across them (or things they have left behind) regularly.

The Day I Discovered My Cat Could Talk

The Day I Discovered My Cat Can Talk
I was as skeptical when I loaded Rodney, my cat, into his carrier to take him down to the holistic veterinary clinic where a psychic was seeing animals. I was having some problems with Rodney that my regular vet couldn't help, and I figured, why not give the psychic a shot? I had found a human being who could talk to a cat...

Animals, Even Ferrets, Are Natural Healers

Animals, Even Ferrets, Are Natural Healers
Animals seem to be natural healers. In the Healing Power of Pets, Dr. Marty Becker explores many health benefits of having animal companionship. He cites studies showing that people who have animal companions also tend to have lower blood pressure, less stress...

Why Losing A Dog Can Be Harder Than Losing A Relative Or Friend

Why Losing A Dog Can Be Harder Than Losing A Relative Or Friend
When people who have never had a dog see their dog-owning friends mourn the loss of a pet, they probably think it’s all a bit of an overreaction; after all, it’s “just a dog.” However, those who have loved a dog know the truth: Your own pet is never “just a dog.”

Mysterious Chimpanzee Behavior May Be Evidence Of 'Sacred' Rituals

Mysterious Chimpanzee Behavior May Be Evidence Of 'Sacred' Rituals
I trampled clumsily through the dense undergrowth, attempting in vain to go a full five minutes without getting snarled in the thorns that threatened my every move. It was my first field mission in the savannahs of the Republic of Guinea. The aim was to record and understand a group of wild chimpanzees who had never been studied before.

4 Ways Having A Pet Increases Your Lifespan

4 Ways Having A Pet Increases Your Lifespan
Pet owners will often swear their beloved pooch or moggie does wonders for their wellbeing, and now we have empirical proof.

Crying Elephants And Giggling Rats – Animals Have Feelings, Too

Crying Elephants And Giggling Rats – Animals Have Feelings, TooYears ago, we believed that we weren’t animals and that animals were here solely for our use. Indeed, a cow was just a walking burger, steak of Sunday roast, keeping itself fresh and tasty ready for when we were hungry.

Why Am I, An Animal Communicator, Not Vegetarian?

Why Some Animal Communicators Are Not Vegetarians
Ironically, for me, becoming an animal communicator coincided with shifting away from my previous vegan lifestyle. I have had my own deep journey with this question, and perhaps the understandings I have reached with the help of the animals may be helpful for others who are struggling with this issue.

Why Chocolate Can Be Your Dog's Worst Nightmare

dogs and chocolate 5 23There is a significant increase in the risk of chocolate poisoning in dogs over the festive period, our latest study reveals. Chocolate contains a caffeine-like chemical called theobromine that is toxic to dogs (and cats) because they cannot metabolise it as quickly as humans do.

Sorry Cat Lovers, But Dogs Are Smarter

Sorry Cat Lovers, But Dogs Are SmarterDogs have significantly more neurons in their cerebral cortex—”little gray cells” associated with thinking, planning, and complex behavior considered hallmarks of intelligence—than cats, researchers report.

How Dogs And Cats Can Get Their Day In Court

How Dogs And Cats Can Get Their Day In CourtIn 2016, the FBI started to track animal cruelty, including neglect, torture and sexual abuse, because of disturbing connections.

Are Dogs Trying To Tell Us Something With Their Expressions?

Are Dogs Trying To Tell Us Something With Their Expressions?Dogs have been part of human social groups for at least 30,000 years. So it’s not unreasonable to suppose that we might have had some influence on their behavior, and perhaps their understanding, during that time.

How Gender And Stereotypes Can Shape Our Relationship With Dogs

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The relationship between people and their dogs can be a lasting and loving bond if the match is right. But when acquiring a dog, how do you know if that match will be a good one?

Why Some People Love Animals And Others Couldn't Care Less

Why Some People Love Animals And Others Couldn't Care LessThe recent popularity of “designer” dogs, cats, micro-pigs and other pets may seem to suggest that pet keeping is no more than a fad. Indeed, it is often assumed that pets are a Western affectation, a weird relic of the working animals kept by communities of the past.

More Cats And Dogs Are Suffering From Chronic Health Conditions Too

More Cats And Dogs Are Suffering From Chronic Health Conditions TooOne of the main reasons for the rise of chronic conditions in both humans and domestic animals is that we are all living longer. Our dogs and cats are living longer than ever before – 16-20 years is not uncommon these days.

What Are The Fundamentals Of Helping Traumatized Animals?

What Are The Fundamentals Of Helping Traumatized Animals?Rosie, like a real-life Babe, ran away from an organic piggery when she was only a few days old. She was found wandering in a car park, highly agitated, by a family who took her home and made her their live-in pet.

Can You Tell If Your Pet Is Happy?

Can You Tell If Your Pet Is Happy?Scientists are starting to be able to accurately read animal facial expressions and understand what they communicate.

Do Cats Purr When Humans Aren't Around?

Do Cats Purr When Humans Aren't Around?Why do cats purr? Humans tend to think that purring is a sign of happiness in a cat – and indeed it can be – but there are other reasons why our feline friends produce this particular vocalisation.

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