Grief can take many different forms in human individuals and across species, which makes it difficult to describe. In a recent study, researchers from Italy aimed to identify what grief may look like in dogs using six different questionnaires validated for things like owner beliefs, dog’s perceived emotional state, attachment, and more! The results suggest that grief in dogs depends on the quality but not the length of your dogs’ relationship. If your dogs were close, your surviving dog is more likely to express behaviors associated with grief.
Petminded Community Member, Stephanie Gonzaga, shares her top takeaways from our recent talk about dog reactivity.
Why do dogs make such good service and support animals? And what do these roles look like?
Umwelt is defined as the world as it is experienced by an organisim. When we question what our dog's inner world looks, feels, and smells like we are exploring their umwelt. Doing this can improve our relationship with our beloved pets and help them become more bonded to us!
We discussed dog pain management with Dr. Tori Countner, the balanced pet vet. Did you know dogs are programmed to hide their pain? That's why recognizing their signs of pain is so important. Dr. Courtner shares her recommendations for a balance of Western and Eastern methods of pain management.
At Petminded, we like to describe enrichment as the different ways your dog can engage and disengage with their surroundings. This includes physical, sensory, mental, and social enrichment.
We talk to a lot of amazing scientists and researchers here at Petminded. But, there are some that hold a special place in our hearts because they kicked off our journey of exploring dog cognition! Others stand out in the ideas they research or ways they present findings to their community! This post highlights some of the most influential researchers and contributors to the field.
Studies in the 1960s of animal behavior in zoos has lead to better understanding of how animals environments impact their well-being. Learn more about this history and what it means for your home and yor dog.
Dog Cognitive Development: a Longitudinal Study across the First 2 Years of Life from Emily Bray offers some clues on what we can expect when our puppies enter their toddler phase of life.
Dominance Theory is a concept that has been debunked many times, but continues to persist in the minds of dog owners and caregivers