Monthly Archives: October 2015

Emotional animals

Anthropomorphism was one of the first vocabulary words that I ingrained to memory. It was an interesting concept to me at a very young age: using words, that are only characteristic to humans, to describe animal attributes. Examples include describing your pets as happy, sad, jealous and playful. Animal behaviorists and biologists for about 300 years have been told that

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Shaping pet behavior

Last week this column talked about how to capture a behavior or take a snap shot of what an animal does so we could see that behavior performed again. Sometimes animals don’t perform a behavior that we would like to see in its entirety. An example would be dog agility. Dogs are not going to go through the weave pole,

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As Bob Barker said…

Spay and neuter your pets! Over the next few weeks, I reach an important milestone in my veterinary school career. Assisted by two of my classmates (and supervised by plenty of doctors in case things go awry), I will be spaying a cat, and thus performing my first surgery on a living, breathing patient. I’m very excited for this opportunity,

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Capturing a Behavior

Being able to communicate with animals is something all animal lovers and trainers aspire toward. Having an expression that signals to the animal that they did something correct and a treat will be provided, is essential if you want that behavior to be presented again. This expression is called a bridge. Bridges in training like actual bridges make an association

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Primate Connections 2016 Calendars Now Available!

What fundraising project brings together 13 primate conservation organizations, numerous independent wildlife photographers, primate conservation societies, zoos, and various youth and educational organizations, all in the name of primate conservation? The 2016 Primate Connections calendar, of course! Click here to view entire calendar. This year we are especially excited as Dr. Jane Goodall has officially endorsed the project! Yes, that’s right. The

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Fact or Fiction?

When talking about fact and fiction, going to Snapple caps might not be the most accurate way of learning new information. The very first Snapple fact for instance says that “A Goldfish’s attention span is three seconds.” I can reject that fact quite easily, but for the sake of science I have done some research. Performing a quick Google search

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