Do you think of yourself as a pet parent or more as a pet owner? In the interest of full disclosure, I think of us as pet parents and here’s why: We are responsible for similar basics parents of toddlers are. Our pet’s physical and mental well-being, their healthy curiosity about and confidence in the world around them, and opportunities to learn through positive experiences are up to us.
Maybe you think pet parents is a too mawkish, over the top phrase — but not so fast. The relationship we have with our dogs may be closer to pet parents than you think.
A growing body of published research shows how similar dog emotions can be to our own. Now a neurobiological study provides another piece of this puzzle from the human side of this equation.
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If you’ve been following the new studies on dogs conducted over the last few years, you’re likely to have been surprised, amazed, even thrilled at least once at what is being discovered — how much language dogs are capable of learning, the range of emotions they feel, how they think and how some reason. Do these discoveries have the impact needed to see dog laws as woefully behind the evolutionary curve? [click to continue…]
While we were all looking in one direction of possible precedent-setting change through banning pet shops county-wide here in Illinois, as in a magic trick, puppy mill advocates won a disheartening victory where we weren’t looking. Not only do puppy mills fight change as they attempt to unravel ordinances banning pet shops in cities across the nation, but now there’s this: The USDA has appointed none other than Julian Prager as Canine Program Advisor to Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [click to continue…]