Do placebos exist, and can they benefit pets and the bond we form with them? That depends on whether you consider yourself among those who perceive placebos as ancient myths believed by weak-minded folk, or are among the growing population of scientists who recognize this effect as real.
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Do you get human-training lessons from your dogs? I get such lessons from my dogs and they never cease to amaze me.
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At this time of year, weeds filled with bees dominate the landscape and create a moral dilemma for me. So much of a dilemma that I dedicated a podcast to it in hopes that the solution would come to me.
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How do you feel about selfness and otherness as it relates to the human-animal bonds you form with your pets? This podcast considers that subject with help from a jellyfish and a snail.
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On-line surveys companion animal behavior and bond surveys can teach us a lot, but some pose data-collection challenges too.
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What do speciesism, sentience, and the human-nature bond share it common? It turns out, quite a bit.
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Did I mean animal voodoo communication instead of animal do-do communication? No, but animal do-do communication does confer its own special magic on all kinds of wild and domestic animals. Even chickens, rats, and little Ollie.
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The co-evolution of dogs and humans is a recurrent theme of mine, but where does the evolution of domestication fit in? This podcast resulted from my ruminations on that subject in my favorite think tank: the great outdoors. The more I thought about it, the more outrageous and yet somewhat logical my thoughts seemed to me. I'll let you decide...
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Companion dog hubris is alive and well withing the American pet-owning community. But this podcast explores the relationship between a tribe of Native Americans and their free-roaming dogs, one far more ancient than the kind most of us have with our pets.
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Companion animal ick is also known as pee, poop, barf, farts, and perceived deviant sexual behaviors. Consequently, it's a subject that generates more than its share of mixed human responses.
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Super caregivers can work well for humans and animals alike--until problem animal behaviors occurs. This podcast explores how perceptions of super caregivers have changed and how these may affect the resolution of problem animal behaviors.
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What do you think of when you think of dogs and religion? If you're from New England you might think of the chapel at Dog Mountain, Vermont. But sometimes our relationships with our dogs take on religious attributes, too. For better or worse.
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Does anxiety effect animal learning? If so, how? This podcast considers what science and experience can teach about the effects of anxiety on learning.
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When you think about animals, do you take a magical or a more mindful approach? Or does it change depending on the situation? This podcast explores these two orientations and how they shape our bonds with our animals and influence our animal's health and behavior.
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Proposing animal legislation has become another way for politicians to woo voters. What should you know about these laws?
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Can you think of anything you taught your dog or cat to do that you later regretted? Do you think this could never happen to you? This podcast explores both situations.
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Does anything cross your mind when you look at this image? For years, I would have said, "Nope. Not a doggone thing." This week's podcast explores why this benign space-occupying lesion suddenly commanded my attention.
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Dog-rental is a topic that generates a lot of opinions, some of them more heated that others. This podcast considers the pluses and minuses of the concept.
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We all want to periodically revert to childhood with its lack of responsibility. But when we choose to get an animal, that option disappears. Or it should.
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