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What I've been up to, summer 2020 edition

Missed my Behavioral Probiotics webinar, and that made you sad? Check out my new story in the Whole Dog Journal with most of the content from that webinar, and be happy! My Genetic Testing webinar for PPG is available recorded - a good place to go to learn about direct to consumer genetic testing for dogs, how it works, and when to trust it.I have a...

Upcoming webinars

I have two webinars happening soon!This Friday, I will be talking about genetic testing for the Pet Professional Guild. Should you do genetic testing on your dog? What will you learn? How much can you trust the results? If you want to know, join me for this webinar on Friday, April 3, at 1pm Eastern.Then on Thursday, April 16, I'll be talking about...

New publication in Aeon

Friends! As many of you know, I have been posting less here, and more in places where I can reach a larger audience. I'm really proud of my recent publication in Aeon on how dogs learn and, more generally, whether scientists can learn from dog trainers about canine cognitive abilities (spoiler: I think there is).For those of you who arrived here from...

Covering the coverage of the fox genome paper

Ah, the beloved Tame Fox Project! I worked in a lab that focused on these foxes for four years, during my PhD in Kukekova Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We worked on analyzing the fox genome for publication throughout those four years, and now at last the fox genome paper is published. (You can see my name tucked neatly in the...

Keeping afloat in the social media ocean: how to post great dog content on your media feed

So you want your dog training school to have an active social media presence – a feed full of useful and informative posts, not a bunch of pictures of cute puppies (as much as we all love those). How do you find those meaty posts to share with your audience and give them food for thought? The internet is a big place these days, and finding that first...

Veterinarians are Responsible for the Welfare of Flat-Faced Dogs

Note: this post was originally published on the Dog International Blog.What can we do about the welfare problem of flat-faced dogs?The health problems associated with brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs are no secret. Dogs bred to have ultra-shortened muzzles often have significant breathing problems, dental problems, bulging eyes prone to injury, and...

On showing dogs in conformation shows

I’ve been cogitating recently on the statement I’ve seen in a few places that “it makes sense to show a dog in conformation shows before breeding it to make sure a judge has a chance to say that the dog has good or bad conformation.” I just posted this to a breed-specific mailing list in response to that statement, and am curious what y’all think...

The vegetables of genetics

Today I’m working on revisions for my DNA class at IAABC, which starts Monday, April 24. This will be the second time I’ve offered this class; it’s the first in a series of four classes (which you can take in any order, so this one isn’t required for later classes). And the auditor’s price is still super low to encourage people to take it just for fun.I’m...

Puppies and Pointing

Why are some dogs better at paying attention to humans, particularly human gestures like pointing, than others? We know genetics has something to do with it, because some breeds (like border collies) are a lot better at responding to human signals than others like beagles. To better understand the biology driving differences in ability to respond...

Puppies and dog breeds

Thanks to Julie Wurth for a great interview with me and Linda Case of The Science Dog in our local paper, the News-Gazette.Since the article was about getting a new puppy and provided pointers to this blog I figured it was a good idea to suggest some old posts to any new readers. As always, for a constant stream of interesting dog science articles not...

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