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June 09, 2016

Posted in communicating with pets, Dog care, vision


How Dogs See the World

Taking your dog on a walk means encountering a world of colors and hues. That might be true for you, but not for your furry friend - since they only have just one-tenth the concentration of color-capturing cones in the back of their eyes that humans have.

 

So while we humans enjoy a range of  tinges and tones, dogs only see two colors: blue-violet and yellow, (and a blend of these colors).Dogs see colors the way people with red-green color blindness see colors, which impacts only males (and just 4 percent of the male population).

Dogs, like most mammals, are dichromats - possessing two types of cones in their retina for color perception and ability to see details. Humans, on the other-hand, are trichromatic. Their eyes contain three types of light-sensitive cones - blue, green and red-sensitive -  which allows enjoyment of all colors in the visible spectrum.

The canine visual system is inferior to humans in many ways including depth perception, range of color and visual acuity. However, dogs trump humans in other aspects, (having more rods in their eyes) which gives them better motion sensitivity, the ability to see in low lighting (night vision), and differentiating between shades of gray.

Not seeing a spectrum of colors doesn’t present a problem for dogs since they primarily rely on a heightened sense of smell, and haven’t evolved to forage for food that is brightly colored like apples and oranges.

Knowing about your dog’s vision limitations is helpful in training them and making them safer. So when buying items for your dog, think about choosing things that are in contrast to the environment they will be placed in.  From dog bowls to beds to toys, having them visually stand out to the dog will make them easier for the dog to identify and might make them more engaging to the dog.

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June 08, 2016

Posted in cats, communicating with pets


Curb Excessive Cat Meowing

When cats meow it’s their way of communicating with us humans. Adult cats don’t meow at each other. Rather this vocalization by a cat is their way of saying hello to you, letting you know they are hungry or cold,  wanting to be petted, or telling you something is wrong.

But meowing can sometimes become excessive. Here’s what you need to know about why they meow and how to curb this behavior if it seems  over the top.

Common reasons cats meow:

  • To greet people: Meowing is a cat’s way of saying hello. Expect your cat to meow to greet you  when you come home, when they meets up with you in the house and when you speak to them.
  • To get attention:.Cats can be very vocal in their requests for attention. The cat may want to be stroked, played with or simply talked to. Cats who are left alone for long periods of time each day may be more likely to meow for attention.
  • To get food: Cats can be quite demanding around mealtimes. Some cats learn to meow whenever anyone enters the kitchen. Others meow to wake you up to serve them breakfast. Cats also learn to beg for human food by meowing.
  • To be let in or out: If  they want to go outside, they will  likely learn to meow at the door.
  • To express confusion: Older cats suffering from mental confusion, or cognitive dysfunction, may meow if they become disoriented.

What to do

See a vet:  A cat who meows a lot should be checked thoroughly by a veterinarian to ensure a medical condition is not the cause of the cat’s distress. Numerous diseases can cause cats to feel unusually hungry, thirsty, restless or irritable.

Look for patterns: Look at the circumstances around the meowing and take note of what makes the meowing stop.

Curb the attention: If your cat is meowing for attention, teach them that you’ll only pay attention to when they’re quiet.

Consider a pet sitter: If you think your cat cries out of loneliness because you spend too much time out of the house, consider having a pet sitter come partway through the day to visit and play.

Try mealtime training: If your cat meows at you for food, stop feeding them when they cry. You can also try an  automatic feeder that you can schedule to open at specific times.

Get a cat door: If your cat is meowing to get you to let them  inside or to go outside, consider installing a cat door so you don’t have to service their desires to go in and out.

Neuter or spay your cat: If your female cat isn’t spayed and she periodically meows excessively, she may be in heat at those times.  If your male cat isn’t neutered and meows excessively, he may be hearing or smelling a female cat in heat.

Look for signs of aging: If your cat is elderly and has just started meowing excessively, make sure to have them evaluated by the vet for  medical conditions, sensory deficits and cognitive dysfunction.

Don’t punish your cat: While scolding or withholding something might  send your cat  scurrying at first and stop the meowing, these punishments don’t train the cat to do to what you want. Instead, your cat may simply become fearful of you.

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April 26, 2016

Posted in communicating with pets, Dog care, stress


Your Pet Doesn’t Like to be Hugged

We know that dogs love to have their bellies rubbed, but there is research showing that they might not like to be hugged.

We’ve all done it - hugged our dogs. Maybe we needed a hug after a tough week or stressful situation. Or Maybe we thought they were sacred and grabbed them tight to hold on to them. And while that embrace may have been comforting for us, a recent article in Psychology Today claims that your dog probably didn't feel the same way.

According to author Stanley Coren, a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia because dogs are designed to run quickly either to prey or away from a threat, they don’t like the feeling of being hugged and confined by us. Behaviorists believe  immobilizing your dog can increase their stress level and if the dog's anxiety becomes significantly intense, they may bite.

To make this claim, Coren studied 250 random photographs of people - adults and children - hugging dogs, taking note of the animal's appearance and expression in each picture.

The research determined that in 81.6 percent of the photographs researchers scored showed dogs who were giving off at least one sign of discomfort, stress, or anxiety such as lack of eye contact and lowered ears, generally suggesting they are feeling stressed out by the affection.

According to the research, just 7.6 percent of the photographs could rate as showing dogs that were comfortable with being hugged. The remaining 10.8 percent  of the dogs either were showing neutral or ambiguous responses to this form of physical contact, the research claimed.

So, while you might enjoy hugging your dog, next time think about how they feel about it and let their body language determine whether or not it’s something you should continue.

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April 06, 2016

Posted in communicating with pets, Dog care


Your Dog Really Loves You

No matter what kind of day you have, you can count on your dog to greet you at the door with tail wagging excitement.


But why is your dog so darn excited to see you? It could be that they’re hungry or want to go outside to do their business or maybe they expect a treat. It’s likely a combination of all of those, but it’s also that your dog really loves you!

Recent research using MRI’s scan dog’s brains has found that dogs are in tune with human emotions and when exposed to the scent of a human familiar to them, the regions of their brains associated with reward and pleasure would become active.This is similar to how humans react to their friends.

So, just remember, that your dog has been waiting all day to see you and is truly happy that you are home and wants to hang out with you. Taking just a few minutes to play with them is good for them and will also help you unwind from your day. It’s the best stress reducer.

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March 31, 2016

Posted in communicating with pets, Dog care


Tips for Socializing Your Dog

Socializing your dog is among the most significant responsibility you took on when you became a pet parent. A confident, well-adjusted dog, is trustworthy around people and other dogs in his immediate pack and beyond, and importantly—people are safe around him.


Thousands of years ago dog were wild beings. Members of their pack taught them important social skills as they learn through interactions with other pack members, picking up verbal cues and body language. Pack boundaries are clear:

Now as domesticated companions dogs must live within human-imposed social boundaries and you are the pack leader - even if it’s just you and your dog.

Whether you have a new puppy or an adult dog, here are some things to keep in mind as you help your dog navigate a world of other dogs and humans.

  • Keep a loose leash
  • Don’t yell at your dog
  • Be aware of of their tolerances and recognize when they are anxious and reaching their threshold

Here are some tips for helping to socialize your dog:

Walk your dog every day and introduce them to other dogs. The exercise is beneficial for you both and will provide the opportunity to interest with humans and other dogs, If you have a negative encounter don’t yell or pull back on the leash. Try to use a training sound they know or a quick sideways tug with the leash, or a gentle  touch.

Go to the dog park and allow your dog to observe the happy play taking place. If a dog approaches your dog, You can give your dog a treat to reinforce positive behavior. If your dog behaves aggressively, back away and slowly try again when you dog has calmed down.

Visit a pet store where dogie visitors are welcome. This is an excellent opportunity for brief encounters with other dogs and people.

Safely expose your dog to different social activities. Try one new activity each week. Use a leash, and a muzzle if necessary.

Invite over one new person each week. Keep your dog leashed, but don’t force an interaction with the new person. Ask the person to keep an unexcited, even tone, and to offer your dog a treat; if you don’t yet trust your dog to take the treat gently, your guest can toss it on the floor.

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March 30, 2016

Posted in cat care, communicating with pets


Better Understanding How Cats Communicate with Humans

Pet parent’s love to talk to their furry family members. We don’t just ask them to sit or stay. Often often we talk to them about anything and everything. Many of us believe that our pets understand us and in some case, our ets even seem to respond with barks or meows.


But do our pets really understand us and do they respond in the same regional accents that we have? If you live in Manhattan are your pets tawking back to you with a New York accent? When you hear someone talking to their dog in Spanish, ever wonder if the dog has a Spanish accent?

Well, you’re not the only one wondering about cats and communications with humans. A Swedish cat lover and phonetics researcher at Lund University, Suzanne Schotz, is doing a study to find out how cats communicate and if there are specific for breeds or if that communication is regional.

For her experiment, Schotz is recruiting cats and their humans from Lund, in far southern Sweden, and from Stockholm, 310 miles north because people from both regions have discernible dialects, Her goal is to discover if their cats do, too.

Schotz aims to discover whether the cats' meows mean different things, and if they respond differently based on how we talk to them. According to Schotz, cats meow because they use both visual and vocal signals to communicate with humans, but they need to vocalize to get our attention. With other cats, they tend to rely on visual and olfactory signals. When a cat says “meow,” it’s normally addressed to a human being, not another cat.

Schotz notes that cats and their human companions seem to develop a pidgin language in order to communicate better. She is using the research to determine whether the similarities are in the languages or whether they're specific to a cat/human pair.

Schotz has observed that people often use a similar speaking style when they talk to cats and small children. They use a higher-than-average pitch, they have a larger pitch range, and the melody of their speech tends to have specific patterns, often described as “sing-song.”

For Schotz’s research, she is conducting two studies - one analyzing the melody in the cat vocalizations, to see if there are patterns in different emotions or in different breeds; the other study will expose cats to different kinds of human speech to see how they respond.

As for the specifics on how the research will be conducted, Schotz and her team will record different speaking styles from a number of humans and then go to the cat’s home and place loudspeakers behind a screen where different melodies and human speaking voices and videotape will be played back to the cats to get their responses - ear movements, head movements, body posture, and more.

The research is also expected to look at whether or not certain breeds use certain melodies to communicate or if cats living in countries where human speech has certain melodic patterns will vocalize differently.

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