Dog Behavior

Coyotes are NOT More Dangerous During Breeding Season

For a more in depth discussion, see “Do Coyote Attacks Increase During Mating Season.”Please help spread the truth that coyotes are not more dangerous during breeding season Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Share to Facebook or Twitter.  You even have my permission to save and download a copy of the infographic.  Just please link back to this …

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Lost Pet Statistics

Lost Pet Statistics Infographic by PurringPal How Many Pets Go Missing?If you have ever tried to research lost pet statistics, you have probably seen the statement that 1 in 3 pets (30%) will go missing in their lifetime.  Most prominently, this statement appears on the homepage of the HomeAgain microchip company.  Various other sites attribute …

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How Accurate are Search Dogs? – Part 2: Scent Discrimination Dogs

This is the second part of a series on the accuracy of search dogs.  Part 1 looked at Area Detection Dogs. Types of Scent Discrimination Dogs A scent discrimination dog is trained to follow and/or identify the scent of an individual person or animal.  These dogs are described as scent-specific.  In most cases the search …

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How Accurate are Search Dogs? – Part 1: Area Detection Dogs

“The canine sense of smell is legendary and, as with many legends, it is sometimes hard to find the sources and separate scientific facts from urban legends”  – Goldblatt et al. (2009) A well trained search dog should not make frequent mistakes, but how accurate are they?  How often do search dogs miss locating what …

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Pugs Outperform German Shepherds at Scent Detection Test

Dogs breeds commonly used in scent detection work include Labrador Retrievers, Bloodhounds, German Shepherds, Malinois, Beagles and several other hounds and spaniels.  These breeds have traditionally been used as hunting dogs, search and rescue dogs, police dogs and military dogs.  There is a common assumption (in part supported by their large number of scent receptors) …

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Research Studies on Lost Pet Behavior and Recovery

Unfortunately, there are few research studies on lost pet behavior.  This is a list of citations and abstracts of published research papers related to lost pet behavior and recovery.  There are links to a few of the papers.  You may be able to find other papers by visiting your local college or university and checking …

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When NOT to Use a Tracking Dog to Find a Lost Dog

The idea of using a tracking dog to find a lost dog is very compelling, but most people who pursue this option do not have a good understanding of how a tracking (or trailing) dog works.  In some cases a tracking dog CAN provide useful information for locating a lost dog such as confirming sightings or …

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Regional Risk of Coyote Attacks on Pets

I have written several articles on coyotes killing cats and one on coyotes attacking dogs. Observations of Coyote Predation on Cats More Observations of Coyote-Cat Interactions: What Can We Learn? Coyotes Don’t Eat Cats Very Often Understanding Coyote Behavior in Urban/Suburban Areas and Assessing Risks to Cats Trends in Coyote Attacks on Dogs Most of …

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