The Charge! of the Off-Leash Brigade


Dogs in mid-chase


When out strolling with a group of dogs, I am often given a wide birth. Some people even recoil, with frowny faces, and display other signs of discomfort or disapproval. At such moments I want to wear a T-shirt with the slogan "I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR FEAR ...

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the thinker, the statue, and the thinker, the dog


I recently read about a study that demonstrated how our brains make decisions at least 7 seconds before we are conscious of making them. In the exciting laboratory experiment, the decision in question was to push one of two buttons. Based on brain imaging data, researchers could predict what choice people would make before ...

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The Dog Training World: science is BIG

A jack russell equipped for a safari holds a globe. 

I've fallen behind in my blogging; my excuse is that I'm spending much more of my time these days in the Dog Training World (DTW). Like any other community or specialized subculture, DTW has its own idiosyncrasies. As someone who has already explored several brave, if ...

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Toronto the Good


Mason walking a dog pack.


Friends who visit me from the UK and US complain about the coldness of Torontonians. We don't say hi; we avoid eye contact; we are hostile and boring; and we will never be a world-class city, no matter how much fun our mayor Rob Ford was.

To out-of-town ...

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How smart is this dog? How dumb is this question?


Cute dog with food puzzle.

Food puzzles aim to stimulate the mind (and slow the mouth). Trixie Dog Activity Poker Box 1,


When walking the dogs, I'm often approached by people imagining life with a dog of their own. After ...

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