Beware of “Scientific” Studies – by Jan Fennell

Why do dogs cry when their owners come home?
Researchers in Japan asked this question and went on to test 22 dogs who produced tears when their owners returned home after they had been separated for various lengths of time.
The researchers concluded that the reason dogs become so hysterical is to produce the tears that form a bond with their human companions.
This “study” actually made me laugh out loud as, 22 dogs is nowhere near a large enough sample of the canine world to produce a scientific, accurate and reliable result. The study is also based on the understanding that all dogs are hysterical when their human companions return home; that is simply not the case.

“Studies Have Shown…”

Oct 26, 2023
There are a lot of people out there who use this phrase to lend credibility to their claims (see any cosmetic advertisement).
If you see this phrase, relating to dogs, make sure the author cites these studies, and who conducted them. Chance are you will see that most of them involve watching domestic dogs in a controlled environment, which cannot possibly give a reliable result that will apply to all dogs.

Understanding How a Dog Develops

Despite the persistent myth, dogs do not age 1 year for every 7 human years.
This mistake often leads to us completely misunderstanding what stage of development our dogs are actually at, and what we can expect of them.

Just a Little Respect Please-by Jan Fennell

It is quite amazing that in our modern, informed world, and despite the best efforts of people like David Attenborough, people will still disregard an animal’s natural instincts and just expect them to conform to our wishes.

Can You See Your Dog’s True Nature?

During one of our recent ‘Foundation Courses’ the question about the significance of a dog wagging its tail came up again, a signal which can often be misunderstood.