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The Origin of Dogs. What Matters?

Every year, “new” research claims to uncover the “new” origin of domestic dogs.  Such is the case in a recent article published in Discover Magazine, December 2016, which points to genetic studies that place the domestication of dogs in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, South Asia or Southeast Asia, and dating their origin between 10,000 and 38,000 years ago. Before that, Scientific American, May 2016, reported that a “35,000-year-old wolf bone found... Read More
Posted by Bryan Bailey at Sunday, November 13, 2016 | 0 comments

Safety Tips for Animal Encounters While Running

If you pursue running long enough, whether your runs have an urban backdrop or a mountainous setting, an aggressive dog(domestic wolf) or a wild predator will likely cross your path at some point. Knowing how to lessen your chances of such an encounter is important. Knowing how to survive one is vital. Here are a few tips for both: Tune in, not out : There is no substitute for awareness when it comes to your personal safety while running. However, take notice of the next ten runners you see... Read More
Posted by Bryan Bailey at Monday, September 26, 2016 | 0 comments

Fear Periods: They’re a Good Thing

Recently, our five-month-old pup Captain has been displaying fearful behavior, such as growling and ducking behind furniture, when confronted by alien dogs and humans who pass by our home at a distance.  As I have told my clients whose dogs have displayed identical behavior at approximately the same age, I do not worry that this behavior will become permanent.  He’s just passing through one of many periods in which life takes on a fearful perspective. Safety is not guaranteed for... Read More
Posted by Bryan Bailey at Thursday, October 15, 2015 | 0 comments

Trust or Acceptance?

Ranger, my seven-year-old, male, Alaskan sled dog, is lying on the frozen ground chewing a stick when Scarlett, a new twelve-week-old female pup, cautiously noses up to him to investigate what he is chewing. Her inquiry is met immediately with a hard, deliberate stare that is accompanied by a low menacing growl. Like an echo from a distant time when all aggression was sparked by competition for survival, Ranger’s growl leaves no doubt as to the outcome if Scarlett fails to heed his warning. ... Read More
Posted by Bryan Bailey at Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | 0 comments

Neck to Neck

There are many stumbling blocks that average dog owners encounter on their way to achieving manageable and peaceful coexistence with their dogs. Limitations in time, money, physical capabilities, and proper knowledge of the dog itself are just a few. Add the latter to the belief that most American’s hold their dogs to near-human standards (this is called anthropomorphism, which is when people infuse a human persona into their dog), and it’s no wonder that manageable and peaceful... Read More
Posted by Bryan Bailey at Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | 0 comments

Patience

Patience is a virtue long lost to the average American. In an era in which everything we want to know can be gained as quickly as we can type a few letters in a search bar or delivered to us within two days if we are members of Amazon Prime, why do we need it? Today, it’s all about speed; faster Internet, faster checkouts in real stores, faster deliveries from online stores, faster weight loss, faster educations, faster highway speeds, faster, faster, faster….. That’s it: the faster, the... Read More
Posted by Bryan Bailey at Monday, October 5, 2015 | 0 comments

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