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Self-Reported Comprehension Ratings of Dog Behavior by Puppy Owners

Dogs show a range of behaviors that reflect their emotional state. It is important that dog owners recognize these behaviors to accurately assess their dog’s emotional state. We examined dog owners’ self-reported comprehension (SRC) of their dog’s emotional state. Eighty-nine participants attending puppy socialization classes at local veterinary clinics in the Melbourne Metropolitan area, Victoria, Australia, rated their comprehension of their dog’s emotional states (Happy, Sad, Anxious, Angry, Friendly Greeting, and Anxious Greeting) and listed the behaviors they used to judge the emotional state of their dog.

Canine Enrichment for the Real World: Making It a Part of Your Dog’s Daily Life

In the world of dogs, there is now more awareness than ever of the need to provide enrichment, especially in shelters. But what exactly is enrichment? The concept is pretty straightforward: learn what your dog’s needs are, and then structure an environment and routine that allows them to engage in behaviors they find enriching. To truly enrich your dog’s life, you should offer them opportunities to engage in natural or instinctual behaviors. Aside from the limitations we have to place on a dog in today’s modern, busy world, the biggest constraint to enriching your dog’s life is your imagination!

Help Your Puppy Grow Up to Be a Happy Dog

Tynes, V. (2019). Help Your Puppy Grow Up to Be a Happy Dog. Fear Free Happy Homes. Retrieved June 21, 2023, from