Stress and learning

    Stress and learning by Prescott h Breeden   The Yerkes-Dodson Law   In 1908, Yerkes and Dodson published findings of a remarkable phenomenon they discovered regarding the relationship between arousal and performance.   The law asserts:   The speed of learning and performance increases with arousal however it quickly reaches an optimal intensity …

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Dog Bite Prevention Week: How to Safely Interact with Humans

How To Safely Interact with Humans and Their DogsRight there! Do you see it? It’s a human walking their dog.In order to approach them safely, observe the human. Before you or your dog gets closer, let’s look at the human. What can you tell from their body language and facial expressions?Start with the eyes. Are they darting back and …

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Infant Swings and Dog Bite Risk: National Dog Bite Prevention Week, Post #1 | Reisner Veterinary Behavior Blog

Posted on May 19, 2012 by Ilana Reisner “Newborn killed after dog attack at home” is the headline that came across my desktop today. As always, I read the media reports with care to understand what the circumstances were and to deduce, if possible, what risks those circumstances might present to others. This is an …

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Who Speaks for the Dogs?

Who Speaks for the Dogs? Who speaks for the dogs? A lot fewer organizations than you might imagine!In the world of dogs, mixed motives, hidden agendas, and naked economic self-interest are the watch word.A lot of people, for example are shocked to discover that the American Kennel Club has a 50-year track record of profiting from puppy mills, embracing …

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Tired Dogs Make Dumb Choices

Self control often means trading the instant gratification of an immediate objective for a secondary long term desire. It’s a way of managing competing self interests (eat cake/lose weight), a coping mechanism with adaptive advantages. But self control doesn’t come free,Studies have demonstrated that self control depletion results in impaired inhibition and results in people …

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Basics of Dog Adoption 101

According to the ASPCA, around 3 to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized every year in the United States, about 60 percent of the dogs and 70 percent of the cats that end up in shelters. Often these were animals who were part of a family, and because of some kind of change in circumstances, such as moving or financial troubles, they were turned over to a shelter.