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Our Four-Legged Friends During COVID-19

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

Megan Mueller, the Elizabeth Arnold Stevens Junior Professor at Cummings School, and Clinical Assistant Professor Stephanie Borns-Weil were featured on WCVB’s Chronicle talking about the human-animal bond and animal behavior during the pandemic.

playful young white unicolored cat looking at feather

Managing Mask Phobia in Dogs

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

If your dog is fearful of face masks, don’t despair. Behavior modification can help your dog accept the unacceptable masks.

Young woman with brown hair, sitting on her sofa with a medical mask as a precaution against the spread of virus, along with her dog of breed Beagle, coronavirus, COVID-19, selective focus

How to Stop Attention-Seeking Behavior

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

A veterinary behaviorist shares how to get your dog to stop barking, pawing, stealing or otherwise acting up to get your attention during the pandemic.

A black French bulldog shreds a roll of toilet paper.

How to Stop Territorial Barking

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

A veterinary behaviorist shares how to get your dog to stop barking at passersby—and providing an unwanted soundtrack to your Zoom meetings—during the pandemic.

A small brown dog is barking on a bed, next to a girl using a laptop

Finding Qualified Professional Animal Trainers

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

Finding a professional trainer to entrust your dog with can be challenging. While many well-qualified trainers give excellent, scientifically-validated advice, there are currently no required credentialing or licensing programs for professional animal trainers.

dog giving his paw

Looking Through the Eyes of Animals

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Temple Grandin on the importance of first impressions, why “draconian leash laws” are a problem for dogs, and more.

Temple Grandin speaking in lecture hall

Preparing for your Behavior Appointment

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Taking these steps before your appointment at Tufts Behavior Clinic will ensure the most productive session and the best possible outcome.

How accurate are dog-activity trackers?

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

There are countless gadgets available these days for people to track everything from our heart rate to our stress levels. So perhaps it’s no surprise that there also are quite a few products that now claim to similarly monitor your dog’s activity and health, including tracking what your pet is up to all day at home while you’re at work.

How Dogs Think

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

A scientist explores how genetics and experience shape the canine mind.