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Meet the dogs with OCD

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

This story on obsessive compulsive disorder features the translational work of Professor Emeritus Nicholas Dodman, former head of Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, on canine compulsive disorder (CCD). The piece references two related patient cases Dr. Dodman treated at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center and includes comments from Dr. Stephanie Borns-Weil, current head of Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic.

Dogs Will Be Dogs, Whether Or Not It’s Convenient For You.

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Dogs come with definite genetic propensities for certain behaviors, making it hard — or impossible — to train them to adjust perfectly to the world of humans in which they live. But there’s a lot you can do to help them meet you at least halfway.

5 Behaviors That Show Your Dog’s Wild Side

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

While your fluffy white Poodle might seem a world away from a wild wolf stalking its prey, there are more similarities between them that you might imagine. Big or small, all dogs have retained a little bit of the wilderness in them—and that comes through in these five common behaviors.

Dear Doctor – How Cats use Scent Glands

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Cats have scent glands around their faces, and in the act of bunting, they leave their scent mark behind to claim territory, ease anxiety or show affection to us.

Love, After First Bites

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Nothing prepared the Devols for the Cujo-like behavior of their dachshund Otto. The sweet puppy they brought home had morphed into a snapping, snarling dog 18 months later.

Otto the Dachshund

Is Your Dog Training You?

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Behavior reinforcement is more of a two-way street than you may realize.

Lick the Habit

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

What’s behind this common bonding behavior

Dog licking owner's face