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How clever is your dog? A literature review sums up the evidence and if dogs were clever enough to understand, they wouldn’t be happy

A literature review carried out by researchers at the University of Exeter has reached a conclusion that may upset millions of pet owners: the combination of many different studies of animal intelligence suggest that dogs are no smarter than many other animals. You may think your pooch understands every word you say, you may believe that Rover knows exactly what is going on around him, and you may like to think that when he looks at you with his head cocked, that he has the intellectual ability of a super-smart mammal. The truth? He may be no smarter than a pigeon.
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Clicker Training – how does it work?

Clicker training is a very common way of teaching a dog a new trick, or skill, or behaviour. However, it can also be used in other animals - including cats, horses and even rabbits! The basic principle is very simple, but using it, we can teach our pets all sorts of behaviours by using a fun, positive method.
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Does my cat need company?

This is a question vets hear a lot - people who are worried that their cat will be lonely, or need a companion. So in this blog, we’re going to look into it in more detail for you!
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Why hasn’t the Dangerous Dogs Act stopped “dog attacks”?

The bottom line is that the DDA was never intended to prevent any and all dog attacks, or injuries to people caused by dogs. There are a number of reasons for this, but primarily the law was passed to protect the public from certain types of dog, and to allow the police to prosecute people who let their dogs attack a person. The effectiveness of this law has been widely questioned, not least by vets, the RSPCA and many animal owners, who have argued that it was an overreaction. However, some campaigners and victims of dog bites maintain it needs to be made stronger and stricter.
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5 things to think about when training rhinos (if you don’t have a rhino a dog will do just fine…)

Okay, so training a rhino is something that only a few people get to do. However, working close quarters with any animal can be enormously rewarding, especially when you achieve something together. Positive reinforcement training is the primary method used by professional animal trainers to work with their charges and it is a fantastic way to enrich an animal’s life and reduce potential stress.
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