How To Build a Strong Bond with Your English Shepherd Puppy

Establishing a strong bond with a puppy is crucial for their overall well-being, happiness, and development into a well-adjusted adult dog. This article explores the various factors that contribute to building a strong bond between human caretakers and their canine companions, highlighting the importance of socialization, physical touch, mental stimulation, play, communication, consistency, positive … Read more
Dogs on the American Frontier: Protectors of Pioneers

This article explores the role of dogs in the lives of pioneers on the American frontier. The pioneers who settled the frontier were a determined and self-reliant group of people who sought to shape the land to their desires and ambitions. Despite the challenges they faced, they believed that they could create a better … Read more
Combining Traditional Pedigree Databases and Haplotype-Based Phylogenetic Classification for a Comprehensive Canine Ancestry Analysis

In the world of dog breeding and ownership, understanding the lineage and genetic background of a canine companion is of utmost importance. While traditional pedigree databases have long been relied upon for this information, they are not without their flaws and inaccuracies. The emergence of haplotype-based phylogenetic classification offers a more objective and scientifically … Read more

Evaluating Dog-Human Relationship Models: Lupomorphism, Babymorphism, and Friendship

The dog-human relationship is a complex and essential aspect of canine care and training. This paper examines three prominent models of this relationship: lupomorphism, babymorphism, and friendship. Lupomorphism focuses on the hierarchical pack structure, drawing comparisons between dogs and their wolf ancestors. Babymorphism emphasizes the caregiving and emotional bond aspects of the relationship, treating … Read more
Evolution of Farm Dog Perceptions in Western Societies

This short article explores the evolving perception of farm dogs in Western societies over the past 150 years and discusses the implications of this shift in understanding when examining dog-related customs and views in ancient and non-Western societies. We highlight three key phases: (1) late 19th and early 20th centuries, when farm dogs were … Read more
How To Train Your English Shepherd Dog to Heel

Dog Situation You have a young puppy that you would like to train to walk calmly by your side, without pulling on the leash or wandering off. This behavior is commonly referred to as “heeling.” Teaching your puppy to heel can make walks more enjoyable and can also be a valuable skill for more advanced … Read more

Predatory Motor Sequences In English Shepherd Dogs

Predatory motor patterns in dogs are innate behaviors that have evolved over time to aid in hunting and capturing prey. These behaviors, inherited from their wild ancestors, can still be observed in domestic dogs, albeit to varying degrees. This entry explores the six stages of the predatory motor sequence in dogs and applies Tinbergen’s four … Read more
First Friend Fact #83

Dogs have a unique “third eyelid” called the nictitating membrane. This transparent membrane is found in the inner corner of a dog’s eye and can slide across the eye for added protection or moisture. It helps to keep the eye clean and lubricated, while also shielding it from debris and injury. In some cases, the … Read more
Prince of the Stock Yard

Prince was a wiry dog who weighed a lean sixty pounds when wet.  He was a farm shepherd, dutiful but non-spectacular in any noticeable way. In looks or general behavior, Prince shared little in common with bench-show dogs of his day.  He had a glossy black coat, a tan spot above each eye, and a … Read more