"Waiting Dog" by Ogata Gekko 
Ca. 1900.

One Step Forward. One Step Back.

I was still basking in the afterglow of 3 days of solid canine science yet I knew the feeling couldn’t last. The world of dog training lives in two worlds. One world is populated by people who study and understand science, who use modern methods and apply ethical standards to their interactions with our non-human…

5 Tall Tales from 1 Small Mind

I am an occasional visitor to the Natural Dog Training (is there such a  thing as Supernatural Dog Training?) blog authored by snake-oil salesman and new-age mystic Kevin Behan. Reading the blog is amusing and infuriating. I find it painful to see him lie to readers and distort the latest science story to support the sales his energy…

Canine Distemper….in humans?

The Society for General Microbiology (#sgmman) is on for one more day so here is another quick post on viruses. Canine Distemper virus has a wide host range which include lions, tigers, hyenas, wolves, coyotes, raccoons, seals, martens, badger, bears and monkeys. But not humans, not yet Humans get measles, a closely related virus. So…

Novel Dog Virus: Canine Bocavirus 3

The Society for General Microbiology (#sgmman) is holding a conference in Manchester (March 25-28)so a short report on a new canine virus is on the menu. A previously unknown bocavirus has been isolated in the post-mortem examination of a dog’s liver (Li 2013). Bocaviruses have recently received increased attention thanks to the discovery of the first known…