Interested in Some Quaran-training? Introducing our Pet Education Series!

Interested in Some Quaran-training? Introducing our Pet Education Series!

During these days of staying safer-at-home and working remotely, many of us have gotten to know our pets better than we ever imagined.  To answer some of the questions that may have come to mind during this newfound time with your furry friends, we’ve compiled a menu of fascinating and educational commentary on the joys, mysteries and best practices with respect to your pets.  From training methods to decoding their peculiar and lovable behaviors, we’ve got it all covered in our selection of Ted Talks and YouTube commentaries.  Now’s your chance to hear what the experts have to say!

How to Read a Dog’s Body Language by Barbara Sherman

Most of us don’t really know how to read our dog’s body language and, in this instructive talk, veterinary behaviorist Barbara Sherman demonstrates how we can do better.

Length: 17 minutes

https://www.ted.com/talks/barbara_sherman_how_to_read_a_dog_s_body_language/up-next

Dog-Friendly Dog Training by Ian Dunbar

Trainer Ian Dunbar asks us to see the world through the eyes of our beloved dogs. By knowing our pets’ perspectives, we can build their love and trust.  At the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County, we encourage puppy socialization and recommend that all dogs adopted from us participate in a training program with their new owners.  This is especially important for puppies, as nipping (bite inhibition) is one of the greatest challenges that new puppy owners face.

Length: 14 minutes 

https://www.ted.com/talks/ian_dunbar_dog_friendly_dog_training/up-next

The Secret Life of Dogs by Julia Espinosa

Some think dogs love us just like we love them; others see them as collections of instinctive behaviors incapable of complex feelings. The truth, according to animal behaviorist Julia Espinosa, lies somewhere in the middle. In this talk, she and her canine guest star Loki explain how (and why) we should challenge our assumptions about animal behavior and, in doing so, transform our relationships with them.

Length: 17 minutes

https://www.ted.com/talks/julia_espinosa_the_secret_life_of_dogs/up-next

How Dogs Help with Conservation Efforts by Megan Parker and Peter Coppolillo

Conservationists Megan Parker and Peter Coppolillo explain — with a demonstration from conservation dog Ruger — how dogs can help organizations collect crucial conservation data ranging from detecting contraband to helping track and preserve endangered species.

Length: 9 minutes

https://www.ted.com/talks/megan_parker_how_dogs_help_with_conservation_efforts/up-next

Why Do Cats Act So Weird? by Tony Buffington

They’re cute, they’re lovable, and judging by the 26 billion views on over 2 million YouTube videos of them, one thing is certain: cats are very entertaining. But their strange feline behaviors, both amusing and baffling, leave many of us asking: Why do cats do that? Tony Buffington explains the science behind some of your cat’s strangest behaviors.

Length: 4 minutes, animated

https://www.ted.com/talks/tony_buffington_why_do_cats_act_so_weird/up-next

How Do Dogs See With Their Noses? by Alexandra Horowitz

You may have heard the expression that dogs ‘see with their noses.’ But these creatures’ amazing nasal architecture actually reveals a whole world beyond what we can see. Alexandra Horowitz illustrates how the dog’s nose can smell the past, the future and even things that can’t be seen at all.

Length: 4 minutes, animated

https://www.ted.com/talks/alexandra_horowitz_how_do_dogs_see_with_their_noses/up-next

The Power of a Pet by Dr. Rustin Moore

Dr. Rustin Moore talks about zooeyia, the power of the human-animal bond, and the benefits of having a pet.  The Humane Society sees the power of pets every day.  We see it when we teach almost 100 kids yearly at our Animal Explorers Summer Camp.  We see it on our regular visits to Ave Maria Assisted Living Home to bring happiness and joy to its residents.  And most of all, we see it by the generosity of pet lovers and pet loving businesses in our community, who give us our ability to save and impact lives. 

Length: 13 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t4m6mo0bMY

How Dogs Love Us by Dr. Gregory Berns

Ever wondered what your dog is thinking? Does he really miss you when you’re gone? Finally, we have the answer, thanks to MRI technology and Dr. Gregory Berns.

Length: 18 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0Y-GU3JqiQ

Barking and Marking: Decoding the Language of Dogs by Chris Ramsay

In this talk, Chris will give fascinating background into the world of dogs and how to keep man and man’s best friend on their best behavior.

Length: 12 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj9igX-BMG8

The Human Animal Bond by Susan Little

Susan Little talks about the importance of the human-animal bond and the importance of protecting our pets from fleas and ticks.

Length: 10 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjxAewIBYJk

 

What Can We Learn from Old Dogs? by David Waters

What can old dogs teach us about human aging and cancer? Dr. David Waters wittily shows us how getting “out of the laboratory and into the living room” allowed him to make a ground-breaking discovery in very old dogs that could hold important implications for new and effective cancer treatments in people.

Length: 12 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS9fiDn4Qo8

We hope you enjoy these talks from the experts.  There is more to our best furry friends and favorite companions than meets the eye!

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