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Q&A with Mark Alizart

The Bark’s conversation with the author of Dogs (A Philosophical Guide to Our Best Friends)
Mark Alizart and his present dog Master Eckhart
Dogs (A Philosophical Guide to Our Best Friends)
This thoughtful examination of the unique place dogs hold in society and the world is from one of Europe’s preeminent philosophers—Mark Alizart. The author delves into historical myth, religion, pop-culture and wherever canines intersect with big ideas. From Buddhism to Spinoza, he makes a compelling case on why dogs matter and articulates the important lessons they can impart to us. The Bark spoke with Alizart about this seminal work.

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Forget About Stress & Anxiety

POSITIONING THEMSELVES FOR REINFORCEMENT First off, sorry. The title was designed to get your attention. We cannot forget about stress and anxiety but rather than focus on those conditions we assume a dog is experiencing, let’s get down to the business of behavior. It has been important that people have been encouraged to […]

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Emotional Support Dog Joins Forty-Niners Football

Players and staff love Zöe, their French Bulldog

If other professional football teams want to know the secret behind the San Francisco 49ers amazing start this season (eight consecutive wins and no losses at the time of this writing), they might want to consider Zöe’s role. Zöe is the National Football League’s first emotional support dog, and she is an asset to the team.

Zöe helps both players and staff, lessening stress and anxiety and bringing happiness to a group of people who are frequently in physical pain as well as dealing with emotional issues. Yes, the players and many of the coaches have their dream jobs and love what they do, but that does not mean that they have an easy life. Working for the NFL means being in a pressure cooker, and constantly dealing with that stress takes its toll.

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Forget About Stress & Anxiety

POSITIONING THEMSELVES FOR REINFORCEMENT First off, sorry. The title was designed to get your attention. We cannot forget about stress and anxiety but rather than focus on those conditions we assume a dog is experiencing, let’s get down to the business of behavior. It has been important that people have been encouraged to […]

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Q&A with Mark Alizart

The Bark’s conversation with the author of Dogs (A Philosophical Guide to Our Best Friends)
Mark Alizart and his present dog Master Eckhart
Dogs (A Philosophical Guide to Our Best Friends)
This thoughtful examination of the unique place dogs hold in society and the world is from one of Europe’s preeminent philosophers—Mark Alizart. The author delves into historical myth, religion, pop-culture and wherever canines intersect with big ideas. From Buddhism to Spinoza, he makes a compelling case on why dogs matter and articulates the important lessons they can impart to us. The Bark spoke with Alizart about this seminal work.

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Humans' ability to read dogs' facial expressions is learned, not innate

Researchers assessed how experience with dogs affects humans’ ability to recognize dog emotions. Participants who grew up in a cultural context with a dog-friendly attitude were more proficient at recognizing dog emotions. This suggests that the ability to recognize dogs’ expressions is learned through age and experience and is not an evolutionary adaptation.

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Forget About Stress & Anxiety

POSITIONING THEMSELVES FOR REINFORCEMENT First off, sorry. The title was designed to get your attention. We cannot forget about stress and anxiety but rather than focus on those conditions we assume a dog is experiencing, let’s get down to the business of behavior. It has been important that people have been encouraged to […]

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Q&A with Mark Alizart

The Bark’s conversation with the author of Dogs (A Philosophical Guide to Our Best Friends)
Mark Alizart and his present dog Master Eckhart
Dogs (A Philosophical Guide to Our Best Friends)
This thoughtful examination of the unique place dogs hold in society and the world is from one of Europe’s preeminent philosophers—Mark Alizart. The author delves into historical myth, religion, pop-culture and wherever canines intersect with big ideas. From Buddhism to Spinoza, he makes a compelling case on why dogs matter and articulates the important lessons they can impart to us. The Bark spoke with Alizart about this seminal work.

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Advice on Adopting a Adult Rescue Dog

Can I find a reliable family dog at the shelter?
Adoptable dog Coqueta (Oakland Animal Shelter oaklandanimalservices.org)
Adoptable dog Flash (Rocket Dog Rescue rocketdogrescue.org)
Adoptable dog Sassy (Muddy Paws Rescue muddypawsrescue.org)
Adoptable dog Alexandra Cabot (badassbrooklynanimalrescue.com)

Dear Bark: We really want to adopt a young-adult shelter dog but are concerned about socialization issues. Without information about a dog’s early life, how do we know if the one we choose can be trained to be a good, reliable family dog? We hear that the first eight weeks of a dog’s life is so important, but not knowing that, could it be too late?

—Ready to Adopt

Cheers for shelter adoptions and three cheers for adopting an adult dog from a shelter! Millions of people have adopted their best friend from a shelter as an adult (dog), and there’s every reason to believe that you can find you can, too.

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FDSA Podcast

FDSA creates a podcast every week which is released on Friday. Perfect timing for those with long drives to dog shows!

This past week, Shade Whitesel and I  talked about “The spaces in between” –  all of the little details that need to be trained so that your dog can perform at their best during training and when they enter the ring.  So if you have questions about things like, what do I do when I’m talking to my instructor? How do I handle acclimation to the dog show space? Then this is the episode for you.

If you enjoy podcasts, go ahead and take a listen.  The link below will give you direct access to all of the episodes and tell you how to go about subscribing, if that is your preference.

Here is a link:  FDSA Podcast

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