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GEEK ZONE

Lots of links for you for interesting scientific research on dog health, behaviour, puppies, spay and neuter research – they are just here for you to read and form your own opinions on the subjects.

Fear and Anxiety

Behaviour

PUPPY MILL PUPPIES:
Behavioral and psychological outcomes for dogs sold as puppies through pet stores and/or born in commercial breeding establishments: Current knowledge and putative causes

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1558787817300102

Behavioral Changes Associated with Thyroid Dysfunction in Dogs
http://landofpuregold.com/the-pdfs/thyroid-behavioralchanges.pdf

Noise sensitivity and general fearfulness in dogs:
Overlapping genomic regions underlie canine fearfulness and human mental disorders

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190123091155.htm?fbclid=IwAR2GOFv2Lp_3SR1C3voWNjEAUq1YHiJvW9Fwv1901z6vopF4j5-WDyFhdyU

The Function of Play Bows in Dog and Wolf Puppies

https://www.companionanimalpsychology.com/2017/02/the-function-of-play-bows-in-dog-and.html?fbclid=IwAR2hvMI8_1RwxisgVEG9OdI5rLcv3aJYICsS-X6K9Ip8Kin6o7Hra5m4HMU#.XG1RHajbQU8.facebook

Neuroscience Of Licking & Sender-Receiver Mechanisms. Are They Conflict Reducing, Disengagement Markers, Arousal Or Congruence Signals?

http://www.simplybehaviour.com/neuroscience-lip-licking-mean/?fbclid=IwAR1iDkZrkvFhBUQLMIFe77whVIy2eSc02qVYuuf446Q0Td89hnmQvgpSHU4

The Importance of Food in Dog Training

https://www.companionanimalpsychology.com/2013/07/the-importance-of-food-in-dog-training.html

Can dogs have autism?

https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/news/Can-Dogs-Have-Autism-22010-1.html

Emotional Contagion

Reading Faces: Differential Lateral Gaze Bias in Processing Canine and Human Facial Expressions in Dogs and 4-Year-Old Children
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0036076

Investigating emotional contagion in dogs (Canis familiaris) to emotional sounds of humans and conspecifics
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5486498/

Rapid mimicry and emotional contagion in domestic dogs
https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/full/10.1098/rsos.150505

Emotional contagion in dogs as measured by change in cognitive task performance
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0168159114002354

Anatomy

common injury factors for puppies – it’s not just about hips and elbows

https://www.dogworksfitness.com/single-post/2017/12/28/The-1-and-2-common-injury-factors-for-puppies—and-its-not-just-about-hips-and-elbows?fbclid=IwAR2BW7ZGYtFu1QEKXjZl8l6CbkQUulet_Ott-LLgZULonsx1458aXMP5Mu8

Harness use affecting gait

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bt6M94EiT_w/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=4b041yrncbyf&fbclid=IwAR2MimIp8zP7flgKHcvON7edTvrvTd5qTlGqQrtdfp5R7moYdiM0UORwvBIP

A myotherapists perspective on harnesses

Faulty gene may help explain why food-obsessed Labradors top obesity charts

https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2016-05-04/faulty-gene-may-explain-why-labradors-are-food-obsessed/7378828?fbclid=IwAR3oxsW1a87xb2OZazVqIvTajvnZsMTKpWHomORHJlSnL9Ap26xAQmx08tw

Neutering

Dr Becker. The truth about spaying and neutering (Youtube Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enPCZA1WFKY

PROS AND CONS OF SPAY AND NEUTER
https://www.parsemus.org/projects/ovary-sparing-spay/


Behavioral Reasons for Relinquishment of Dogs and Cats to 12 Shelters

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1207/S15327604JAWS0302_2

Evaluation of a behavioral assessment questionnaire for use in the characterization of behavioral problems of dogs relinquished to animal shelters
https://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/abs/10.2460/javma.2005.227.1755

Non-reproductive Effects of Spaying and Neutering on Behaviour in Dogs
http://www.naiaonline.org/uploads/WhitePapers/EarlySNAndBehaviorDuffySerpell.pdf

Effects of Spaying and Neutering on Behaviour in Dogs
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2018.00018/full

The Social Behaviour of Neutered Male Dogs Compared to Intact Dogs

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Carina_Kaufmann2/publication/313123938_The_Social_Behaviour_of_Neutered_Male_Dogs_Compared_to_Intact_Dogs_Canis_Lupus_Familiaris_Video_Analyses_Questionnaires_and_Case_Studies/links/5a4cc5f40f7e9b8284c42f51/The-Social-Behaviour-of-Neutered-Male-Dogs-Compared-to-Intact-Dogs-Canis-Lupus-Familiaris-Video-Analyses-Questionnaires-and-Case-Studies.pdf

A literature review on the welfare implications of gonadectomy of dogs

https://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/full/10.2460/javma.250.10.1155

Spay Neuter And Joint Disease

https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/spay-neuter-and-joint-disease/

Growth Plates

https://nationalpurebreddogday.com/before-you-do-something-permanent-know-about-growth-plates/

https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2016/07/27/neutering-spaying-effects.aspx

Castration ~ Effects on male dog health and behaviour

http://liziangel.blogspot.com/2011/08/castration-effects-on-male-dog-health.html

Neutering Your Dog – Making an Informed Decision 

http://www.homeopathicvet.co.uk/neutering-your-dog–making.pdf

https://dogsfirst.ie/health-issues/dog-neutering/?fbclid=IwAR3JWFq6Ns2FWxnxth27adCwhRHBSIzxKHLLkEIAzrqDUSzWd4weS2V5Cfc

https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/canine-corner/201702/are-there-behavior-changes-when-dogs-are-spayed-or-neutered?fbclid=IwAR06SHFtXZcMtv1RKWvsEdDA5jGGzYj2tEEC3RaUgAsf9jLflenVHGLcQuA

Gonadectomy effects on the risk of immune disorders in the dog: a retrospective study

https://bmcvetres.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12917-016-0911-5

Neutering Dogs: Effects on Joint Disorders and Cancers in Golden Retrievers

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0055937

Neutering of German Shepherd Dogs: associated joint disorders, cancers and urinary incontinence

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/vms3.34

Spaying and urinary incontinence in bitches under UK primary veterinary care: a case–control study
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jsap.13014?fbclid=IwAR2qyuR6XvQctHDz3ftmFG8KOszxdaeR8K7Tm4jhIv0iwGGgBAChA7_enMI

Long-Term Health Effects of Neutering Dogs: Comparison of Labrador Retrievers with Golden Retrievers

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0102241

Rottweilers Endogenous Gonadal Hormone Exposure and Bone Sarcoma Risk

Rottweilers are considered to be at high risk of osteosarcome and are five times more likely to develop the tumour than the average dog (Comstock et al 2006). It has been suggested that between 5 and 12% of all Rottweilers develop osteosarcoma (Rosenberger & Crawford 2004, Comstock et al 2006). Dogs that underwent early elective gonadectomy had a one in four lifetime risk 

The specific cause of osteosarcoma is not known.  However, because osteosarcoma tumors are frequently found near growth plates, it is speculated that factors that affect growth rates, ?neutering  and such as diets that promote rapid growth in puppies, appear to influence risk.  

The genetic basis of the disease is yet to be elucidated. It has a familial pattern of incidence and it seems likely that the prevalence may be reduced by breeding only from lines that have not (or very rarely) been affected.

http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/11/11/1434

Reproductive Capability Is Associated with Lifespan and Cause of Death in Companion Dogs

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0061082

https://www.dogcancerblog.com/articles/cancer-causes/spayneuter-and-the-association-with-cancer-in-dogs-part-one/

https://www.dogcancerblog.com/articles/scientific-medical-references/spaying-neutering/

https://www.cuvs.org/sites/default/files/inline-files/1-4%20Bentley%20Thalheim%20-%20SpayNeuter.pdf

Post-spaying/neutering care guide
https://topdogvitamins.com/dog-spaying-neutering-post-op-care/

Health

Inflammatory bowel disease – Causes and Symptoms of IBD in Dogs
https://yourdogadvisor.com/how-to-manage-ibd-in-dogs/

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Testimonials

All of these are copied directly from my Facebook and Google Reviews for The Fairydogmother (Yorkshire) Ltd.

BOWIE

Where do I start? everyone told me my boy Bowie was a lost cause. that he was dangerous . that he was beyond help and to put him to sleep. he was just 11 months old. a young male dog struggling with hormones and he began to lash out. he had bitten. attacked 2 dogs. become a dog i no longer recognised . i had to get help. I met many trainers. but then I met kerry. I instantly knew she was different from the rest and that she was going to help us. fast forward 18 months (thanks covid) we now have our boy back. balanced. focused. social. Happy. yes he may have a flare up in the future but I now have all the tools and the confidence to get my boy through it all and I couldn't have done it without kerry. I will be forever grateful for her help, advice, guidance and knowledge for bringing my boy back.

Natalie Leak, Bowie

JUNO

Working with Kerry was great. Really appreciated how she listened and focussed on what was right for our dog and for us. Kerry has helped enormously, guiding us to help Juno overcome her anxiety around traffic. We picked up loads of other tips and fun tricks along the way and now have a happy, relaxed dog.

Helen Coop, Juno

SKY

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Leanne Kennedy, Sky

BERTIE

We have used Kerry on a one to one at home with our beagle puppy. We had only two sessions and couldn’t believe the difference in our young dog’s behaviour. He was a highly stressed,anxious dog with guarding issues and aggressive behaviour. He became much calmer and turned into a loving dog who clearly enjoyed the training too! I had lost my trust in him due to him biting me but since following Kerry’s advice we developed a great bond between us. I can highly recommend Kerry.

Jennie Small, Bertie

RUBY

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Phil Coates, Ruby

MACK

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Karen, Mack

LILLY

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Rachel Tottle, Lilly

OATY

Kerry helped us so much with our nervous boy Oaty! He was super nervous of new people, especially in the house and would bark constantly at them. One of the first times Kerry met Oaty, he sat and barked at her for a whole hour and she wasn’t deterred at all. 6 months on and he happily plays and wrestles about with people we introduce him to! He’s grown so much in confidence and we can now happily leave him with dog sitters and new people. It’s relieved so much of our worries and helped both Oaty and us live a happier life together. Couldn’t recommend Kerry more!!

Emma Conway, Oaty

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