- Canine Vision
Dogs are red-green color blind. They see a brighter and less detailed world when compared to humans. Peripheral vision is better than humans (dogs see more of the world), but distance is not judged quite as well. Dogs excel at night vision and the detection of moving objects.
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- Cannibalism in Poultry
Cannibalism is a problem that is associated with large poultry flocks where the birds kept in close confinement peck at associated birds. This can result in significant mortality within the flock when a wound is generated and it will also cause a decrease in egg production as the hen pecked birds become stressed. This is a vice which is usually precipitated by some aspect of management or environment which the birds are subjected to.
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- Controlling Barking
Make sure that your dog has enough socialization, exercise, and mental stimulation. Socialize your dog by exposing him or her to many different people, dogs, other animals, other experiences. This will make strange people, dogs, and noises less frightening. Give your dog plenty of exercise through walks and runs, opportunities to play with other dogs, and games like chasing and retrieving toys.
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- Foal Rejection
Now that your newborn foal is on the ground, safe and sound, you probably think the hardest part is over. The fact of the matter is, the first 24 hours of a foals life are probably the most important, and its your job as the attendant to oversee that all goes as planned. Apart from observing that the newborn is aware of its surroundings and stands as well as defecates within the first two hours after foaling, you must ensure that he receives the vital colostrum. This "first milk" contains essential antibodies which provide immunity for the foal's first few months.
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- Herbivorous Housecats
A common problem of green-thumb cat owners is discouraging the cat from chewing on (and ingesting) house plants. In fact, results from a computer survey of pet owners showed that 36% of the respondents owned pets with this destructive habit. While this is a problem for aesthetic reasons, as the plants can become ragged, unsightly, and unhealthy, the habit can pose health problems for the pet as well.
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- Physical Aggression in Captive Iguanas
As iguanas grow in popularity, due mainly to their personality (Iguanality), unusual looks, and low maintenance and spatial requirements, the chances of physical aggression between iguanas and owners becomes more likely. Iguanas are usually shy, passive, solitary creatures, but under the right conditions, they can aggressively defend themselves. Physical aggression in iguanas usually manifests itself in the form of biting or tail wiping.
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- Problem Barking: Causes and Solutions
Barking, in addition to whining, howling and growling, is a dog's natural means of communication. Barking is characterized by a series of short, sharp sounds, that tend to vary little in tone or pitch. A dog's bark can signify territorial protection, exertion of dominance, or expression of some need. Typically, barking is "a means of communication triggered by a state of excitement." Being a natural trait, barking is not considered a behavioural problem, until it is produced in excess.
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- Separation Anxiety
Much of what is called "separation anxiety" is really boredom, or the dog discovering the chance to engage in his
favorite "hobbies" safely. If your dog spends every second that you're home glued to your side, including sleeping times, and any destruction you find happens within the first 20 minutes of your absence (use a videocamera to watch,
or come back within a short time period) then it's possible that you have a true case of separation anxiety.
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- Separation Anxiety in Dogs
There are many problem behaviours associated with separation anxiety including: defecation and urination in inappropriate locations, destructive behaviour, excessive barking and whining, depression, and hyperactivity. These behaviours may also be the symptoms of other problems. However, if undesired behaviours are clearly related to the absence of the owner, occur shortly after departure and a prolonged greeting response occurs upon the owner's return, separation anxiety is the probable cause.
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- Talking Dog: Body Language
It's important to understand what dogs are saying with their bodies, not only to know your own dog but to better predict what other dogs are doing. To really read dog body language takes experience. I encourage you to watch your own dog(s) and others. Go to the dog park and watch dogs interacting. Watch different body parts (ears, tails, eyes, lips, hair, overall posture) separately for a while. See if you can predict which body stances lead to which activities or outcomes.
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- Understanding Aggressive Behavior in Dogs
Aggressive behavior is part of the normal behavioral repertoire of almost any animal species, including dogs.With the use of techniques called counter conditioning and desensitization it is
possible to teach the dog a new, non-aggressive response, and significantly
raise the threshold at which aggressive behavior is likely to occur. (in pdf)
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