Author Update

A quick update on what I’ve been up to over the past month.

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The Science Jargon Buster!

This post is the last in a three part series about accessing and reading scientific papers. The first two posts talk you through how to find and interpret papers for your own use. I might be biased but I would definitely recommend reading them if you haven’t already!

Sometimes scientific papers can feel like they’re written in another language. Bookmark this jargon buster to refer to when you’re ready to dig into some dog science.

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Science Whispering

This post is a follow up to ‘Sniffing Out Scientific Papers’, in which I explained how to find scientific papers on the internet. This week I’ll be breaking down the process of reading and interpreting papers once you’ve found them. Once you’ve got the basics down, you’ll be able to educate yourself, for free, using the most up-to-date evidence, rather than having to rely on second hand information.

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Sniffing Out Scientific Papers

There’s a lot of information about dog behaviour on the internet, but not all of it is good. Learning how to find scientific papers can help you fact-check claims and avoid following bad advice.

In this post I’m going to explain why peer-reviewed papers are the current gold standard, and talk you through some of the ways you can look for evidence on a particular topic. Look out for next week’s post too, in which I’ll be explaining how to interpret the papers you find.

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Cut It Out! Cropping and Docking

Spoiler Warning: Believe it or not, this post makes reference to Game of Thrones series 6 episode 9 – consider yourselves warned!

Cropped ears and docked tails are so often seen, particularly in countries where the practice is unrestricted, that they seem to have become ‘normal’ features of certain breeds. In fact, a Canadian study found that 42% of participants could not explain why dogs that had been docked and cropped had short tails and ears. That’s why I’m going to start this post by explaining what cropping and docking actually involves.

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