Study highlights factors that predict success for treating canine behavioral disorders

There is a saying that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks. When it comes to canine behavioral problems, age is only one factor that can predict how well a pet may respond to clinical intervention. In a paper published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science, researchers provide the first evidence on the importance of not just a dog’s age, sex and size on treatment success, but the owner’s personality and the kind of bond that human and animal share.

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If you spend most of your day typing on your iPhone, there are a few tricks to help you type even faster. The best part is that you don’t even have to download a miraculous app or anything like that. It’s all built-in in your phone.
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