What Scientist Know Today about Dog Memory

What Scientist Know Today about Dog Memory

StayHow good is your dog’s memory? According to Science Daily, a study at Duke University was conducted using laboratory and “citizen scientists” to prove that dog memory is a real phenomenon. In fact, dog memory in this study proved to be more important than canine sense of smell!

The citizens who participated in the study did a simple test with their dogs. They hid a treat under one of two cups as the dog watched. When the view of the cups was blocked, the owner switched the treat to the other cup. The dogs in the trial mostly went straight for the cup where they last saw the treat. If smell were the primary motivator, they should have gone to the cup that actually had the treat!  So what can this mean for you and your dog’s relationship?

Work with Your Dog

guide_dogwsf puppy pictureOn 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper did a segment on the “Smartest Dog in the World” that can identify over 1000 items by name. Chaser belongs to retired Psychology Professor Dr. John PIlley, who spends up to 5 hours per day training and playing games with her. The Border Collie does more than identify objects; she can also perform verbal actions with the items, such as “nose,” “paw” and “take.”

Test Your Dog

In the studies at Duke University, Dr. Bryan Hare, founder of the Canine Cognition Center at Duke, developed a website www.dognition.com that gives you ideas on how   to test your own dog. In the 60 Minutes interview with Cooper, Dr. Hare states that new findings about dog behavior suggests what those of us who are dog owners already know! That is, dogs have different levels of intelligence and can be trained to communicate wants, remember events or recognize people and things.

Trust Your Dog

Sophie StareDr. Greg Berns, Physician and Neuroscientist at Emory University, found that dog brains exhibit emotional response to us humans. In the test shown on Anderson Cooper’s interview, the dog’s brain reacted positively when he smelled his owner’s scent. The oxytocin hormone that the dog reacts with is the same one mom’s get when bonding with their newborns! Have you ever heard that you should not stare at your dog; it could be a sign of aggression? Wrong!!! When your dog is staring at you, she is really giving you a love hug with her eyes!

You will appreciate the part of Cooper’s story when he relates how he has “missed the boat” with his own dog. That is why we are giving you this information about dog memory and how brilliant our canine partners really are! It is never too late to take up new habits with your precious fur companions, so follow the links in our story and enjoy some new quality time getting to know your best friend!

The Doggie-Diva Dog Boutique thanks the following resources:

Science Daily

CBS 60 Minutes “The Smartest Dog in the World” by Anderson COoper

Duke University, Canine Congnitions Center, Dr. Bryan Hare


Fall Fashion Musts for Pets from Petote Designer Dog Carriers

Fall Fashion Musts for Pets from Petote Dog Carriers

Petote Dog Carriers at the Doggie-Diva Dog Boutique are luxury pet carriers at reasonable prices with style and convenience to take for any occasion. Here it is, mid-October and you have changed out your Fall wardrobe. But what about your small dog’s wardrobe?

Dogs Like to Tailgate, Too!

Petote Roxy Dog Carrier Red

Petote Roxy Dog Carrier — Red

Go to Sports Events with Petote Roxy Dog Carrier in Khaki. ($99.95) The khaki color is perfect for tailgating, outdoor sports events, Fall festivals or any other sporty event you and your dog wish to attend. Comfortable shoulder straps are designed to carry your pet over your shoulder or by hand. The side window that you can roll up lets your doggie poke her head out to see where you are going. She will also love the faux fur cushion inside, so she can just relax as she watches all the action. You will love the easy to clean nylon, the removable comfort pad and fashion purse size. The small bag fits 6 to 8 lb. dogs and the large fits 10-12 lbs.

Imagine that you take your little best buddy to the next tailgate party. She has the most fun watching you, and your friends eat, drink and cheer on your team!

Dogs Prefer Leather for Trip Travel

A trip with your dog to town requires the Petote Metro Couture Leather Dog Carrier in Toffee. ($349.95) The all leather carrier has a nylon interior that is easy to clean. The faux fur pillow is detachable for easy cleaning also. A side zipper pocket gives you room for your essentials and puppy’s treats. The three sizes for this designer dog carrier are petite for little doggies under 4 lbs. Small fits pups under 10 lbs. comfortably and the large fits dogs up to 15 lbs. All Petote Couture Dog Carriers have an interior safety harness to keep your dog safe and stable. You will adore the easy care leather and sturdiness of the Metro Leather Dog Carriers by Petote.

You will enjoy having your furry partner along when you take him on the subway, bus or in the car when you make a trip into town or to grandma’s house.

Dogs Appreciate a Little Culture

You need the black patent quilted Petote Marlee Dog Carrier ($229.95) to go with your little black dress! The Marlee Dog Carrier comes in one size (18″ x 7″ x 10″) and is airline approved on most carriers. If you are invited to a cocktail, dinner or gallery party, you will be happy to have your little tail-wagging partner tucked beside you in this gorgeous purse. There are privacy flaps on each side to hide your fur buddy’s presence. There is also an abundance of pockets on the Marlee Pet Carrier to hold your nighttime essentials and your pet’s chews. Made in the USA, you will be proud to carry your prized pet with you to any elegant occasion.

Can’t you just see how adorable your small dog will be when she can peek out at all the pretty people around you? Or how thrilled will your doggie be when you carry her along on a corporate jet to the opera in another city?

Dog Carrier Reviews Online Reveal Why Your Small Dog Will Love to Travel

We hear from our customers in dog carrier reviews online about how they travel with their dogs. We like to

Kwigy Bo Alex Dog Carriers Black/White

Kwigy Bo Alex Dog Carriers Black/White

know what our customers think about Doggie-Diva Dog Boutique products, quality expectations and customer service. We have three main dog carrier products: Jaraden, Kwigy-Bo and Petote. Two of the most popular are the Kwigy-Bo Alex and the Petote Marlee for dogs that weigh under 6 lbs. Here is a quick comparison of features you look for in a dog carrier.

Kwigy-Bo Alex Black ($169.95)

Kwigy-Bo Dog Carrier Alex Black

Design: Quilted animal friendly leather with silver hardware
Storage: Roomy outside pockets for dog treats, small blanket, your essentials
Dog Comfort: 1.5-inch removable quilted pad and safety harness
Privacy: Two side vents that have roll up privacy covers plus top vent with privacy flap
Travel: Airline approved one size only: 17″ length x 8″ width & 11″ height.

Petote Marlee Dog Carrier Black ($229.95)

Design: Quilted padded soft-sided designer material with silver hardware
Storage: Two large pockets on the front and one long zipper pocket on the back
Dog Comfort: Faux Fur removable pillow and safety strap
Privacy: Two side and top vents with privacy flaps
Travel: Airline approved One size: 18″ x 7″ x 10″
You can see that the comparison is very close for both luxury dog carriers. Therefore, we thought it might be helpful to give you some review examples of ALL of our dog carrier products, so you can make the decision about which is best for you and your doggie’s requirements.

Design and Storage Reviews:
Very Pleased! Stylish and very well made! Purchased for my 4# Yorkie. My dog Tequila travels everywhere with me and I like to know she is comfortable and safe. Lots of room and I love the pockets both inside and out Debby from Arizona

Jaraden Getaway Dog Carriers can come with a seat belt loop for additional safety

I’m constantly getting compliments on my “beautiful purse”, as it really doesn’t look like a dog carrier at all! It’s light enough to carry my little 3 lb Pom around everywhere I go Cheryl from Massachusetts

love it beautiful….Quality is amazing better then I expected. What I like the best is that there is room to carry all of my own personal necessities as well as my 2.5 lb Chi Abby’s things. Also the purse bag was a nice extra touch that sealed the deal : o ) Marsha from California

Dog Comfort and Privacy Reviews:
I wanted a carrier that fit my 7 lb. silky terrier very comfortably. This carrier easily does that with an amazing foam removable bottom, 1 1/2″ thinkLove, love, love. And it arrived as promised! Polly from Florida
I purchased this for my toy poodle puppy, so I take my puppy with me whenever I can. The puppy has plenty of room and will still fit when he is at adult height/weight. He can lay in it and hang his head out the side or sit in it and pop his head out of the top. The design gives you lots of options Peggy from Pennsylvania
My guy loves the super soft pillow and loves that he can peak out the top without getting out! Danielle from Texas

Travel and Customer Service Reviews:
Absolutely love this carrier for long journeys. I travelled from the uk to sardinia with this with my chihuahua in by car train and boat and it worked for everything. My dog was safe and comfortable and I had all my personal belongings in one place. Carole from United Kingdom

Petote Roxy Dog Carrier — Red

I am thrilled with the service and product I purchased from Doggie Diva. I had researched literally hundreds of bags but your video won me over! My trip was awesome because I had my furbaby with me the entire time using my new bag, from the hotel to the Boardwalk,concerts to the restaurants, the bag was PERFECT Connie fromVirginia

i could not be happier with this bag. i travel extensively, so my little 4 1/2 # T-cup Papillon spends some time in her bag frequently. i also love the fact that the pad and pad cover are SO easy to wash and quick to dry. i love the 2 top flaps that allow her to pop her head out but not escape (she’s a little Houdini, but she is very secure in this bag). Frankie from California
The reviews cover all the brands, sizes and styles that you will find at Doggie-Diva Dog Boutique. Choose from Jaraden Soho, Mon Ami le Petit, Shacara, Kwigy-Bo Alex and Alexa and Petote Metro. Then please be sure to write your dog carrier reviews, so we can continue to provide you with the quality service you expect.

Note from Doggie-Diva Dog Boutique: The reviews are excerpts copied from the Doggie-Diva.com Dog Carriers area of website. Read more on the site.

Fall Apple Treats for Dogs – Try These Dog Recipes

Fall Apple Treats for Dogs – Try These Dog Recipes

Sweet ApplesThis is the first week of Fall and apple treats for dogs are a great way to celebrate the bountiful crop that is in the grocery stores! Make homemade dog treats from the following handy recipes. We found that Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Fuji are the best when you do not want to add sugar…they are sweet enough on their own! Also, be careful when the recipe calls for Apple Sauce. Spices can be harmful to dogs, so plain applesauce is the only one to use, or make your own (See instructions at the end of this blog!)

We found these recipes on Dogster and they sound simply delicious enough to SHARE with your canine family member!

Banana Mutt Cookies

Yield: Makes about 20 mutt pleasers
1 1/2 cups ripe mashed bananas
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups oats
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
1/4 cup applesauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients together thoroughly.
Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto an ungreased baking sheet, and press flat with a fork.
Bake for approximately 15 minutes, then cool on a rack before serving. Store in an airtight container.

Apple Crunch Pupcakes

Yield: 12-14 Pupcakes
· 2 3/4 cups water
· 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
· 2 tablespoons honey
· 1 medium egg
· 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
· 4 cups whole wheat flour
· 1 cup apple, dried
· 1 tablespoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together water, applesauce, honey, egg and vanilla. In a large bowl, combine flour, apple chips and baking powder. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until very well blended. Pour into greased muffin pans, Bake 1 1/4 hours, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry. Store in a sealed container.

Rodimel Family Blog PixThe Rodimels Family Blog contains a fabulous recipe that provides superior nutritional benefits for your precious pooch.

Homemade Apple and carrots Dog Treats Recipe


1/2 cup chopped apple
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup applesauce
1 t. baking powder
1 cup rye (or general purpose) flour
1 egg
parchment paper

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Chop up apples and carrots to 1/4 inch cubes. Carrots do good in a food processor. Apples, not so much.
3. Add all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix everything together well with a spoon or by hand.
4. Sprinkle pastry mat or countertop with some extra flour so your dough doesn’t stick.
5. Put dough on pastry mat or countertop. Begin to flatten out by hand, sprinkling more flour on top of dough as needed (to prevent stickiness)
6. Use rolling pin to roll out dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
7. Using a cookie cutter (We have dog bone shaped ones that we got from Amazon), begin cutting out individual treats. Place them on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.
8. Put in oven and cook for 30-35 minutes. Treats will be firm but not hard when done. Store in refrigerator.

Homemade Apple Sauce:

Sarah’s Applesauce from All Recipes website
Yield: 2 servings
• 4 apples – peeled, cored and chopped
• 3/4 cup water
• 1/4 cup white sugar (optional if using sweet apples)
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.

Apple Treats for Dogs Health Notes:

Sissy and Dog Treat IngredientsDO NOT let dogs eat apple seeds!

Cinnamon in small amounts, as in the homemade applesauce recipe is actually good for dogs. Cinnamon has properties that help senior dogs with their joints. Read the article, “Of all the items in my pantry, the one I never want to run out of is cinnamon” by Julia Szabo from Nov 12th 2010, on Dogster’s website.

Enjoy sharing the Fall harvest by giving your doggies the chance to get treats that are just as tasty to them as they are to you! Apple treats for dogs are not only healthy; they are also great for special training incentives and showing how much you adore your precious fur baby.

The Doggie-Diva Dog Boutique would like to thank and appreciate the folloing photo Souces:

Apples: Fruit for the Office Blog

Dog Biscuits: The Rodimel Family Blog

Siddy and Dog Treat Ingredients – Author’s dog, Sophie

Dog Medical Detectives – Not Just Another Dog Tale!

Dog Medical Detectives – Not Just Another Dog Tale!

Photo Credit: European Lung FoundationAre dogs really medical detectives for humans at heart? Have you ever wondered why your dog likes to smell  your breath first thing in the morning? The dog sense of smell is almost 1 million times greater than human smell detectors. There are dogs trained to detect impending epileptic, diabetic and anxiety attacks in their owners. Other dogs are trained to sniff out drugs, bombs and dangerous objects. Medical science is continuing research into the wider possibilities for medical detection dogs.

How Dogs Detect Medical Conditions

Because humans excrete fluid through sweat, saliva and urine, the biological markers that may determine an abnormality have distinguishing scents to dogs. Don’t laugh! The initial researchers did at first, then decided to take this phenomenon seriously. The Article, “Medical detection dogs: how they could save our lives in a sniff”, first published in 2013 in Medical News Today explains how the initial discovery of hypoglycemia detection in diabetics led to more research in other diseases.

Training for Medical Detection Dogs

The training is an exact science that must come from medical research resources. Germany and the UK have done the most extensive research and training, while the USA is beginning to certify valid resources.

Our Dogs UK (Bing search)The video in Medical News Today’s article shows how the dogs are trained to identify specific diseases in urine samples and rewarded accordingly for their findings.

In the article, “Cancer and Bio Detection Dogs,”published by the Extraordinary Dogs Foundation, 2011, there are anecdotal stories about people whose dogs had a sniffing habit at specific spots on the human’s body. The article points out that while these stories turned out to be the precursor to a true diagnosis, this behavior should not be taken as factual, since dogs cannot tell us what they are sniffing! Instead, the research that proves dogs can sniff out certain diseases means early detection by a dog’s nose gives medical scientists a way to further investigate the chemical abnormalities that a dog smells.

The Future of Dog Medical Detection

The Animal Planet Article, “Can Dogs Detect Health Problems in People?” Includes research at the Pine Street Foundation in California performed in 2006 that found dogs could be trained to detect breast and lung cancer through breath samples. Dog candidates for medical detection training are often Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers simply because of their friendly and eager to please dispositions. Australian Shepherds, Beagles and Poodles have also been part of medical alert training.

Even though we are not ready, just yet, to rely on our dog’s medical diagnosis abilities, it is encouraging to know that medicine, science and canine research is happening to help us humans be more independent and healthy! Doctors can prescribe seeing-eye, medical alert and guide dogs for patients. Maybe one day, we will visit our doctor and get a true preliminary “lab report” from the doc’s dog medical detective!

The Doggie-Diva Dog Boutique would like to thank and acknowledge the following resources for research and pictures
Medical News today
Extraordinary Dogs
Animal Planet

Picture 1
Sniffer dog Training Copyright European Lung Foundation
Picture 2
Medical Detection Dog, Our Dogs UK (Bing search)