Dogs in animal shelters can be helped to behave better by wafting special scents throughout their kennels and corridors, animal behaviour experts from the University of Edinburgh have found. The research may lead to more dogs being rehomed after they have been placed in shelters for a variety of reasons including excessive barking and other bad behaviour.
I am as much of a dog junkie as anyone I know. But the question must and will be asked. Exactly which smells have this happy effect?
Are we going to see little electric gizmos that cheer up your dog by filling the house with the pleasing scent of whatever unspeakable thing they'd really rather be out rolling in? Are there dog owners in the world silly enough to buy these devices? Have you watched much late-night TV recently?