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Dogs Dislike Those Mean to Their Owners
A study finds that canines will refuse food from people unwilling to help out.
I think that my dogs would take food from just about anyone. But a new study from Kyoto University found that canines don't like when people are not kind to their owners. And even a bribe won't change their mind! The study, led by comparative cognition professor Kazuo Fujita, put three groups of 18 dogs through role plays in which their owners needed to open a box. The owner was accompanied by...
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Live from Brooklyn: Canine Improv
The play I was watching was just 10 minutes in when a black Labrador jumped up next to me and settled in for a nap. This was going to be no ordinary theater experience. I was at JACK, a performing-arts space in Brooklyn, N.Y., to see Comfort Dogs: Live from the Pink House, the latest experimental play written and directed by William Burke. The Labrador, Gypsy, along with mixed-breed pups Bronco...
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Comfort Dogs at Funeral Homes
Funeral directors are starting to see the benefit of animals at work.
Therapy dogs have become common visitors at hospitals, college campuses, and nursing homes, but now these pups are adding a new workplace to the list--funeral homes. Dogs have the ability to lighten the mood at wakes and funeral services, which can run the emotional gamut. Having a pet present can make the room feel more homey and comfortable, or even simply give people something else to focus...
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DNA Testing for Breed Bans
NYC co-op tightens their pet policy in a questionable way.
Unfortunately breed bans are popping up everywhere, from apartment buildings to entire cities. But one Manhattan luxury co-op is taking their restriction to the next level. The Upper West Side building put a new rule in place that requires residents to prove that their pet is not one of the co-op's 27 banned breeds. Going forward, a veterinarian must sign off on every dog's pedigree. For mixed...
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Courtroom Dogs in New York
New York City expands its courtroom therapy dog program to adults.
Testifying against an abuser is an experience that can run the gamut of emotions--from deep anger to paralyzing fear. Recognizing how intimidating this process can be, New York began allowing dogs in the courtroom in 2011 to support children on a case-by-case basis. The program has been successful and this week marked the first time that a dog was allowed to accompany an adult in a New York City...
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Dog Lunges in Front of Bus
Seeing eye dog jumps in front of a moving vehicle to protect his owner.
Service dogs are everyday heroes, dedicating themselves to helping people live as normal a life as possible. But Figo, a seeing eye dog from Brewster Village, New York, went above and beyond the call of duty this week. On Monday, Audrey Stone and Figo were crossing the street when the driver of a mini bus failed to see the pair. With no signs of the bus stopping, the Golden Retriever threw...
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Teen Advocates for Heartworm Disease Awareness
Conn. teen is raising money for shelters and awareness for a potentially fatal disease.
When teenager Annie Blumenfeld adopted her dog, Teddy, from a kill animal shelter in 2012, she was inspired to do more to help homeless pets.  Annie is a talented artist and has since raised almost $40,000 through her charity, Wags 4 Hope, by painting pictures of her donors' animals. Required donations vary from $30-45, depending on the number of pets in the piece, but 100 percent of the money...
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Dogs Spreading Lawn Chemicals
Study finds that pets can track potentially harmful herbicides inside the house.
When I treat my lawn with herbicides, I usually keep my dogs off of the grass for a couple of days. But a new study has me rethinking my use of chemicals in the yard all together. A study at Purdue University has found that dogs can pick up garden and lawn chemicals, contaminate themselves, and transfer the herbicides to people. Some of these chemicals have been associated with an increase in...
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Enabling Dogs to Take Photos
Nikon designs a heart rate triggered camera for canines.
You Tube is filled with "dogs eye view" videos, where energetic canines run around with GoPros strapped to their bodies. But what would our pups capture if they could take still pictures? Nikon decided to find out by figuring out a way to let a Border Collie become a "pho-dog-rapher." Nikon's Heartography experiment didn't start specifically with dogs in mind, they simply wanted to translate...
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Childhood Relationships with Pets
Study finds that some kids confide in their dogs more than their human siblings.
Anyone who grew up with animals knows that you develop a special relationship with your pets. For me, my cat was a willing (although sometimes not so willing!) playmate in all my games of make believe. But the child-animal bond may be even more significant than we realized. A new study out of the University of Cambridge found that, not only do these relationships have an impact on positive...

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