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Dogs Sniff Poop for Environmental Studies
Biologists train rescue pups to help in wildlife surveys
Whether we like it or not, dogs seem to have an uncanny ability to seek out animal droppings. My Sheltie’s favorite is the goose waste left behind at the lakeside path we run on. Believe it or not, this natural affinity for poop seeking is now being harnessed to help in scientific studies. Biologists at the University of California Berkley have trained dogs to detect animal droppings in order to...
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Would You Eat Your Dog’s Food for a Month?
Evermore Pet Food founders live on their canine cuisine during the month of March
Have you ever tried your dog’s food? Despite the human grade ingredients in my dogs’ kibble, it still doesn’t look very appetizing to me (though they go crazy for the stuff).  Two New Yorkers, Hanna Mandelbaum and Alison Wiener, were tired of feeding their dogs unappetizing kibble, so a year ago they founded Evermore Pet Food.   Hanna and Alison believe so much in their product that for the month...
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Policy Brings Awareness to Overpopulation
NYC apartment building requires pets to be neutered
Many people are surprised to find that New York City, despite the miles of asphalt, is actually pretty dog friendly. Walk down any street and you’re bound to see someone out with their pup. Trendy pet stores seem to be a prerequisite for every neighborhood and there are almost 30 fenced dog runs on the 23 square mile island of Manhattan. Someitmes it seems as if everyone in New York is an animal...
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Your Medicine Cabinet Could Be Deadly
A doctor learns the hard way not to mix human and canine drugs
  A few weeks ago Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein wrote in the New York Times about almost killing her dog Dexter. Fortunately the German Shepherd is on the path to recovery now, but not before going through a harrowing ordeal. And one that could have been easily prevented. In December, after a romp in Central Park, Dexter came home with a limp in his arthritic leg. In an effort to save money and a trip...
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Dog Sports Increasing in Popularity
AKC entries are at a record high
  Recently an accomplished dog trainer told me that the future of dog sports will evolve through increased accessibility. As pets become a greater part of the family, more people are bringing their dogs to training classes and exploring activities that they can do together.  Organizations like the American Kennel Club have realized this trend and have made changes to make their activities more...
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Comforting Kids in the Courtroom
Working canines help children called to testify
The courtroom is a stressful environment for all people, especially children. Testifying against a scary adult can be terrifying, causing many kids to shut down.  In an effort to help, programs across the country have started using dogs to provide comfort and support to people in court. The Canine Advocacy Program (CAP) in Michigan is the latest program to join others in Washington, California,...
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Persistent Pup Comes Home Five Years Later
Shih Tzu found his way home after his family moved four times
From time to time you hear about a loyal dog--lost on vacation or during a move--who walks hundreds of miles to find their family. Last week, Myrna Carillo’s Shih Tzu, Prince, showed up on her doorstep five years after she lost him.   While Prince may not have traveled as far as some of those other dogs, the little Shih Tzu tirelessly looked for Myrna after several major life changes. In the...
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Hip Replacements on the Rise
More dogs are getting surgery so they can run and jump again
Earlier this week I was reading the New York Times and was surprised to see a friend’s Pug, Lily, featured in an article about canine hip-replacement surgery. I’ve seen Lily run in agility many times and had no idea--clearly a testament to the success of hip-replacement surgery in dogs. Hip-replacement surgery has been performed on large dogs for decades, but in 2005, micro-hip replacements were...
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Healing Power of Dogs
More health care professionals are bringing their pets to work
Any dog lover knows the unique ability our pets have to cheer us up when we’re not feeling well. As a pet therapy team, Nemo and I have seen firsthand the power of pets to cheer people up at the hospital, often a very depressing place. And it seems that health care professionals are catching on. The Wall Street Journal reports that a growing number of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers...
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Canine Behavior Database
C-BARQ provides data for valuable research
Recently, I attended a presentation of Parvene Farhoody’s research on the physical and behavioral effects of spaying and neutering, which is currently being prepared for publication. There were a lot of interesting findings that I can’t share until they’re published (I promise to do so when they are!), but I did learn about an important database. Parvene’s research was based on analysis of data...

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