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Evolution of Barking
Study finds humans responsible for barking
Since I share a home with two Shetland Sheepdogs, barking is a part of my everyday life. While I enjoy hearing all the funny noises my pets make, barking can have serious consequences: It is one of the behavior problems that lands dogs in shelters. Ironically, humans may be responsible for the very barking we complain about. Csaba Molnar, a former ethologist at Eotvos Lorand University, has...
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New Recognition for Therapy Dogs
AKC titling program acknowledges pups in the community
This week, the American Kennel Club started a new program to acknowledge therapy dogs. Now pups and their handlers can earn their AKC Therapy Dog title by documenting 50 visits to facilities such as schools, hospitals and nursing homes. The recognition is open to all AKC registered dogs, both pure and mixed breed. To be clear, the AKC program doesn't certify therapy dogs, teams must be...
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Aussie Lab Weighs in at 187 Pounds
Rescued pup became obese from a junk food diet
At 187 pounds, Samson, a recently rescued Black Labrador in Australia, is easily the most obese dog in the country. Unsurprisingly, Samson is showing signs of high blood pressure, a common side effect of packing on the extra pounds. Making matters worse, Samson can't even safely exercise until he looses some weight. Samson got to his current state because his previous family fed him a diet of...
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A Lucky Pup Gets Four New Legs [Video]
New prosthetics give dogs a normal life
Dogs are amazing creatures who are able to live in the moment and adapt to anything that comes their way. I've met dogs missing one or two legs who barely seem to notice that they are different from the other pups. We definitely have a lot to learn from the canine mindset! Recently a Red Heeler named Naki'o became the first dog to be fitted with a complete set of bionic legs. The prosthetics...
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Paralyzed Dog Saved in Joplin, Mo.
A community rallies together to help an injured pup
There are many amazing stories that came out of last month's tragedy in Joplin, Missouri, but for me, a Cocker Spaniel named Sugar and the dedicated community who came to her aid stood out in particular. Panicked by the impending tornado, Sugar escaped from the safety of her family's basement just before the storm ripped through their house. When the family emerged, the 10-year old dog was...
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New Trend: Executive Protection Canines
Security guards gone to the dogs
Harrison Prather used to train dogs for the British special forces and the Navy Seal Team 6, but a growing market led him to start Harrison K-9 Security Services to provide his talented pups to wealthy civilians. Some people come to Prather for his executive protection dogs, as he calls them, after receiving threats or after human bodyguards proved ineffective. Others simply like the...
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Studying Kids and Pet Allergies
Exposure to dogs can be beneficial for developing immune systems
I don’t currently have kids, but one of my fears is that my future children may become allergic to my dogs. Fortunately, a new study found that having pets in the house could potentially lessen the risk of developing allergies. The study, led by Ganesa Wegienka, MS, PhD, of the Department of Public Health Sciences at Henry Ford Hospital, set out to answer one of the most popular questions...
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Canine Physical Therapy
Finding a conditioning program for your pup
Last weekend, I attended a canine conditioning seminar given by Petra Ford, P.T., CCRT and Kristine A. Conway, D.V.M. of Aqua Dog Rehabilitation. I'm always interested in ways I can keep my dogs in top physical condition, particularly since I compete with them in agility. Canine physical therapy and rehabilitation has been a rapidly growing field in recent years. I think this is partly due to...
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Nazis Trained Dogs to Talk
Hitler planned to use dogs to win WW2
In recent years, canine cognition research has gotten extremely popular, but interest in how dogs think isn't exactly new. In the 1920's, German animal psychologists believed that dogs were almost as intelligent as humans, and capable of abstract thinking and communication. This school of thought even influenced Hitler in his quest to win World War II. Recent research discovered that the Nazis...
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Making Dog Theft a Felony
NY bill passed to strengthen punishment for pet thieves
Having a beloved pet stolen is one of my worst nightmares. In New York, pet thieves are typically only charged with a misdemeanor since dogs are considered property by law. The value of stolen property must exceed $1,000 to qualify as a felony larceny. Since it's hard to place a dollar value on an animal, most thefts are prosecuted as the lesser offense. Fortunately, it looks like this may be...