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Pet Ministries on the Rise
Churches are sponsoring groups for animal lovers
Dogs have become an important part of our culture and more and more places are starting to welcome and accommodate pets. It's becoming common to see hotels with dog beds, stores with water dishes out front and even car companies designing vehicles with pets in mind. Religious groups are no exception. Churches have long held blessing of the animal events and some are even inviting pets to...
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Regulations Proposed for Dog Walkers
San Francisco looks to create dog walking standards
Dog walkers are a necessity for pets in busy cities where people work long hours. I know many great walkers who are knowledgeable about canine behavior and limit the number of dogs they walk. But any dog lover in New York will tell you about the irresponsible ones who overtake the dog runs with too many pups. A bill was announced last week at the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco that...
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The Ideal Training Schedule
Study finds training less often is beneficial for learning
There's nothing more fun than training a new puppy and watching them experience everything for the first time. Since bringing Remy home, I'm always thinking about how often to train and for how long. I devote time every day for formal training. I do two to five sessions per day, usually for a few minutes at a time. I definitely find that shorter training sessions are more effective than longer...
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Invisible Dogs Promote Adoption
Meetups across the nation bring attention to rescue
Two years ago, I wrote about Improv Everywhere's stunt that sent thousands of '70s-style invisible dog leashes to the streets of New York. Now these wire leashes are being used to bring attention to the many “unseen” dogs sitting in animal shelters around the country. The movement is being spearheaded by Best Friends Animal Society and is calling for people to organize local Invisible Dog...
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Does Your Dog Need a Flu Shot?
The facts about canine influenza
As the weather gets cooler, it's just about flu shot time—for the humans anyway. I never get the canine influenza shot for my furry crew, but an outbreak at a local shelter had me rethinking my decision. Adoptions have been suspended at the Bergen County Animal Shelter in New Jersey while they battle a flu outbreak. Generally the virus isn't serious, if caught early, but it can cause...
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First Commercial for Dogs
Purina releases an ad designed for pets
Sometimes my dogs look at the television, but I'm not sure if they're actually watching. I haven't seen any connection to a particular image or sound. I think they just notice the movement on the screen and have learned to ignore the noise. I thought that might change when I heard that Purina released what they're calling the first-ever television commercial designed for both dogs and humans....
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The Future of the ID Tag
GPS lets you track your pet's location
Companies are always trying to improve on the good old identification tag. I've seen USB memory stick tags, Quick Response (QR) codes tags, and now GPS units that attach to collars. GPS technology for collars typically sends a text or email notificaiton when your pet leaves home and gives you the ability to track your dog on a map using a computer or cell phone. Having a GPS unit on your dog'...
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Transporting Dogs from Overpopulated States
Shelters fill empty kennels with Southern pups
For years, local shelters in the Northeast have been bringing homeless dogs up from the South for a shot at adoption. When I first found out about these rescue missions, it seemed like a waste of resources when there are so many homeless pets right here in New York. But, as it turns out, many Northeastern shelters and rescue groups have a hard time keeping up with demand for certain dogs. So...
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Should Vets Promote ID Tags?
Vets and shelters have a positive influence on tag usage
My dogs have microchips and identification tags, but I often take their collars off when they're in the house. I had one of my dogs' collars get caught on a piece of furniture, so I do it as a safety precaution. However, this could be a problem if one of my dogs escaped from my house. The Journal of the American Veterinary Association reports that fewer than half of lost dogs were wearing tags...
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Best X-Rays of 2011
Vets submit their most surprising x-ray finds
One of my dogs is a master thief. Despite my best efforts to keep the house eternally “puppy proofed,” every now and then I'll find Nemo shredding a sock or sponge--or I'll find out later when it comes out the other end. Fortunately nothing has ever gotten stuck, but it's something that's always in the back of my mind. Now, Veterinary Practice News' X-ray Contest has me thinking that there...

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