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Puppy Savvy: The Pocket Guide to Raising Your Dog Without Going Bonkers
Very Fetching, 2012, 180 pp; $16.99
I’d like to see Barbara Shumannfang’s book Puppy Savvy: The Pocket Guide to Raising Your Dog Without Going Bonkers in the hands of more people with new puppies. It’s upbeat and full of practical wisdom conveyed in an easy-to-read conversational style. Shumannfang understands normal puppy behavior and offers smart advice for helping puppies behave appropriately in human houses. She focuses on...
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Behavioral Predictors of Adoption
What dogs do influences potential adopters
We know that millions of shelter pets are available for adoption each year, but that many are never selected. Most previous research into the choices that people make about which dog to adopt has focused on what the dog looks like and the dog’s behavior in the kennel. The recent study “Adopter-dog interactions at the shelter: Behavioral and contextual predictors of adoption” investigated whether...
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Attention Changes With Age
Dogs and humans follow similar path
If you think that your dog has changed in his tendency to pay attention to you over time, you are probably right. A new study is the first to describe the developmental changes in dogs’ attention over their entire life. In the study “Lifespan development of attentiveness in domestic dogs: drawing parallels with humans”, scientists studied 145 Border Collies from the ages of 6 months to almost 14...
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Life With Dogs Is Not Glamorous
We all have stories to prove it
The chain of events that led to the dog peeing on me in the middle of the night began with my children’s homework. It was an interesting and worthwhile assignment, which offers me some consolation. I hate to be peed on for no good reason! The kids were tasked with investigating leaks in our house and making some calculations about how much water was being wasted. They had to check the water...
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What They Might Think During Departures
Putting words into the minds of dogs
As we drove away and saw Marley’s face in the window, watching us drive away, my son said, “I’ll bet he’s thinking, “Please come back! Why are you leaving me?” His woebegone expression did match the words my son had chosen for him. We began to discuss how different individuals react to the same situations in different ways and express themselves in unique ways, too, and why shouldn’t that apply...
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Death By Choke Collar
Puppy died at a training center
Gracie, a 6-month old Boxer-Great Dane mix, died when her choke collar got tangled while playing with another dog at a training center. By the time the staff intervened by cutting the collar off with wire cutters and administering CPR, she was too far gone. The Humane Society of the United States says that it is best for your dog if you avoid using one and I agree. Choke collars function by...
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Dog Helps Elderly Man With Alzheimer’s
Speech returns in presence of dog
The man in this video has Alzhemier’s, and according to the daughter who posted it, he has lost almost all of his speech. However, when he is with the dog, he talks in a clear voice and makes perfect sense. It’s not clear why his speech abilities return in the presence of the dog, but it’s well known that dogs are helpful to people with dementia. The benefits go beyond the usual health benefits...
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Baby Named After Dog Who Saved Her Life
Jade found the abandoned baby in a park
When Jade the German Shepherd sprinted into the bushes during a walk, lay down and refused to return to her guardian, her behavior was literally life-saving. When Roger Wilday came over to his dog, he discovered that Jade was lying next to an abandoned newborn baby. According to doctors, she would not have survived more than a couple of hours longer on her own. The baby, who hospital workers...
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Dog Waits Outside Hospital For 8 Days
Reunion with homeless guardian worth it
Lauri da Costa, a homeless man in Brazil who stumbled to the hospital after being hit in the face by a rock, has a priceless friend in his dog Seco. When da Costa went inside the hospital, neither he nor his dog could have known that it would be more than a week before he came out again. Luckily, the injuries from the attack were not incredibly serious. However, during the exam, doctors...
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Dogs Comfort in Boston
Therapy dogs attend marathon festivities
After the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon, therapy dogs from the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministries were there within 24 hours. The group consists of 70 therapy dogs (all Golden Retrievers) from 10 states. Small groups of the dogs visit churches, schools, hospitals and disaster areas, offering the soothing, healing presence that only dogs can provide. Many survivors and...

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