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Blog: Karen B. London
Many Dogs Bark at Passersby
A common problem that does have a solution
A lot of dogs bark out the window at everyone who goes by. In fact, this is one of the most common problems motivating people to seek the help of a canine behaviorist or dog trainer. Luckily, most dogs can be taught a more appropriate response than barking like a maniac at every passerby. Dogs tend to bark even more if we say, “Quiet!” Barking is a social, contagious behavior, so when dogs hear...
Blog: Guest Posts
Another Stop on the Underdog Railway
Q & A with Dawn Painter, who lets her fingers do the saving.
“The email that started us on this journey arrived in my in-box on December 23, with the subject line: Black Wednesday of Death in Harrodsburg, KY—Please, Help! … How could I ignore that plea?” writes Bark editor Claudia Kawczynska in her story about Kit and Holly—puppies she adopted from a Kentucky rescue last December. For those of us who volunteer or work for or support shelters and rescues,...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
First Canine Influenza Vaccine
U.S. Department of Agriculture approves protection against the contagious virus.
Lately the flu, specifically the swine variety, has been on everyone’s minds. While the H1N1 swine flu doesn’t pose much of a threat to our pets, there is a risk of contracting the H3N8 dog flu, a highly contagious respiratory illness. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it had approved the first vaccine for the canine influenza. The vaccine does not always prevent...
Blog: Karen B. London
Paula Abdul Helping People and Animals
Auction will benefit Pets and Women’s Shelters (PAWS) Program
Many women in situations of domestic violence delay leaving because they don’t want to leave their pets behind and they can’t take them with them because so few women’s shelters have the ability to house pets. There is a growing recognition that women stay in violent situations rather than leave their pets with their abusers and that bringing pets with them provides comfort and security. As a...
Blog: Guest Posts
Study Finds High Fluoride Levels in Dog Food
Linked to hormone disruption, thyroid problems and bone cancer in humans.
A new study by the Environmental Working Group in Washington D.C. found fluoride levels 2.5 times greater than permitted for human consumption in eight out of ten dog food brands tested by an independent lab. “While scientists have not determined how much fluoride is safe for dogs,” the EWC report states, “they have found that people who consume excessive fluoride often develop mottled teeth (...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
First-Ever Animal Policy & Advocacy Degree
New Humane Society University to fosters understanding of our relationships with animals.
Dogs have lived alongside humans for ages, but in many ways we know little about them. For decades our understanding of animal-human relationships has been largely limited to anecdotal stories. Institutions such as Harvard’s Canine Cognition Lab and the American Humane Endowed Chair at the University of Denver would’ve been unthinkable until just a few years ago. Recently, the possibilities for...
Blog: Karen B. London
Losing Puppies to Disease
Canine distemper strikes close to home.
Some friends recently lost two puppies to canine distemper. During the time when first one puppy, and then the second was succumbing to the disease, they were caught up in a painful swirl of grief, loss, information-seeking, medication use, and continuous attempts to comfort the puppies, their children and each other. Obviously, it is painful to lose a dog of any age, but there is a particular...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Using Technology to Solve Canine Boredom
An engineering grad student invents a way to interact with his dog remotely.
Recently I stumbled upon an iPhone controlled dog treat dispensing device built by Stephen Myers. The Biomedical Engineer PhD student created the dispenser to interact with his dog Cooper during his long grad school days.  The one-of-a-kind creation allows Stephen to monitor his pup by web cam and deliver treats from anywhere his iPhone receives service. He details how the dispenser was built on...
Blog: Guest Posts
Other People’s Dogs
The view from my desk
It wasn’t until Kip climbed onto my lap and gave me a big, up-close grin that I realized I hadn’t laughed in a while. It was the first month at my new job, working forty hours a week in a real office. I was trying to get used to this serious adult lifestyle, but, to be honest, it was freaking me out a bit. As I sat at my desk one Tuesday afternoon tapping my fingers on my keyboard, Kip moseyed...
Blog: Contests
Family Dog: Derby
Bruce Gordon with Derby, circa 1950, in front of the family home in Boston. Heather Gordon Huntington, who sent us this photo and the story behind it, says that she’d heard stories about Derby all her life—the Boxer had almost mythical status in her family.He followed her father to school, then broke into the cloakroom and ate everyone’s lunches before escaping; he was the happy recipient of her...

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