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Cool-weather Tick Alert
My dog and I both enjoy the arrival of autumn. I love the cascade of warm leaf colors, and she particularly loves rooting through the newly dropped leaves, as if there must be a treat hidden in there somewhere. We’re able to take much longer walks, no longer burdened by daytime heat spikes, scorching pavement, or the constant buzz of mosquitoes. However, this time of year also brings another,...
News: Karen B. London
Impressive Physical Skills
Canine abilities that are inconvenient for humans
By the time he was six months old, my husband’s childhood dog could leap their six-foot fence. He was part Whippet, so it should come as no surprise that once he was out of the yard, it was pretty easy for him to cruise the neighborhood at speeds that made it impossible to catch him on foot or on a bike, and even a challenge by car. His physical capabilities were wondrous to behold, but also...
News: JoAnna Lou
Adopt a TSA Pup
Retired explosives detection dogs are looking for forever homes.
It has long been common practice for service dog organizations to adopt out the pups that didn't meet their high standards, but now the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is instituting a similar program to rehome explosives detection dogs. The TSA is looking for forever homes for the pups who have either retired or didn't make it through their training program. The dogs typically...
News: Karen B. London
Bites to the Face
Human behaviors that precede them
One disadvantage of being a canine behaviorist is that so many human behaviors scare me. My heart leaps into my throat all too often when I see people performing risky behaviors around dogs. From hugging dogs and picking up dogs to sticking their faces right by a dog’s face or bending over a dog, there are plenty of gasp-worthy moments. I see people performing these behaviors and want to scream...
News: JoAnna Lou
Dining with Dogs Bill Passed
N.Y. State now officially allows restaurants to welcome pets in outdoor spaces.
This week New York Governor Cuomo signed the "Dining with Dogs" bill into law, which had been sponsored by assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal. Effective immediately, the state joins the city of Los Angeles in officially allowing outdoor restaurants and bars to welcome dogs. The new law reverses an old ordinance that excluded animals from sharing outdoor space with dining humans, although judging...
News: Karen B. London
Prevention on Halloween
A common sense approach that should be more common
Of course, we all want solutions to our dogs’ behavior issues, but sometimes the best approach is to avoid the problem. There’s generally nothing to be gained by putting our dogs into situations that they cannot handle. In other words, sometimes preventing the problem in the first place is the way to go. In some areas, we as dog guardians take this for granted. It’s not unusual to put a dog in a...
News: JoAnna Lou
Courtroom Dogs Protected
Ohio court rules against a case challenging the use of therapy dogs during a trial.
Earlier this year I wrote about the expansion of the courtroom dog program in New York. These therapy dogs play an invaluable role in helping victims feel comfortable on the stand, which can be a traumatizing experience. Recently that privilege was challenged in Ohio, when a convicted sex offender argued that Avery, the Labrador-Golden Retriever mix brought in by the county prosecutor, swayed...
News: Karen B. London
Leaping in the Leaves
Dogs know how to enjoy the season
Fall is my favorite season, and I feel a special kinship with dogs who love a good autumn frolic. It is often a playful time of year. Many dogs become more energetic at this time of year because they are not wilting in the heat. Others simply love playing in the leaves. Stella is one of those dogs who have fun leaping into leaf piles, although my guess is that she finds entertaining ways to...
News: JoAnna Lou
Ivermectin Toxicity While Herding
An Austalian Shepherd is poisoned from eating the feces of a recently dewormed sheep.
Coming from a family with Shetland Sheepdogs and Border Collies, I've always avoided heartworm medication with ivermectin, a drug that some herding breed dogs are sensitive to, due to a genetic mutation. There's a simple test your veterinarian can perform to know for sure, but most of us with herding breeds just use alternate medications. So ivermectin toxicity wasn't even on Laura Liebenow's...
News: Karen B. London
Dogs and Vacuum Cleaners
Variable reactions, similar behavior
Dogs with very different feelings about vacuums can exhibit behavior that is remarkably similar. In the following three videos, all three dogs act somewhat alike, but based on subtle differences, I believe that their emotional reactions to the vacuums are very different. In the first video, the dog exhibits no discomfort around the vacuum. He moves close to it many times, offers a series of play...