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Blog: Shirley Zindler
Learning Dog Social Skills
Dogs have so much to learn from other dogs. Having worked in animal shelters for more than 25 years, I’ve seen so many dogs who were isolated and have no social skills with other dogs or people. When I bring these dogs home and introduce them to my pack, they are often terrified, aggressive or shut down. In almost every case, my smooth, easy going dogs have the newcomer feeling comfortable fairly...
Blog: Karen B. London
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...
Blog: Editors
Ikea Showcasing Shelter Dogs
Ikea promotes shelter dogs
Now here’s an innovative idea! Ikea and DDB Singapore (an advertising agency) teamed up with animal shelters in Singapore, Save Our Dogs (SOSD) and Animal Lovers League (ALL), to promote animal adoptions. Two IKEA stores feature 26 life-size cardboard cutouts of dogs available for adoption, and they are placed in prominent positions in their furniture showrooms. Each dog has a unique QR code,...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Kayaking with Dogs
Another way to enjoy the water this summer!
It's finally starting to warm up in the North East and that means the return of all the fun summer activities we've missed. Last season I did a lot of kayaking on my own, but I always hated leaving my pups at home. This year I decided to remedy my dog-less outings! For Scuttle's first kayaking experience, I chose a local outfitter's doggy trip. The short 2-hour outing was a good introduction and...
Blog: Karen B. London
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...
Blog: Editors
Creative Walking
with a dog as your muse
There was a piece in the New York Times recently that provides us with yet another reason why living with dogs is so good for us. Gretchen Reynolds, their Phys Ed columnist, reviewed a current study that show how wonderful walking is to our creative process—a form of exercise that all dog people can relate to (at least 2 to 3 times/day). The salubrious effects of exercise, in general, have been...
Blog: Editors
Senior Love
For Brody, who is 72 years old, her adoption of a puppy was something that she put a lot of thought into. Her first column (a must-read one) about young Max generated more reader comments than anything she had written before—and she has been writing this column since 1976! Many of the comments came from older people who had adopted dogs, and one, from a retired judge, was especially poignant: “At...
Blog: Guest Posts
A Proposal to Stop Breeding Dogs
On the whole, human breeders have not improved on nature.
On a flight last year, I sat next to a woman from India on her way to London from New York, where she had been visiting her first grandchild When she heard I wrote about dogs, she turned her attention to the one aspect of her daughter and son-in-law’s life she could not understand—their dog. On her walks around Central Park with the dog and her granddaughter, the dog drew the most attention and...
Blog: Guest Posts
Adventure Pups: Life with an African Street Dog
Bringing Olive Home
Chauncy dog’s fox-red fur adds a touch of warmth to his owner’s New York apartment. In the winter he wears sweaters to keep him warm; African dogs aren’t used to New England winters.  On the other side of the world, Boon is exploring the sights and smells of Mumbai, his pointed ears and basenji-inspired form blends in well with the local Indian breeds. Chauncy and Boon have travelled a long way...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Officer Plucks Pup From Calif. Freeway
Lucky Chihuahua is saved after being abandoned on the highway
A highway during rush hour is the last place any of us wants to be. But on Friday, that's exactly where a tiny Chihuahua found herself abandoned--on a I-680 freeway divider outside of San Francisco during commuting time. Fortunately, California Highway Patrol officer, Alex Edmon, spotted the terrified pup and coaxed her to safety using a protein bar. Freeway, as Alex named her, was still shaking...

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