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Blog: JoAnna Lou
Olympic Dogs
Working pups on the sidelines help make the games safe
I’m still hoping that agility will one day join the equestrian events at the Olympics. But, as it turns out, there are many dogs currently in Vancouver, playing an even more important role at the games.    A group of American and Canadian canines and handlers are in Vancouver, ready to assist in rescue efforts should there be an avalanche during the competition.  Being an avalanche rescue team...
Blog: Karen B. London
Suspect Tells Police Dog To Sit
Man ends up in jail
When a Gainesville man was pulled over for playing his car stereo excessively loud, his reaction was to act out, yell profanities, and generally disrespect the police officers. When officers brought a drug-sniffing police dog to the scene, the man continued to behave badly. Specifically, he gave commands such as “sit” to the police dog, which is considered interfering with a working police animal...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Providing for War Dogs
Deployed military pups face a shortage of rations.
Military canines in the United States date back to the First World War  Now America has the largest fleet of working dogs in the world with over 2,800 military pups. Over 600 of those dogs are currently deployed in the Middle East, where their handlers face a tough predicament when it comes to the animals’ care.  The recent increase in troops sent to Afghanistan has led to a surge in military...
Blog: Guest Posts
SAR Dogs in Haiti: Update
Border Collie finds three girls buried alive in rubble
[Editor’s Note: Earlier this week, JoAnna Lou blogged about the amazing work of search-and-rescue dogs and handlers in Haiti. Today, Lisa Wade McCormick followed up with a story about how one dog rescued a few young earthquake victims in a story she wrote for ConsumerAffairs.com—a portion of which is reprinted here.]   Amid the sorrow and despair in the aftermath of Tuesday’s deadly earthquake in...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
SAR Dogs in Haiti
Canines from around the world arrive to help the rescue efforts
Over the last week, search and rescue teams have come to Haiti from around the world to help find the thousands of survivors trapped in the rubble. It always amazes me that, with all the technology we have today, dogs are still the best at navigating disaster areas and locating humans.  The search and rescue canines that’ve congregated in the disaster area come from all walks of the earth. ...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Scent Lineups
Properly harnessing the power of the canine nose
Police have long relied on dogs to uncover illegal drugs, negotiate disaster areas, and find fugitives on the run. More recently, law enforcement officials have started to use canine scent lineups where dogs choose a suspect’s smell out of a group of people. The dogs are given the target scent from items found at the crime scene and then walked by a lineup of containers that contain scent swabs...
Blog: Guest Posts
Life with an Autism Service Dog
Part V: Pup-Peronies, fan clubs and channeling Temple Grandin
[Below are three excerpts from Michelle O’Neil’s blog about her daughter Riley’s autism service dog.]   Give That Dog A Treat! Riley is not allowed to go on the Internet without permission. Period. Today she did it, and I had to follow through with consequences, banning her from the computer for 24 hours. She pitched a very big fit, screaming and stomping all the way up to her room. Jingle...
Blog: Karen B. London
There’s A Dog at School Full Time
His job is drug enforcement
There’s a new staff member at school, and he works cheap! Raidin is a five-year-old Belgian Malinois and he was taught to detect four basic smells at Kingman High School: marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Like many dogs, his training is about finding specific substances rather than apprehending and subduing suspects. His searches are usually in buildings, vehicles and parking lots,...
Dog's Life: Work of Dogs
Service Dogs for Diabetics
Hypoglycemia-detecting canines provide a safety net
Destiny, a small black Retriever, insistently nudged Breanne, her person, who was sleeping soundly. Over and over, she pushed her warm snout into Breanne’s face, finally jolting her into wakefulness with bristly whiskers and a wet tongue. Breanne has Type 1 diabetes, and Destiny alerted her to the fact that her blood sugar levels were plummeting into dangerous territory. This special pup...
Dog's Life: Work of Dogs
Dogs Sniff Out Whale Scat
Scientists enlist detection dogs in their quest to learn more about whales
Perched on the bow of a small boat racing across Puget Sound, Tucker can catch the scent of killer whale scat from as far away as a nautical mile. When he whiffs the slightly salmony smell, the 60-pound Lab leans hard over the bow, so hard that his handler must hang on with all his might to keep him from toppling overboard. The captain points the boat the direction of Tucker’s black nose.  ...

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