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Dog Training by Computer
Researchers explore the possibilities of canine-computer interactions.
Anyone who has trained a dog knows the importance of speed and consistency when it comes to rewarding desired behaviors. But we're humans, and we're not perfect. Can a computer make up for our shortcomings? North Carolina State University researchers have developed a customized suite of technologies that allows a computer to train a dog by responding to their body language. The team designed a...
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Mandatory Airport Potty Areas for Dogs
Transportation hubs add pet relief areas ahead of the August deadline.
Thanks to a federal regulation, all airports in the United States that service over 10,000 passengers per year will have a pet relief area in every terminal by this August. Many transportation hubs have added potty spaces in the last few years, but the looming deadline means many shiny new relief areas are popping up all over the country in 2016. A major upgrade was recently unveiled at my local...
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Swedish Restaurants Add Canine Menu
The Avenyfamiljen group creates special entrees for their furry customers.
Now that it's spring time in New York, I know I'll be seeing many dogs sitting by their families on outdoor restaurant patios. When I go with one of my pups, I'll give them a few bites from my dish or a roll from the bread basket. Many eateries welcome pets here, but only a few offer items specifically for them. Several countries outside of the United States allow restaurants to be even more...
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Dogs and Senior Adults
Study shows the importance of the human canine bond.
Dog lovers well know the importance of the human canine bond, but continued studies in this area are important for providing data that supports pet friendly privileges and legislation. Researchers at the University of Missouri recently completed a study that showed evidence for the association between dog walking and physical health in senior adults by analyzing data from the National Institute...
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Service Dogs Help Invictus Games Athletes
These pups support their people on and off the 'field.'
Invictus Games athletes take a break with their service dogs in the pool.
Earlier this month, the second Invictus Games began in Orlando, Florida, an international event where wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and veterans compete in various sports. The Games were created two years ago by Britain's Prince Harry and was named after the Latin word for “Unconquered, Undefeated.” Many of the athletes can be seen at the Games with service dogs by their side...
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Increase in Attacks on Guide Dogs
Service dogs' faithfulness can also make them vulnerable.
Service dogs spend their days dedicated to their people, so intensely focused on their every need. This faithfulness also makes them especially vulnerable. A study recently published in the journal Veterinary Record found that the number of reported dog attacks on guide dogs in the United Kingdom has risen significantly in the past few years. A total of 629 attacks were reported between 2010 and...
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Evacuating Dogs on a Plane
WestJet allows dogs to sit in the cabin while transporting displaced Fort McMurray residents.
As wildfires spread in Fort McMurray, Canada, about 88,000 people have left the area after a mandatory evacuation. Calgary based airline WestJet played a key role in getting evacuees out of the oil sands community, running about 70 flights in and out over the last two days. Their participation is part of an existing relationship with Suncor and Shell, so it had the benefit of being privately...
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Pets and Homeless Youth
Study finds both benefits and challenges for homeless youth and their dogs.
There's no question that having a dog in your life has many benefits. And it's been confirmed again in a new study that looked at homeless youth and their pets. Researchers from Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) found that young people with animals are less likely to engage in potentially harmful behavior, like alcohol abuse and hard drug use, because they don't want to be separated from their...
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How Much is a Dog Worth?
The Supreme Court of Georgia will soon decide if pets are worth more than their 'market value."
Our pets are cherished family members who share our bed, accompany us on walks, and cheer us up when we're sad. But in the eyes of the law, animals are pretty much considered property. This distinction will soon be up for debate in Georgia. Back in 2012, Bob and Elizabeth Monyak boarded their two dogs at Atlanta kennel Barking Hound Village while they were on a family vacation in France. When...
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Pawternity Leave
More companies are providing time off for new U.K. pet parents.
A new benefit is joining maternity and paternity leave, and it has to do with kids of the four legged variety. According to pet insurance provider, Petplan, nearly one in 20 new pet owners in the United Kingdom have been offered time off to care for furry family members. Dubbed pawternity leave, this perk ranges from a few hours to up to three weeks of paid time off. Mars Petcare was one of...

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