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Sharing Microbes
Study looks at the microbial connection we have with our pets
New research from the University of Colorado Boulder shows that we are more connected to our dogs than we think! The study published earlier this month looked at microbes and the ways they're transferred between family members, both human and canine. Previous research suggests that microbe sharing is linked to living together, but studies have only looked at humans. Professor Rob Knight, the...
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Housebreaking Human Babies
Parents take a page from potty training dogs
Housebreaking is by far the most popular dog training question I get asked. Many consider it the most important skill for a puppy to learn since so many dogs are abandoned over problems in this area. While housebreaking requires patience and a lot of consistency, it's really quite simple to teach. And most dog lovers will say that walking their pup is much better than having to clean a litter box...
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Wheelchair for a Tiny Pup
Bollman Tech students help a Chihuahua to run
Last July a Chihuahua named BeeBee was born without any shoulder blades, making it difficult to walk. This caused BeeBee to get picked on by other dogs at home, so Denise Steininger brought the puppy with her to work at a local nursing home. BeeBee may have been there for her own good, but the Chihuahua was soon bringing joy and inspiration to all the residents at the Life at Alpine Living Center...
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Swept Away at the Beach
Experts say not to jump in after dogs in the ocean
Although none of us are big on swimming, my dogs and I love running around on the beach. There's something about the cool breeze and sand that makes it a great natural playground.   Back in November, I read about a couple and their son who drowned trying to save their dog at Big Lagoon beach in Northern California. The dog was chasing a thrown stick and was sucked into the ocean by a massive...
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Gym for People and Pups
Chicago club holds exercise classes for dog lovers
I've made many exercise pacts with friends over the years and all of them eventually succumbed to busy schedules and sheer laziness. But I have two exercise partners who are always up for a run or hike—my dogs Scuttle and Nemo. After I was coming off of an injury that left me sidelined for months, Nemo was the one who started running with me again, a little at a time. It didn't matter if I had...
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Socializing Puppies
Study looks at parvo risk for young dogs in socialization classes
When I get a new puppy, my main focus is on introducing them to as many dogs, people, and environments as I can. Puppies that are not socialized during the first three months of life are more likely to be fearful and possibly aggressive later in life. Socialization is clearly important, but I always meet people who think they have to wait until their puppies receive their final vaccines at four...
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Rocky to the Rescue
Lab mix saves a girl from icy waters
Adam Shaw and his Labrador Retriever-Husky mix, Rocky, were walking by the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton, Canada last weekend when they heard two screaming girls. The young sisters, Krymzen and Samara, were playing on a sled and ended up on thin ice. When they tried to get back on land, the ice broke and the girls ended up in the freezing cold water. A father himself, Adam raced down to...
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Finding Maddox
CA woman embarks on a mission to find her lost dog
Fortunately I've never had a missing pet, but just the thought of not knowing where my dogs are makes me feel a little bit panicked. Jackie Vestal's Minature Pincher, Maddox, has been missing since Christmas Eve and she's been on a desperate search for the 7-year old pup ever since. The Los Angeles woman rarely left home without Maddox, but she had to leave him with a friend in Oklahoma City...
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Understanding the Human Mind
Study looks at whether dogs understand our point of view
My Sheltie, Nemo, is a master food thief. He seems to wait for the perfect moment to make his move. Given how successful Nemo is, I think he's learned to read me very well over the years. But can dogs really understand what's going through our head? Most pet lovers, including myself, would say yes. Dr. Juliane Kaminski of the University of Portsmouth decided to explore this question. Her latest...
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Pope Blesses Guide Dog
An Italian reporter has a special day at the Vatican
I love that Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose a name inspired by Saint Francis of Assisi, a monk famously known for his kindness to animals. Since being elected one week ago, Pope Francis has already had an opportunity to show a little canine admiration. When Italian radio journalist, Alessandro Forlani, showed up with his guide dog, Asià, to cover one of the Pope's first addresses to the media,...

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