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Herding Elephants in Thailand
A shelter dog finds a job at Elephantstay sanctuary
With my Sheltie and a Border Collie you can probably tell that I love herding breeds. It’s so much fun to see these dogs organize sheep or cattle in a way that will never be matched by human or machine. For all the fellow working dog lovers, I had to share the story of Buddy, a cattle dog who manages quite the herd. Buddy has the job of keeping 100 elephants in line at the Elephantstay...
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Do Men Make Dogs More Reactive?
A study looks at the characteristics of reactive dogs
As pet lovers, we've always known that animals pick up on our emotions. When I first started competing in rally obedience and agility, Nemo always seemed to pick up on how nervous I was. As I gained more confidence, Nemo also looked more comfortable in the ring. But could our being male or female affect our pets? According to a new study, the sex of the person on the other end of the leash...
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Clarifying Barking Ordinances
Los Angeles city council votes to create a barking limit
Often times, I wake up during the night to the sound of my neighbor’s dog barking. Sometimes it’s accompanied by said neighbor yelling at the dog to be quiet. This almost never works, but it can be self-rewarding in the moment to the person, and unfortunately the dog. I have Shelties, so I know from personal experience! A neighboring town has a barking limit that they recently put in place (...
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Long Lasting Effects of Puppy Mills
Study shows the emotional scars of dogs from large breeding operations
In recent years, countless talk shows, news documentaries and celebrities have called attention to the inhumane conditions in puppy mills. As if this environment isn’t bad enough, a new study shows that the effects of these facilities extends far beyond the dirty kennels and rampant illness. The animal welfare organization, Best Friends Animal Society, teamed up with veterinarians, James...
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Guide Dog Runs in Track Meets
A Golden Retriever gives high schooler the chance to run
Guide dogs have a special and important job. Not only do they help people with their day-to-day tasks, these working dogs give their people the gift of independence. As a fellow runner, I was inspired by the story of Sami Stoner, the first high school athlete in Ohio to compete with a guide dog. Sami began running on her school's cross-country team in eighth grade, but by the end of that year...
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Training for Halloween
Pre-holiday prep helps dogs get comfortable in their costumes
Every year in New York City, the Tompkins Square Dog Run holds a Halloween parade and costume contest. Hundreds of dogs enter and thousands of people come to watch. This year the winning costumes were fairly tame, but in the past outfits have been over the top. As fellow blogger, Karen B. London wrote, most dogs don’t like costumes, especially complicated ones. But it can be tempting to dress up...
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Pet Ministries on the Rise
Churches are sponsoring groups for animal lovers
Dogs have become an important part of our culture and more and more places are starting to welcome and accommodate pets. It's becoming common to see hotels with dog beds, stores with water dishes out front and even car companies designing vehicles with pets in mind. Religious groups are no exception. Churches have long held blessing of the animal events and some are even inviting pets to...
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Regulations Proposed for Dog Walkers
San Francisco looks to create dog walking standards
Dog walkers are a necessity for pets in busy cities where people work long hours. I know many great walkers who are knowledgeable about canine behavior and limit the number of dogs they walk. But any dog lover in New York will tell you about the irresponsible ones who overtake the dog runs with too many pups. A bill was announced last week at the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco that...
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The Ideal Training Schedule
Study finds training less often is beneficial for learning
There's nothing more fun than training a new puppy and watching them experience everything for the first time. Since bringing Remy home, I'm always thinking about how often to train and for how long. I devote time every day for formal training. I do two to five sessions per day, usually for a few minutes at a time. I definitely find that shorter training sessions are more effective than longer...
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Invisible Dogs Promote Adoption
Meetups across the nation bring attention to rescue
Two years ago, I wrote about Improv Everywhere's stunt that sent thousands of '70s-style invisible dog leashes to the streets of New York. Now these wire leashes are being used to bring attention to the many “unseen” dogs sitting in animal shelters around the country. The movement is being spearheaded by Best Friends Animal Society and is calling for people to organize local Invisible Dog...

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