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New Trend: Executive Protection Canines
Security guards gone to the dogs
Harrison Prather used to train dogs for the British special forces and the Navy Seal Team 6, but a growing market led him to start Harrison K-9 Security Services to provide his talented pups to wealthy civilians. Some people come to Prather for his executive protection dogs, as he calls them, after receiving threats or after human bodyguards proved ineffective. Others simply like the...
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Studying Kids and Pet Allergies
Exposure to dogs can be beneficial for developing immune systems
I don’t currently have kids, but one of my fears is that my future children may become allergic to my dogs. Fortunately, a new study found that having pets in the house could potentially lessen the risk of developing allergies. The study, led by Ganesa Wegienka, MS, PhD, of the Department of Public Health Sciences at Henry Ford Hospital, set out to answer one of the most popular questions...
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Canine Physical Therapy
Finding a conditioning program for your pup
Last weekend, I attended a canine conditioning seminar given by Petra Ford, P.T., CCRT and Kristine A. Conway, D.V.M. of Aqua Dog Rehabilitation. I'm always interested in ways I can keep my dogs in top physical condition, particularly since I compete with them in agility. Canine physical therapy and rehabilitation has been a rapidly growing field in recent years. I think this is partly due to...
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Nazis Trained Dogs to Talk
Hitler planned to use dogs to win WW2
In recent years, canine cognition research has gotten extremely popular, but interest in how dogs think isn't exactly new. In the 1920's, German animal psychologists believed that dogs were almost as intelligent as humans, and capable of abstract thinking and communication. This school of thought even influenced Hitler in his quest to win World War II. Recent research discovered that the Nazis...
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Making Dog Theft a Felony
NY bill passed to strengthen punishment for pet thieves
Having a beloved pet stolen is one of my worst nightmares. In New York, pet thieves are typically only charged with a misdemeanor since dogs are considered property by law. The value of stolen property must exceed $1,000 to qualify as a felony larceny. Since it's hard to place a dollar value on an animal, most thefts are prosecuted as the lesser offense. Fortunately, it looks like this may be...
Wellness: Food & Nutrition
How and Why to Cook Your Dog’s Food
An interview with Barbara Laino
Home Cooked Dog Food
Like many people who’ve turned to natural pet food, Barbara Laino initially experimented with a homemade diet out of frustration. Her first dog, Aurora, developed a type of irritable bowel syndrome that didn’t respond to traditional medicine. After Laino switched her from kibble, the Alaskan Malamute’s symptoms completely disappeared, and Laino was a convert. Now, 15 years later, she is a...
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Targeted Spay/Neuter
A first-of-its-kind program zeroes in on specific neighborhoods
Shelters and rescue groups have long offered low-cost spay/neuter surgeries in hopes of making a dent on the homeless pet population. It's hard to measure the effect of these programs, but a new focused initiative is hoping to increase the impact. Last month the ASPCA launched a first-of-its-kind program that uses a geographic information system to focus on New York City neighborhoods with...
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Panhandling Dogs
Cruelty suspected outside of NY baseball stadiums
Working in Manhattan, I see a number of homeless people sitting on the sidewalk asking for money. One man I see regularly uses a cat and a dog to encourage passing people to hand over their change. The animals are not on leash, but seem to be trained to sit in their assigned spots. However, every time I see them, I worry that the animals might get startled and dart into the busy city street....
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Canine Meals Straight From the Farm
NYC boasts the first CSA dog food
Chelsea Market is one of my favorite foodie places in Manhattan. New York City may seem like an unlikely place to get food fresh from the farm, but tourists and locals flock to Chelsea Market to find gourmet treats and wholesome food. Now dogs can enjoy healthy food from Chelsea Market too. Farm to Bowl is a collaboration between Stacy Alldredge, a certified canine nutritionist, and Jake Dick...
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Biking with Dogs
Get some exercise with your pup in tow
As gas prices continue to rise, many more people are discovering the joys of riding a bike. It's a green form of transportation and great exercise. So it's only natural that people would want to include their dogs on rides. This Sunday, New York City's Direct Action Environmental Organization Time's Up! is hosting their fourth annual Doggie Pedal Parade in Manhattan's Washington Square Park....

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