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The Familiar Sounds of Barking
Study finds that we’re born with a natural ability to understand dogs.
An important part of being a dog lover is learning to understand canine body language. Personally, I attribute my knowledge to my pups, a perfect teaching team. But it turns out that we may be born understanding more than we think.  A new study published in the July issue of Developmental Psychology found that 6-month-old babies could match the sound of an aggressive bark with a picture of an...
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Replicating Superstar Working Dogs
Korean Customs Service clones drug-sniffing canines.
The Korean Customs Service has long bred and trained their own drug sniffing canines to work at airports throughout the country, but it has proved to be a costly endeavor. Typically only 10-15 percent of puppies even pass the behavior test just to qualify to begin training. Of those dogs, only 30 percent graduate from the program, an investment of over $40,000 per pup, an expensive operation that...
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Neutering Dogs with Shoes
ZAPP sells footwear on eBay to help strays in Mexico.
I’m never one to miss a shoe sale and recently I discovered footwear bargains that help out a great cause. In San Felipe, Mexico, 92 percent of the area’s animals live on the street. For years, euthanasia by electrocution has been the method of choice to control the overwhelming population of 15,000-20,000 stray dogs. Realizing that euthanasia would not solve the root of the overpopulation...
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Animal Health Is A Booming Business
Pharmaceutical companies vie for a piece of the growing animal health industry.
For years animal health was a mere afterthought to pharmaceutical companies. Now with slowing growth in the human health field, and the proliferation of generic drugs, these companies are looking to animal health to diversify. The sector’s predictable cash flow, high margins and brand loyalty have made animal health a much more stable business than human pharmaceuticals.  Merck and Pfizer’s...
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A New Kind of Service Dog
Puppies Behind Bars trains canines for veterans with Port Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The Wall Street Journal isn’t exactly my go-to place for dog news, but while reading the financial newspaper this month, I discovered an amazing program. Puppies Behind Bars has been working with prison inmates to raise guide dogs since 1997. Three years ago they launched Dog Tags, a program that provides service dogs to injured veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. The trained dogs...
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Pet Airways Takes Flight
The pet-only airline began service this week.
Earlier this year, I wrote about my pet travel frustrations along with anticipation over the launch of Pet Airways, a canine and feline exclusive airline. This week, their first flight took off from Republic Airport in Farmingdale, N.Y. The company has certainly struck a chord with pet lovers as their flights are already booked for the next two months. Pet Airways, however, doesn’t come without...
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Dog’s Role in Studying Human Oncology
Similarities in the two species’ DNA helps researchers.
Meningioma is one of the most common brain tumors in humans and canines. Determining the gene responsible for the disease isn’t easy. According to Science Daily, humans with this type of cancer usually lose a certain chromosome made up of almost 50 million base pairs of DNA that code for more than 500 genes. Lucky for oncology research, it turns out that dogs and humans are genetically similar,...
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Canine Art in 140 Minutes
Aimée Hoover uses Twitter-inspired portraits to promote her artwork.
With more and more companies getting on the Twitter bandwagon, dog artist, Aimée Hoover wondered how she could use the latest in social networking to promote her business. Instead of simply tweeting every now and then, she discovered an interactive and fun way to spread the word about her work and connect with fellow dog lovers. Inspired by Twitter’s 140 character limit, Aimée wondered if she...
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Apps for Dog Lovers
Teach your pup a trick or find an off leash park with your iPhone or iTouch.
As the Apple commercial suggests, there really does seem to be an “app” for just about everything. These applications can be used with the Apple iPhone or iTouch iPod. Many are even offered for free.  You can download any of these apps by going to the Apple iTunes store through your computer, iPhone, or iTouch. Here are the canine highlights that received high reviews from users. Clicker (free...
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First Canine Influenza Vaccine
U.S. Department of Agriculture approves protection against the contagious virus.
Lately the flu, specifically the swine variety, has been on everyone’s minds. While the H1N1 swine flu doesn’t pose much of a threat to our pets, there is a risk of contracting the H3N8 dog flu, a highly contagious respiratory illness. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it had approved the first vaccine for the canine influenza. The vaccine does not always prevent...

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