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How to Help Pets in Japan
Many organizations are taking donations to help dogs in need
Over the past week, I've been glued to the news watching the unbelievable devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The Japanese are known for how much they love their dogs, and I've seen many heartbreaking images of people evacuating with their pets tucked under their arm. The evacuation shelters appear to be pet friendly because I've seen many photos of people with their dogs...
News: JoAnna Lou
Cast Your Vote in the Canis Film Festival
Karen Pryor hosts a video contest promoting positive dog training
2011 marks the third Canis Film Festival hosted by Karen Pryor Clickertraining. The contest is designed to showcase short videos promoting training using positive methods.  The Canis Film Festival encourages entries to demonstrate not only the amazing end behavior, but also the process and methods used to achieve the final result. Other criteria include innovation (in the end behavior and the...
News: Karen B. London
Can Dogs Be Valentines?
Celebrating love with other species
  Late last week I was among those who received an e-mail from a friend of mine titled “Anybody wanna be Marley’s Valentine?” That was her way of selling the request for someone to walk her dog during the middle of the day today since she had to be away from the house for too long.   She went on to say that Marley is actually her Valentine, but that she has accepted that she is not the only love...
News: Karen B. London
Colorectal Cancer Detection
A dog’s nose knows
In a new study called “Colorectal cancer screening with odour material by canine scent detection” published last week in GUT: An International Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, researchers document a dog’s ability to detect colorectal cancer. Dogs have previously been shown to be effective at detecting lung, skin, breast and ovarian cancers.   In this study, a single dog was tested for...
News: JoAnna Lou
Dog Sports Increasing in Popularity
AKC entries are at a record high
  Recently an accomplished dog trainer told me that the future of dog sports will evolve through increased accessibility. As pets become a greater part of the family, more people are bringing their dogs to training classes and exploring activities that they can do together.  Organizations like the American Kennel Club have realized this trend and have made changes to make their activities more...
News: Karen B. London
Some Dogs Love Guys
What is it about them?
  Some dogs seem to adore men. They may be very fond of women and perfectly responsive to them, but an extra level of joy comes to them when interacting with men. We’ve probably all met dogs like this—they just love guys, especially guys who pay attention to them at all. No matter how many great women are in their lives and how wonderful their relationships might be with these females, there’s...
News: JoAnna Lou
Persistent Pup Comes Home Five Years Later
Shih Tzu found his way home after his family moved four times
From time to time you hear about a loyal dog--lost on vacation or during a move--who walks hundreds of miles to find their family. Last week, Myrna Carillo’s Shih Tzu, Prince, showed up on her doorstep five years after she lost him.   While Prince may not have traveled as far as some of those other dogs, the little Shih Tzu tirelessly looked for Myrna after several major life changes. In the...
News: JoAnna Lou
Hip Replacements on the Rise
More dogs are getting surgery so they can run and jump again
Earlier this week I was reading the New York Times and was surprised to see a friend’s Pug, Lily, featured in an article about canine hip-replacement surgery. I’ve seen Lily run in agility many times and had no idea--clearly a testament to the success of hip-replacement surgery in dogs. Hip-replacement surgery has been performed on large dogs for decades, but in 2005, micro-hip replacements were...
News: Karen B. London
Does Tail Length Matter?
Robot dog helps answer this question
  Dogs communicate with their tails in ways that are more complex than people thought even a few years ago, and new studies continue to reveal more about the information that tails convey. Many people have wondered whether dogs with docked tails or naturally short tails are less able to communicate than dogs whose tails are long and have not been docked.   In a recent study called “Behavioural...
News: JoAnna Lou
Herding Dogs in Modern Life
Today’s Border Collies herd rented sheep and compete at herding trials
In the past couple months, I’ve been doing a lot of research about Border Collie breeders in preparation for adding a new dog to our family.  I’m always in awe of a good herding dog‘s instinct.  While technology has replaced animals in many jobs (think horse drawn carriages), Border Collies remain the best way to manage livestock.  In my puppy search, I recently discovered the world of...

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