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Eight New Dog Training Trends
What’s new with the dog pros
Dog training is a dynamic field (although probably not as dynamic as dogs themselves), and at the annual national conference of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) in Louisville, Ky., in mid-October ’08, it was fascinating to witness the ways in which the field continues to evolve. Following are, in my opinion, some of the most notable trends in dog training, all of which figured...
Blog: Guest Posts
Safe Havens for Dogs and Cats
New shelter helps furry victims of domestic violence.
The statistics are daunting. In their lifetimes, approximately one in three women will be victims of domestic violence. And in those afflicted households with companion animals, pets often share in the violence and abuse. In fact, in a study of intentional animal abuse cases, 13 percent involved incidents of domestic violence. Up to 85 percent of women entering domestic violence shelters...
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Mastiff 1, Reporter 0
CNN's Soledad O'Brien attempts to evict family because of their dog.
Back in January, CNN correspondent Soledad O’Brien complained about a Neapolitan Mastiff who lived in her exclusive New York City co-op building. As secretary of the co-op board, she and the other board members filed a 20-page affidavit claiming that poor Ugo had to go due to his "size, slobbering, shedding, drooling, gassiness and odors." Were they serious? Clearly, the board members are not dog...
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The Bark Now Tweeting
First 50 followers on Twitter.com will be entered into drawing for Bark goodie basket.
The Bark is on Twitter. I know—it took us long enough. So, let me just clear something up right away, we weren’t slow to adopt because the service is called Twitter and we’re anti-bird. It’s just that sometimes tackling new technology can be a little overwhelming, and frankly, less immediately satisfying than watching a Border Collie execute a flawless weave-pole slalom. Still, like we always...
Blog: Guest Posts
FETCH-apalooza
Albuquerque goes to the dogs and cats this weekend.
With as many as 1,000 pets from 38 shelters around New Mexico, this weekend’s FETCH-apalooza is sure to be the state’s biggest adoption event—and maybe the biggest ever. And while bigger isn’t necessarily always better, you have to applaud a statewide effort like this, which is a particular boon for smaller shelters that don’t have the resources to host their own events. “Some shelter directors...
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Who You Gonna Call?
Dog control officer accused of stealing dogs.
Here’s a story to keep you up at night. A dog control officer in Hoosick, N.Y., allegedly plucked a pair of four-year-old Rottweiler/Golden Retriever dogs named Abby and Ginger from their home barn and gave them to someone, whom he says he thought was their owner. When the officer “discovered” his error, he returned the dogs. Only, the dogs he returned weren’t Abby and Ginger. Facing a felony...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
The Kindness of Pet Lovers
Web site raises money for a shelter dog’s vet bills.
The faltering economy has forced many people to make sacrifices. But what about their furry family members? I’ve heard stories of people eating Ramen noodles in order to buy pet food and forgoing gym memberships in favor of doggy daycare. However, unexpected vet bills can be the tipping point. Injuries often lead to thousands of dollars in surgery, leaving many pet owners with little choice but...
Blog: Guest Posts
Docking Tails on the Docket
New York considers a ban on cutting tails.
If the phones aren’t ringing off the hooks for members of the New York Assembly Agriculture Committee, they will be as soon as they take up serious consideration of Assembly Bill 7218. The bill proposes to make all instances of docking a dog’s tail unlawful, except when deemed necessary by a veterinarian to protect the life or health of the dog. In addition, it will make anyone exhibiting a dog...
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One Above
Alaska halfway to designating the Malamute as state dog.
[UPDATE: On Thursday, April 16, the New Hampshire House takes up the question of the Chinook.]   While I had my eyes trained on the Northeast, waiting for New Hampshire to make the Chinook the 10th official state dog in the country (Bark, Mar/Apr 2009), the Alaska State House voted to designate the Alaskan Malamute that state’s top canine. Spearheaded by students at the Polaris K-12 School in...
Magazine: Web Exclusives
Web Extras: Mar/Apr 2009
Good stuff we couldn't quite fit into our March 2009 issue.
You know how when you order a milkshake at an old-fashioned ice cream parlor the really good soda jerks always manage to make a little too much, which they let you have to replenish your drink. That’s how we see Web Extras. This is where you’ll find stuff—expanded versions of articles, instructions and links for taking action, and sometimes multi-media bonuses—we couldn’t quite fit in the...

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