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Blog: JoAnna Lou
Scent Lineups
Properly harnessing the power of the canine nose
Police have long relied on dogs to uncover illegal drugs, negotiate disaster areas, and find fugitives on the run. More recently, law enforcement officials have started to use canine scent lineups where dogs choose a suspect’s smell out of a group of people. The dogs are given the target scent from items found at the crime scene and then walked by a lineup of containers that contain scent swabs...
Blog: Guest Posts
Life with an Autism Service Dog
Part V: Pup-Peronies, fan clubs and channeling Temple Grandin
[Below are three excerpts from Michelle O’Neil’s blog about her daughter Riley’s autism service dog.]   Give That Dog A Treat! Riley is not allowed to go on the Internet without permission. Period. Today she did it, and I had to follow through with consequences, banning her from the computer for 24 hours. She pitched a very big fit, screaming and stomping all the way up to her room. Jingle...
Blog: Karen B. London
There’s A Dog at School Full Time
His job is drug enforcement
There’s a new staff member at school, and he works cheap! Raidin is a five-year-old Belgian Malinois and he was taught to detect four basic smells at Kingman High School: marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Like many dogs, his training is about finding specific substances rather than apprehending and subduing suspects. His searches are usually in buildings, vehicles and parking lots,...
Dog's Life: Work of Dogs
Service Dogs for Diabetics
Hypoglycemia-detecting canines provide a safety net
Destiny, a small black Retriever, insistently nudged Breanne, her person, who was sleeping soundly. Over and over, she pushed her warm snout into Breanne’s face, finally jolting her into wakefulness with bristly whiskers and a wet tongue. Breanne has Type 1 diabetes, and Destiny alerted her to the fact that her blood sugar levels were plummeting into dangerous territory. This special pup...
Dog's Life: Work of Dogs
Dogs Sniff Out Whale Scat
Scientists enlist detection dogs in their quest to learn more about whales
Perched on the bow of a small boat racing across Puget Sound, Tucker can catch the scent of killer whale scat from as far away as a nautical mile. When he whiffs the slightly salmony smell, the 60-pound Lab leans hard over the bow, so hard that his handler must hang on with all his might to keep him from toppling overboard. The captain points the boat the direction of Tucker’s black nose.  ...
Blog: Guest Posts
More Working Dogs
Meet the “Wonder Dogs”
It’s no secret that in addition to being great companions, dogs are our willing and generous collaborators, doing jobs that make our lives safer and easier. As Barbara Robertson observes in “Wonder Dogs” in the upcoming issue, “They’re more than our best friends, they’re our partners. For millennia, dogs have lived and worked at our sides, helping us in ways too numerous to count.” In the soon-to...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Unethical or Responsible Pet Care?
Playing service dog to travel first class.
The legitimacy and training of service dogs has come up a lot recently, and many of the cases do not have clear solutions. But what about when someone is consciously taking advantage of the privileges granted to service dogs? With the USDAA Cynosport World Games coming up in Scottsdale, Ariz., I’ve been talking to many of the local competitors about how they’re traveling with their dogs. Some are...
Blog: Guest Posts
Life with an Autism Service Dog, Part III
Jingle knows her girl.
[Below are excerpts from Michelle O’Neil's blog about her daughter Riley’s autism service dog, which she got earlier this month. In these entries, O’Neil writes about the second half of training at 4 Paws for Ability with Jingle.] Day 5, Behavior Disruption Today at training Riley came running in from the kid’s area, crying. She stomped up and down a couple of times and shrieked, “I was trying to...
Blog: Guest Posts
Life with an Autism Service Dog
Part I: Getting started
It started with a crazy longing for a dog. We don’t need a dog. We already have three cats and our children are high-need. Our daughter has Asperger’s (a high-functioning form of autism) and our son has autoimmune issues. My hands are quite full, but somehow I’d find myself looking at petfinder.com, or the Greyhound rescue sites, or the Golden Retriever rescue sites. I’d stare longingly at the...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Government Funds PTSD Service Dog Study
Department of Defense begins research on the canine potential for helping veterans.
Back in July I wrote about the Puppies Behind Bars' Dog Tags program that provides service dogs to veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Now research is underway to demonstrate the impact of pairing up returning soldiers with trained canines. The U.S. Department of Defense is financing a $300,000, 12-month study that will look at the effects of service dogs on changes in PTSD...

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