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Swine Flu - How Does It Affect Your Dog?

April 29, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

Many dog owners are - understandably - concerned about the fast-developing swine fever emergency. The most common question being asked is - can my dog catch it? The answer is probably not.

The fact that no definitive answers are yet available is not surprising given the fast-moving events. The H1N1 strain of flu that has emerged from Mexico is a complex virus and may well mutate and develop as it travels around the world. This makes it very difficult for medical scientists to give any absolute answers. What is known, however, is that, while dogs can develop influenza via a Type A H3N8 virus there is no evidence of th e illness passing between them and humans or vice versa.
America’s Governmental health organisation, the CDC, which is overseeing the outbreak has this to say about dogs:


Leader of the Pack - Why Your Dog Need You to take Control

April 26, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

Humans have been living with dogs for around 15,000 years now. It was in prehistoric times that wolves began spending time with our ancient relatives. They provided superior hunting and security skills. We provided food, warmth - and pleasant company. It is only recently, however, that we have understood that our dog’s behaviour is linked to their ancient past.

Scientists have come to see that, just like wolves, domestic dogs are hard wired to be pack animals. You can take the wolf out of the wolf pack but you can't take the wolf pack out of the dog. The reason so many dog owners run into problems with their dogs is that they don’t realise this simple truth.

By grasping this fact they could transform their lives with their dogs.

The fact is that, while they are instinctively pack members, the vast majority of dogs don’t want to be pack leaders. What most dogs do want however is to understand their place in the domestic pack. This is where all obedience training needs to begin. Once a dog understands the pack structure within its home, it will be a happy and contented canine.

Establishing leadership of your domestic pack is something that any owner can achieve. There are many products out there that can show you how to do this. Best-selling books by people such as The Dog Listener and The Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan
are extremely popular and helpful.


Dog Doctors: How Canines Can Detect Human Illness

April 21, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

Ever since our ancient ancestors first domesticated the dog, we have suspected our canine companions of possessing strange, healing powers.

According to one old wives’ tale from Greece, for instance, if you were about to choke on a bone you should let an unweaned puppy give you the kiss of life. (Unless it was a fishbone, in which case you should apply an unweaned kitten.) Modern science, however, has discovered more tangible evidence of the dog’s powers to heal.

There is, for instance, a growing body of evidence to suggest that dogs can detect cancer. In one study, dogs were found to be able to detect lung, breast and other cancers with an accuracy rate of between 88 and 97 per cent. By contrast, hospital scanners are reckoned to have an accuracy of between only 85 and 90 per cent.

Dogs also seem to have the ability to sense when a person is going to have an epileptic fit. A study conducted in Canada, found that dogs who lived with children prone to epileptic fits behaved oddly before the attacks. Some dogs would lick the child’s face, for instance. Others would act protectively, in one case leading a young girl away from a set of stairs moments before she had an attack. The warnings came as early as five hours in advance.

Health experts are now training “seizure alert” or “seizure response” dogs, some of which can predict fits.
No one has yet explained how the dog does this. While some scientists argue they detect scent or behavioural clues, others think they can pick up on telltale electrical activity in humans.

For more odd and interesting scientific facts about man’s best friend you should read ‘Play It Again Tom: Curious Truths About Cats And Dogs’ by Augustus Brown.


Dog Quotes #48

April 17, 2009 by sandor.fagyal


"When a dog wags her tail and barks at the same time, how do you know which end to believe?" - Anonymous



Canine Castaway: How A Modern Day Lassie Came Home

April 9, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

One of the most heart-warming stories in the news this week has been of the incredible journey undertaken by an Australian dog. The dog - named Sophie Tucker after a famous US entertainer - had fallen overboard as its owners Jan and Dave Griffith sailed through a storm off the Queensland coast last November.
The distraught owners had thought they ha’d seen the last of their pet but - amazingly - four months later they were contacted by rangers who had found her on a desert island.

Sophie Tucker fell overboard

It turned out Sophie Tucker had swum five nautical miles to find safety on the island where she had lived on goats.
You can read a full version of the story - as well as an interview with the owners at the BBC News website. But this is far from the first incredible journey a dog has made.

In 1922 Science magazine reported on a one-year-old collie whose owners moved 160 miles from Canon City to Denver, Colorado. Within a week the dog was back at his old home, having crossed the Arkansas River and a mountain range including the giant Pike’s Peak. Perhaps even more amazingly, in 1994, a veterinary magazine reported how a Cocker Spaniel called Sadie safely returned to her home after losing her owner 45 miles away. What was remarkable about Sadie was the fact that she was blind.

Sadie’s story adds credence to the idea that dogs use their sense of smell to guide them home.
Many scientists think they encounter familiar odours from other dogs they have been in contact with and whose “home range” overlaps with theirs. They then calculate the right direction in which to head based on this information.

For more odd and interesting scientific facts about man’s best friend you should read ‘Play It Again Tom: Curious Truths About Cats And Dogs’ by Augustus Brown.

Fight Club: The Strange Truth About Puppies At Play

April 6, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

Scientists are constantly discovering weird and wonderful new facts about dogs. For instance, did you know that puppies have a special signal that means ‘let’s play at fighting!

A puppy sends the signal by dropping on to its front paws and lowering its head towards another puppy. Having done this it will then lunge towards the other dog and start fighting.

Studies suggest that puppies have evolved this piece of body language so that siblings - and other dogs - know they are not being aggressive. In effect, the dog is saying: ‘Don’t take this seriously, I’m only fooling around!’

Puppies sometimes repeat the signal during a play fight , especially if it gets very physical.

Fighting is by far the most popular form of play amongst puppies. Most games involve biting at pawing at one another. One study found that puppies bit each other in 87 per cent of their games.

It’s perhaps little wonder then, that some puppies don’t like to play. Another study found that when one dog invites another one to play it only gets a positive response 77 per cent of the time. Obviously, the other 23 per cent of puppies have heard how violent their playmates can get.

For more odd and interesting scientific facts about man’s best friend you should read ‘"Play It Again Tom: Curious Truths About Cats And Dogs’ by Augustus Brown."


Importing Shelter Puppies – Ethical?

April 2, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

One of the biggest hot button issues today for animal lovers, at least in the United States, is the subject of shelter overpopulation. Many people are convinced that there is an overpopulation of cats and dogs in the U.S. But is this really true? There are some indications that it’s not true everywhere.

Many shelters in northeastern states have set up programs to import dogs from Southern States. The reason for moving dogs from state to state?

Voluntary spay/neuter programs in the northeastern states have been very successful over the last 10-15 years and there is a shortage of cute, adoptable puppies. There are fewer voluntary spay/neuter programs in the South and shelters there still have too many pups, small breeds and young dogs looking for homes. The solution, which works for everyone, has been to send the dogs in need of homes northward. There are still dogs who need homes in the northeastern states but they are often black lab mixes and bully breed mixes (the so-called “pit bulls) that no one wants to adopt. Or, they may be elderly dogs that are also adopted less frequently.

What do you think? Are these shelters and rescues doing the right thing by trying to find homes for these dogs? Is there really a problem with pet overpopulation if shelters and rescue organizations?


Dog Quotes #47

April 2, 2009 by sandor.fagyal


"I named my dog 'Stay'... so I can say 'Come here, Stay. Come here, Stay.'" - Steven Wright