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Dog Friendships that Defy Nature

Animal shelters often try to adopt out “bonded pairs,” dogs that have been living together or have a strong connection. But the Humane Society of Silicon Valley (HSSV) in California didn’t quite know how to handle an unusual twosome that ended up in its care recently. Mama, a 7-year-old Shetland sheep dog mix, and her […]

How to Throw a Pooch Party

Coco Chanel’s recent birthday party evoked all the glamour of the famous clothing designer. In an exquisitely decorated party room, guests nibbled on appetizers served by uniformed attendants carrying golden trays. Only select partygoers, however, enjoyed the signature “Coco Cocktail,” a warmed, low-sodium chicken broth mixed with filtered water. As it turned out, many of […]

Faux Fidos Mimic Real Dog Behavior

Imagine the delight residents in several St. Louis nursing homes recently experienced when a dog, tail wagging cheerfully, pranced into their community rooms. Like all well-socialized dogs, this mutt, named Aibo, responded to the elderly residents’ petting and praise.  But there’s a big difference between Aibo and the typical terrier. Aibo is a robotic dog. […]

Twelve Days of Dog Holiday Gifting

Santa Paws is making his list. All dogs — naughty and nice — are on it, so it’s time to consider what gifts might be best for both your budget and your furry pal this holiday season. You won’t find lords-a-leaping or maids-a-milking here. Instead, with assistance from dog trainers and an online doggie boutique […]

Dog Training Can Be Fun and Games

In 1973, Kay Laurence got her first dog, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, and a life-changing piece of advice from her father. “You’d better take a training class,” he said. Thirty-five years later, Laurence is the head of the class. Based in the UK, she runs Learning About Dogs, a business that organizes conferences and […]

Love Dogs? Consider Becoming a Veterinary Technician

Most people take a long time to choose their career path. Rebecca Rose, author of Career Choices for Veterinary Technicians: Opportunities for Animal Lovers (AAHA Press 2009), on the other hand, hit the ground running after she left school. “My mother worked for a veterinarian in the early 1970s,” says Rose. “I can remember helping […]

What You Need to Know When Taking Your Pet on Holiday

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When Gerard Hanson of New York City planned a road trip to visit a friend in Maine, he was excited to bring his puppy, Charles, along. But the trip did not go smoothly. “Charles got carsick,” explains Hanson. “Then my friend didn’t want me leaving him at his house alone for more than an hour […]

Yoga for Dogs: A ‘Doga’ How-to Guide

For thousands of years, people have positioned themselves in poses like The Lotus, Salute to the Sun and Downward-facing Dog in an effort to achieve inner peace and improve physical fitness. These individuals practice the ancient art of yoga, whose benefits are widely touted. Only recently, though, have some devotees come to realize that yoga […]