Category Archives: Dog News

Reinforcement Techniques in Dog Training

Positive reinforcement, using food rewards to increase the likelihood a dog will repeat a desirable behavior, is universally regarded as the most reliable method for teaching commands. While the basic concepts of rewardbased training are easy to understand, people sometimes inadvertently inhibit progress by using too many—or too few —treats. Let’s say you’re in Las Vegas playing a slot machine, but every time you deposit a quarter and pull the arm, you get your one quarter in […]

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Book Review: City of Dogs

From the outside, New York City seems monolithic, a fizzing anonymous hive of activity and noise. From the inside, it’s much the same any other American city (albeit one with way more people, languages and cultural amenities than most). Its five boroughs—Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island—are home to 250 distinct neighborhoods, 850 million people and roughly 600,000 dogs. In those neighborhoods, as they are everywhere, dogs are the catalyst for many human connections. In […]

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Girl is a young medium sized German Shepherd mix who was dumped outside the front door of her rescuer.

Girl and her brother were dumped outside the front door of her rescuer and foster early one Saturday morning. They were both little skeletons, and badly in need of immediate care and attention. Girl is a medium sized German Shepherd mix, and fortunately for her and her brother Boy, their rescuer is a dog lover who didn’t waste any time getting them both well taken care of. All Girl needs now is a home where her family […]

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Skull scans tell tale of how world’s first dogs caught their prey

Analysis of the skulls of lions, wolves and hyenas has helped scientists uncover how prehistoric dogs hunted 40 million years ago. A study has revealed that the first species of dog — called Hesperocyon gregarius — pounced on its prey in the same way that many species, including foxes and coyotes, do today. The findings also show that the largest dog species ever to live — known as Epicyon haydeni — hunted in a similar way. The […]

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Trixie is a charming medium sized mixed breed female with a curly tail any dog would be proud to sport.

Trixie is a charming medium sized mixed breed female with a curly tail any dog would be proud to sport. She was dropped off at the pound, where she waited and waited for someone to notice her and take her home. Eventually time ran out for Trixie, and she was in grave jeopardy of a grim fate. Fortunately she managed to pull off a last minute reprieve when she managed to catch the attention of a visiting […]

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Overweight dogs may live shorter lives

New research from the University of Liverpool and Mars Petcare’s WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition reveals overweight dogs are more likely to have shorter lives than those at ideal body weights. Results from the study, conducted retrospectively across two decades and published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, revealed the lifespan of dogs that were overweight was up to two and a half years shorter when compared to ideal-weight dogs. The study examined more than 50,000 […]

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Smiling Dog: Harvey

Dog’s name and age: Harvey, 2 years What inspired the name?  The fictional supervillain from Batman, Harvey Dent aka Two-face, due to his face markings. Harvey’s Nicknames: Monster, Harv What do his people cherish most him? Harvey never has a bad day—ever. Even if he is in trouble, that tail never stops wagging! He is proof that we really could learn a lot from dogs on how to live life. #harveythecatahoulamix https://thebark.com/content/smiling-dog-harvey

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Scooter is a friendly 3 year old mix breed canine companion who loves car rides.

Scooter is a friendly 3 year old mix breed canine companion. He weighs about 45 lbs, is house trained, and crate trained. He gets along with other dogs and cats. Scooter likes car rides and is leashed trained. He is known to sneak onto the couch and bed, and loves to run and play. Scooter may not be good with young children since he does not like to be poked, pulled and hit on. However, he is […]

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Cinnamon is an extremely sweet and friendly Catahoula Leopard Dog, Cattle dog mix, who loves everyone she meets.

Cinnamon is an extremely sweet and friendly Catahoula Leopard Dog, Cattle dog mix, who loves everyone she meets and other dogs. She lights up around kids, but would accidentally knock over younger ones at play. She is always happy and playful, and loves attention. Cinnamon is about 1 year old, weighs around 60 pounds, is house and crate trained, non-destructive, and would probably do best with another dog in her new home. Left to herself this gregarious […]

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Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Dog

I say with only a little shame that I am guilty of the “sin” of coveting my neighbor’s dog many times over. It’s so easy to do, and yet I advise against it because it’s unlikely that anything good will come of it. Sure, once in a while you want a dog who the neighbor can’t keep because of failing health or some other extreme situation. In other cases, the dog that is a perfect match for […]

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