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Two days’ drive from the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar, 100 miles from the country’s border with China, the foothills of the Altai Mountains slash a jagged brown line across the scrubby southern Gobi grasslands. Home to hungry wolves and snow leopards and brutal winters, it is rough country for herders such as 57-year-old Otgonbayar, a weather-beaten nomad who works his flock of 1,000-odd cashmere goats and two dozen sheep from the back of a 100-cc Chinese motorcycle.

“The wolves were terrible this winter,” Otgonbayar says on a spring day in 2016, as his wife passes around a dented aluminum bowl filled with Russian candies and sugar cubes. “If it weren’t for my dog, my losses would have been much greater.” Just a few days earlier wolves had killed four of his animals. In a typical season, they can take 50 or more.

Since the 1990s, to compensate for the animals lost to predators and inclement weather, herders such as Otgonbayar have vastly increased the size of their flocks, which has led to overgrazing that has plunged the steppe into a vicious cycle of herd expansion and environmental degradation. Now, however, an American biologist-turned-entrepreneur named Bruce Elfström is working with the herders to break that pattern by reintroducing a tool developed thousands of years ago: an indigenous livestock guardian dog known as the bankhar. “The idea was to find the dogs of old, their grandfathers’ dogs, then breed them and give them back to the people. The goal being that without the fear of predators, they won’t raise so many goats, which are turning the steppe into desert,” Elfström says.

Collective Failure

Before Mongolia abandoned communism in the 1990s, socialist controls dictated how many animals herders could raise. Regulations prevented overgrazing through a system of rotating pastures, and the government made sure herders in remote grasslands could get their meat and wool to market. During the country’s transition to a market economy, that scheme was dismantled. The government privatized the herds, but the pastures remained common land. That arrangement encouraged herders to raise more animals without providing any incentive to preserve the range. At the same time, the rise of neighboring China resulted in soaring demand for cashmere, explains Zara Morris-Trainor, a doctoral candidate at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, who is studying the impact of the trade on Mongolia’s snow leopards.

The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991—which resulted in a precipitous drop in bilateral trade with Russia—made Mongolia more dependent on China. Almost overnight, nomads who had traditionally raised a mixed herd of camels, goats, horses, sheep, cattle and yaks began ramping up herd sizes with more and more cashmere-producing goats, which are harder on the soil because their sharp hooves puncture the biological crust that prevents wind erosion. Historically accounting for less than a fifth of all livestock, goats made up about a third of some 29 million domesticated grazers by 1996. By 2015 the goat population had surged to nearly 24 million out of a total herd of 56 million livestock.

The expansion of Mongolia’s desert has kept pace with that increase. Since 1996, which was also the year in which the country first joined the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, the amount of its land severely impacted by desertification has more than tripled to around 100,000 square miles—about a sixth of Mongolia’s total land mass. As much as 80 percent of the damage is the result of overgrazing, researchers at Oregon State University concluded from satellite maps of the vegetation in 2013.

Over roughly the same period, uncontrolled hunting and habitat destruction have killed 75 to 90 percent of various prey animals. Their downfall has forced wolves and snow leopards to target the nomads’ herds, even as ever more frequent winter storms known as dzuds have periodically killed millions of livestock. Without other adequate forms of insurance, the nomads have taken matters into their own hands: in good times, they have enlarged their herds in hopes of ending up with at least some animals in the spring; in lean times, they have confined their livestock in smaller areas to try to protect them. Both responses have intensified the problem of desertification.

Making matters worse, because the herders are impotent against drought, snow and climate change, many of them focus their resentment on predators. Reliable statistics about how many animals they kill are hard to come by. But as many as 14 percent of Mongolian herders interviewed for a 2002 study admitted to killing snow leopards in retribution for dead livestock. And experts still cite retaliatory killings as among the main threats to the big cats, according to Bayarjargal Agvaantseren, director for the Snow Leopard Trust’s partner organization in Mongolia. Wolves are in the crosshairs, too. “For wolves, there is still local-government-level hunting organized annually in some areas,” Agvaantseren says. Conservationists fear for the future of both species in Mongolia.

Rescue Dogs

Elfström believes he can help. In 2013 he designed a program to reduce livestock losses—and thereby encourage support for wildlife conservation—by bringing back the bankhar, a large, black-and-brown mountain dog. The Mongolian Bankhar Dog Project has set up a breeding and training center near Ulaanbaatar and placed the dogs with nomads who face high pressure from predators. Otgonbayar is one of the first participants. “The goal is to take what we’re doing and hand it off to Mongolians so we can have satellite breeding centers around the country,” says the 51-year-old Elfström, who owns a Connecticut-based off-road driving school called Overland Experts.

Bankhars were once ubiquitous on the Mongolian steppe. In a nod to their fearsome nature, the traditional Mongolian greeting is “Hold your dog.” Dogs are the only animals the Mongolians believe to be worth naming. Various defining myths and folktales—including the origin myth that traces the birth of Genghis Khan to the coupling of a blue wolf and a fallow deer—confirm that traditionally nomads believed that the Mongolians and their dogs were “of the same bones,” notes anthropologist Gaby Bamana, currently a visiting scholar at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Bringing back bankhars, the indigenous livestock guardian dogs of Mongolia (1), could reduce losses of goats to snow leopards and wolves and so help protect these imperiled predators and the steppe (2). Credit: Soyolbold Sergelen

Despite their cultural importance, however, true bankhars have mostly disappeared since the communist era. A symbol of independence, fierce, territorial dogs were unsuited to the ideology of the times and the practical realities of state-owned herds, which allowed herders to keep only seven animals per person as private property. There was even a brief craze for bankhar fur coats in Moscow in the 1930s. Furthermore, crossbreeding between bankhars and other dogs, including an influx of German shepherds that accompanied the effort to build the Trans-Siberian Railroad in the 1940s and the guard dogs and household pets of more than 100,000 Russian military personnel who moved to Mongolia in the 1960s, has diluted the gene pool of the indigenous bankhar population. Indeed, it is hard to find bankhars that have not been crossed with foreign breeds, which can reduce their effectiveness as livestock protectors by reintroducing predatory traits that breeders promote in dogs like the German shepherd.

The expertise required to raise effective bankhars is also in short supply. The same collectivization programs that discouraged their use resulted in the loss of much traditional knowledge. Few of the herders whose families have occupied the steppe for generations now remember how to rear dogs to protect livestock.

Why, then, is Elfström intent on reviving the bankhar? Guardian dogs are still common elsewhere in the world, from the ovcharka in the Caucasus to the Anatolian shepherd in Turkey to the Great Pyrenees in the West. Why not just import these breeds to Mongolia?

One reason is biological. Like the forebears of other guardian dogs, the bankhar was not created through the kind of careful inbreeding that resulted in modern breeds such as the Great Dane or golden retriever. Rather it evolved through a combination of natural and artificial selection: the best specimens thrived, whereas the nomads did not feed useless ones and culled those that chased or killed livestock. The result is a dog that is purpose-built for guarding flocks under harsh conditions.

Standing between 26 and 33 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing 80 to 125 pounds, bankhars are remarkably well adapted to the challenges of the steppe, where temperatures can soar to 100 degrees Fahrenheit in summer and plunge to 50 below zero in winter. Their thick, shaggy fur, which feels almost as fine as cashmere to the touch, features a heavy undercoat that protects them from the cold in the winter and is shed in the summer, when they sometimes dig underground dens to escape the heat. Bankhars also need less food than other livestock guardian dogs of similar size—perhaps because they have evolved a slower metabolism, Elfström suggests—an important consideration in a region where many families have little to spare.

But cultural reasons, rather than biological ones, ultimately prompted Elfström to settle on reintroducing the bankhar instead of importing a similar guardian dog such as the ovcharka, which thrives in extreme climates elsewhere in Central Asia. Decades of Soviet meddling have left Mongolians wary of foreign advisers, and herders are especially skeptical that a bunch of Americans who do not seem to know a goat from a sheep will have anything to teach them. The bankhar, however, still has great cultural significance: traditionalists are convinced that the revered dogs can see into the spirit world, and more modern herders view them as a powerful symbol of national pride. “Everybody wants a bankhar,” Elfström says. If he can forge a relationship with the herders through the bankhar program, perhaps they will be amenable to other conservation efforts.

Ups and Downs

Thus far Elfström and his team have bred and distributed more than 60 bankhar puppies to herders. Although the project is in its early stages, a detailed study of its impact is now under way, and Elfström says he has “firm data” showing a 90 to 95 percent drop in the livestock killed by predators. The scheme has attracted the interest of nonprofit groups, including the Snow Leopard Trust and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). In 2016 the WCS helped to place six dogs with three families in an area of the Gobi that sees a lot of predation from wolves and raptors, according to Onon Bayasgalan, a conservationist who works with the WCS in Mongolia. “If the bankhar initiative proves to be a success with these herder families, we will consider expanding the number of families receiving the dogs. In the future, we may also consider collaborating with the bankhar project in our other project sites,” Bayasgalan said in 2016. This year Elfström is supplying the WCS with another 10 to 14 dogs.

Conservationists hope that by reducing stock losses, the dogs can help generate support for other ambitions, such as “sustainable cashmere,” which requires that the nomads focus on smaller herds to produce high-quality wool that they can sell for a higher price than regular wool. Already the distribution of puppies is acting as an informal reward for model herders such as Otgonbayar, whose rangeland is near a protected area for snow leopards. Elfström himself aims to institute further incentives to encourage herders to refrain from killing predators once he has shown how effective the dogs can be at deterring them.

That said, he has run into several hurdles. In May 2016 Mongolian environmental regulations forced him to shift his breeding center to a new location near Hustai National Park in the north of the country, thereby prompting a reboot of the project. Because of an accident, the faithful four-wheel-drive van that the team used to transport dogs and equipment now needs to be replaced. And although herders covet the bankhars, it is a constant struggle to find ones who are willing to implement the training protocol necessary to raise the puppies to be effective working dogs. The regimen, which requires keeping the puppies corralled with the livestock from the age of six to 13 weeks so that they bond to the goats and sheep the way pet dogs do to humans, is not complicated, but it requires a herder who is willing to listen.

More discouraging, the collaboration with the Snow Leopard Trust has stalled. A little headway has been made, but Gustaf Samelius, assistant director of science for the trust, says it is not actively working to place dogs from Elfström’s bankhar project because all the nomads in the areas where the organization works already have dogs of their own. “From the few people I’ve talked to, they all seem to be happy with the dogs they have,” Samelius says.

That claim is a major source of frustration for Elfström. Virtually without exception, the dogs in question are strays or crossbreeds that were not raised to bond with the herders’ livestock, he says. They provide some deterrent against predators, mostly by barking if a snow leopard comes near the corral at night, but they cannot be trusted to guard the herd in the pasture because they are bonded to the family rather than its livestock. They are more likely to follow the shepherd back to the yurt than to keep watch over the flock.

Despite Samelius’s assertion that nobody wants them, the bankhar team is working on its own to place pups with families who live in the same areas where the Snow Leopard Trust is active, though perhaps not the same families who say they are satisfied with their current dogs. Herders sometimes call their untrained crossbreeds bankhar out of ego or loyalty. But when they are offered a true, working bankhar from the breeding project, “all of a sudden, their dog becomes a mix, and they want ours,” Elfström says.

“Many people, including scientists, are still of the mindset that ‘a dog is a dog,’ despite an overwhelming glut of papers and data to prove them wrong,” Elfström says. “Herders know bankhars are not just dogs.” Research has shown that similar livestock guardian dogs have had dramatic impacts in Africa, Australia, Europe and the western U.S., where breeds such as the Great Pyrenees and Anatolian shepherd have reduced or eliminated livestock losses to cheetahs, coyotes, dingoes, foxes, bears and wolves. In Namibia the introduction of some 450 Anatolian shepherds over the past 20 years virtually eliminated livestock predation by cheetahs, helping to convince farmers to stop killing as many as 1,000 big cats a year. In Mongolia, where wildlife conservation is in its infancy, the effect could be equally dramatic, Elfström believes.

Provided the project succeeds in breeding enough dogs and in convincing enough nomads to rear them the right way, a reduction in retribution killings is likely. Other successful livestock guardian dog programs, including Cheetah Outreach in South Africa, have convinced farmers to sign contracts agreeing to not kill predators, leading to a sharp decline in retribution killings. And evidence from a livestock vaccination program run by the Snow Leopard Trust in Pakistan suggests that reducing livestock losses can encourage farmers to raise fewer animals: the program helped to reduce herd sizes by 17 percent.

But even if Elfström does succeed in persuading people to limit the size of their flocks, changing the practices of a few herders will be merely a Band-Aid on the proverbial bullet hole, he realizes, unless it is accompanied by a raft of other nonprofit efforts and policy measures aimed at conserving the Mongolian steppe and its denizens. Luckily, many such programs are already under way. Ulaanbaatar-based Sor Cashmere, for instance, is working to popularize cashmere made from the hair of yaks and camels, which are less environmentally damaging than goats. The Wildlife Conservation Society, for its part, is working with herders, mining companies and other stakeholders to fund ecological mitigation projects and promote sustainable goat cashmere.

“What we want to see is the herders moving more. What we want to see is them having a diverse herd. What we want to see is them not having extra animals to counter the fact that they’re going to lose so many,” Elfström says. “But that requires that we work with other nongovernmental organizations. We can’t do everything.”

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https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/could-dogs-help-save-the-mongolian-steppe/

More than 100 unwanted dogs from Texas are headed to find their forever homes in the Pacific Northwest. The mission is being organized by Project Freedom Ride (PFR), a non-profit group led by Jennifer McConn and her 6-year-old son Roman of Skagit Valley.

PFR’s goal is to rescue dogs from high-kill shelters in Texas and match the animals with humane societies and families in Washington state. The group plans to leave Midland, Texas on January 26 and make adoption stops in California and Oregon before arriving in Everett, Washington on Tuesday, January 30.

When the dogs arrive in Everett, approximately 30 will go straight to their new families. Another 50 dogs will be taken to PFR’s rescue partners, where they will be placed up for adoption. The transport was made possible thanks to a generous donation from Klein Honda of Everett, according to McConn.

This will be the group’s largest transport since starting the foundation in 2016. Last year, they saved 720 dogs from uncertain futures in Texas.

PFR made headlines around the world in 2017 after videos of 6-year-old Roman went viral. The little boy was pleading to find a home for his shelter dog friends, as first reported on KING 5.

Visit the site for Project Freedom Ride to learn more about the upcoming rescue mission

Watch Roman, his mom and deaf dog Legend on New Day Northwest

See how Roman’s video helped a deaf dog find a forever home

Roman’s dad comes home from overseas to a major surprise

Copyright 2017 KING

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This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  For probably the sixth time in our lives, I have something to say. Welcome to Arizona.  Again.

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It was a very long day yesterday.  Even longer than when I stare at myself in the mirror.  And that is long.  It was also longer than my corndog tail, but we won’t go there…now will we?

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We thought we would never get here, and some of our stuff did not.  Including Boy Person’s hat and our broom.

Now, I would have taken a picture of said missing things, but since they are gone, I suppose that is not possible.  What I will say is that first of all, when you are traveling through the high wind areas of the desert, you should not wear a hat with the windows down and expect it to stay on your head.  Also, if you have a broom at your campsite in the middle of a desert, you should not leave your campsite and expect that if you leave it outside, that it will be there when you get back in a windstorm.  Brooms and hats are necessary in our world, and now we have none.

But..what is also necessary at this point in our trip is to remain positive, even if we have such not great days of travel, or if we lose stuff, or if we get lost.

Welcome to Arizona. Again. #thesixthtimesthecharm #2travelingdogs

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Because we have to focus.  Some of the places we visit may also be less than hospitable I say.  But even if they are prickly, we are making an effort to not sit on the pricks.  Digby, move over, I need to sit down. Bahahaha!

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When we drove thru the hot desert yesterday, Digby was still looking for his pancake trees, and I was still looking for my peanut butter cookie trees.  But all we saw was cactus after cactus after cactus.  And really big ones at that!  With no pancakes.  Or cookies.

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And it got me to thinking.  I wondered how long they had been out there being prickly and beautiful.  And I thought that they were just a little bit like me…except they were a cactus of course.  A Saguaro cactus.

Now, I know a lot of things, but I suppose that I have never found it necessary to ponder the existence of a cactus.  But when we saw these giants out in the desert, we knew we were fortunate to have stumbled across their beauty.  Much how you probably feel about me.

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Life can be prickly, that is for sure.  There are plenty of things to stick us. There are plenty of things that try to get us distracted from the beauty around us.  But just like life in the desert, that are some things that thrive and flourish, like the Saguaro Cactus.  They would not want to be anywhere else. The desert is essential to the ones that live in it. They need its harshness, they need its environment.  And they appreciate it.  If you have found yourself in life’s desert…do you appreciate what it can teach you too?

For us on this trip, we are going to appreciate every single place we go to on the way back to that Florida place…prickly or not.  I mean, the persons love me, prickly or not…right?  Instead of always worrying about what is next, and a schedule, we are going to embrace where we find ourselves.  Even if we are in the middle of a desert with a prickly and beautiful cactus.  That’s me.

What is on the agenda this week?  We will be going to Organ Pipe National Monument, traveling to some caverns…and then who knows what?!  That’s is the beautiful thing.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

What is keeping our paws safe in the desert? Only the healing balm from

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We love our dogs here at Outside and have strong opinions about which breeds are best suited for outdoor adventures. Regardless of your companion type—be it a champion Weimaraner or a rescue of questionable descent—you need a solid leash when you head out to play. To help narrow the field, we’ve picked several of our favorites, plus a couple cool accessories.


Chaco Dog Leash ($20)

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You wear Chacos all summer, so you might as well get Fido a leash to match. We dig the adjustable handle that can be expanded to go around your waist for hands-free dog walking or running.


Ruffwear Ridgeline ($25)

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Ruffwear’s newest leash is built from a stretchy webbing that expands from 2.5 feet to 4.25 feet when needed. Bonus: you can open the collar clip with one hand.


Mendota Slip Lead ($15)

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The simple Slip is a leash-and-collar combo that teaches your dog not to tug and comes with a guarantee that lasts the life of your pet.


Bike Tow Leash ($150)

This semirigid arm attaches to the back of your bike and then to your dog’s collar, keeping him away from your wheels when you go for a pedal-assisted run.  


Found My Animal ($65)

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These rope leashes take cues from the nautical world. A portion of the proceeds goes to pet adoption charities.


Flexi Vario ($35)

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If your dog likes to wander, get a retractable leash. We like this one because you can add accessories like an LED flashlight and a detachable “glove box” for treats and poop bags (all sold separately).


Bold Lead Designs ($55)

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Handcrafted in Colorado from vegetable-tanned leather, this versatile leash can be adjusted to go around your waist for hands-free walking and has two clips for double-dog duty.


OllyDog Running Belt and Leash ($45) 

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Pair OllyDog’s lightweight and stretchy elastic leash with the company’s waist belt (which has a pouch for treats, keys, and poop bags), and you have a hands-free running kit built for speedy pursuits.


RockPet Dog Leash ($25)

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Six feet of climbing rope and a carabineer let everyone know you send rock, even when you’re just out for a stroll with your poodle.


Ruffwear Doubleback Harness ($125)

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And if you actually want to climb with your dog, this harness from Ruffwear is strength-rated to 2,000 pounds, allowing you to attach your pup to a rope and haul her up to spicy spots she can’t reach on her own.  


Kurgo Tru-Fit Dog Harness ($30)

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Protect your dog on the way to the trailhead with this crash-tested harness that clips to a seatbelt.


GoPro Fetch ($40)

You know how you’ve always wanted to strap a GoPro to your dog to see the world through his eyes? This is how you do it.

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https://www.outsideonline.com/2170781/best-leashes-adventurous-dogs

Two selfless volunteers have travelled close to 2000km in two days across the Goldfields and Gascoyne-Murchison region to collect unwanted pregnant dogs from their owners.

WISH Animal Rescue Team Perth volunteers Alison McVee and Sharelle Turtle have been making the lengthy trip for six years as part of the organisation’s sterilisation program.

“If owners find themselves with an unwanted pregnancy and they want to keep the mum, we will bring Mum to Perth, she will have her puppies in Perth, and we will sterilise and bring her back to her owners,” Mrs McVee said.

The mothers are returned to the owners sterilised, microchipped and vaccinated once the puppies have weaned.

“We have saved thousands of dogs over our six years and travelled thousands of kilometres to help,” Mrs McVee said.

“We are not here to judge, we are here to save innocent lives.”

Mrs McVee and Mrs Turtle collected a total of nine dogs, three of which were pregnant, on their most recent trip which included Kalgoorlie, Leonora and other regional towns in the Goldfields.

The organisation also takes medical and food supplies.

It either distributes the supplies to owners, or leaves them at the police stations.

“When we do go into towns, we drop by the police station and we drop off bags of food, flea treatment and worming treatment,” Mrs McVee said. “Nobody gets missed out. Every dog deserves a wish and we are there to help.”

Anyone requiring help with a dog can contact WISH Animal Rescue Team Perth through their Facebook page or email wishrescueteam@gmail.com.

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https://thewest.com.au/news/regional/kind-pair-save-unwanted-pregnant-dogs-ng-b88728796z

No one wants their dog to snap or growl when meeting someone you know and trust. It would be much nicer to have well behaved, polite dog who puts her best paw forward when greeting strangers. Owning a friendly dog takes more than just choosing a breed who has traits conducive to friendly behavior, it also takes work on the part of the owner. Your puppy must be socialized early on to get her used to encountering a variety of people and not be fearful of making new acquaintances.

1. Bedlington Terrier

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Alert, energetic, and intelligent, the Bedlington Terrier is an excellent companion and small people friendly dog. He enjoys being the center of attention and likes to entertain his people. Find out more about the Bedlington Terrier.

2. Bichon Frise

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A cheerful attitude is the outstanding trait of the Bichon’s personality. This dog loves to be loved, enjoys being the center of attention, and is adept at charming his family, neighbors, groomer, or veterinarian with his winning personality. Read more about the Bichon Frise.

3. Boston Terrier

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Known as the American Gentleman, the Boston Terrier is lively, smart, and affectionate with a gentle, even temperament. Learn more about the Boston Terrier.

4. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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The gregarious Cavalier takes as his role model humorist Will Rogers, who famously said he never met a stranger. The Cavalier is eager to meet everyone who crosses his path, and if that person sits down and offers a lap (or a treat), so much the better. More on the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

5. Chinese Crested

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Alert and happy, the Crested adores and dotes on his people. Expect kisses and lots of snuggle time in your lap from this happy, loving little guy. Definitely a great small people friendly dog! Read more about the Chinese Crested.

6. Cockapoo

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Intelligent and easy to please, the Cockapoo was established as a companion dog. He’s friendly and happy, happy, happy. He has an outgoing nature and usually gets along with everyone. Depending on his temperament, he can be active or he can simply enjoy snuggling up on the couch with you. To find out more about this small people friendly dog. All about Cockapoos.

7. Coton de Tulear

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The happy and boisterous Coton is a people pleaser, who wants nothing more than to spend time with his humans. He forms strong bonds with family members and doesn’t like to be separated from them. Read more about the Coton de Tulear.

8. Havanese

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The Havanese is a gentle and affectionate breed that thrives on human companionship. Your Havanese will often follow you from room to room throughout the day. More about the people friendly, Havanese.

9. Japanese Chin

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The personality of the Japanese Chin is a true indicator of the depth that these dogs possess. In general, he’s a happy and charming dog who is affectionate and intelligent. He’s talkative, but not barky. Chin people say their dogs like to “sing” and will chatter to announce the arrival of guests or strangers. Read more about the Japanese Chin.

10. Lowchen

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The Lowchen is the personification of an even-tempered breed. He is lively and active, affectionate and gentle. He is an intelligent dog who learns quickly and easily. More on Lowchen.

11. Maltipoo

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This is an intelligent, affectionate, fun-loving dog who generally gets along well with everyone he meets. Gentle and devoted, Maltipoos enjoy spending their days perched on their owner’s laps or walking beside them. Read more about Maltipoos.

12. Norfolk Terrier

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The Norfolk has personality plus. Though small, he makes up for it with a buoyant, lively approach to life. He is active, alert, good natured, and always ready to play. Learn more about Norfolk Terriers.

13. Norwich Terrier

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The Norwich Terrier is known for his affectionate nature. He generally loves everyone and will do well in households with multiple pets and children. Learn more about Norwich Terriers. 

14. Papillon

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The Papillon is happy, alert, and friendly. He should never be shy or aggressive. Read more about this small, people friendly dog. More on Papillons. 

15. Pocket Beagle

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Beagles are gentle and sweet, smart and funny. More on Pocket Beagles.

16. Poodle (Toy & Miniature)

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Intelligent, loving, loyal, and mischievous are four words Poodle enthusiasts commonly use to describe the breed’s personality. The Poodle is also known for what his fans call “an air of distinction”: a dignified attitude that’s hard to describe, but easy to spot in the dog. More about this small people friendly dog. More on Poodles.

17. Pug

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Don’t expect a Pug to hunt, guard or retrieve. Pugs were bred to be companions, and that’s exactly what they do best. The Pug craves affection — and your lap — and is very unhappy if his devotion isn’t reciprocated. Read all about Pugs.

18. Shih Tzu

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He’s alert and lively and may bark at newcomers to his home. Don’t worry, though; he’ll make friends with your guests the minute they walk inside. Find out more about this small people friendly breed. Read more on Shih Tzus.

So many dogs are people and animal friendly that did not make the list. If you are looking for a certain breed do some research and please check your area for breed specific rescues. So many amazing pups just waiting to find forever homes.

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EASTPOINTE, Mich. (WXYZ) – Neighbors on one Eastpointe street have some serious concerns about the safety of their dogs, after at least two dogs have died and others have gotten sick.

Residents say they think someone might be targeting the pets on Lexington Street.

The woman with two dogs that died filed a police report.

Her neighbor, whose dog became ill, says she plans to contact police Tuesday. They’re worried there’s a serious connection and they want police to be on the lookout.

Chantae Thomas and her mother had two pugs, 10-year-old Desi and 5-year-old Garfield. They were a father and son pair.

On Monday they noticed Desi foaming at the mouth and lying on the ground. The vet said he was poisoned.

Garfield soon started showing similar symptoms and he got the same diagnosis. Both dogs passed away.

Thomas didn’t know where the poison came from, so she started talking to neighbors.

One neighbor said his dog died very recently and he didn’t know why and multiple others said their dogs had become ill.

Neighbors like Teressa Rizzo. She said she noticed him eat something and then later get very sick, but he pulled through and she didn’t take him to the vet. 

Now neighbors are concerned someone might be targeting their pets.

People like Rizzo hope to see more officers patrol their neighborhood. She said they’re all keeping a close eye out right now.

They’re not sure why someone would do this, only that they want it to stop.

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http://wxyz.com/news/region/wayne-county/neighbors-in-eastpointe-worry-someone-is-poisoning-their-dogs

Posted by in dog videos on October 5, 2018

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – Several Walt Disney World Resort hotels will begin welcoming guests along with their canine companions starting Oct. 15. 

The Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and the cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will all be part of this pilot program. 

The new service permits up to two dogs per guest room and each resort also offers easy access to outdoor pet exercise areas and green spaces with pet relief areas. 

Disney says that dogs staying in Disney resort guest rooms must be well behaved, leashed in resort public areas and properly vaccinated.

The theme parks resort hotels that house guests dogs will have some special amenities just for the four-legged friends: 

  • At check-in, Pluto’s Welcome Kit includes a mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, courtesy plastic disposable bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps. Also included: a Pluto “Do Not Disturb” door hanger indicating to hotel staff that a pet is in the room.
  • Day care and other pet services are offered nearby at Best Friends, and an on-property full-service pet care facility. Fees apply. 
  • Coming soon – select pet merchandise at the four resort properties.

There is an additional pet-cleaning fee when guests book a resort room with their dog: 

  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort $50/night
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort $50/night
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort $75/night 
  • Cabins at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort $50/night

For more information about the new dog-friendly trial program, including other restrictions and policies, guests may contact 407-W-DISNEY.

Source

http://actionnewsjax.com/news/local/disney-world-welcomes-dogs-at-resort-hotels/624237086

Most dogs spend their whole lives begging for their favorite foods, and we pet owners spend a lot of our time staring into those puppy dog eyes, wondering if we should give in. So when the worst happens, and illness, pain, or age brings a beloved companion to the point when prolonging his life would be cruel, one small consolation of that saddest of days — your dog’s last day — is being able to feed him any kind of food his doggy heart desires.

What do people feed their dogs when their only goal is pure, canine joy? I spoke with a handful of animal behavior specialists, dog trainers, and devoted dog owners around the country about the dogs they have had to say goodbye to, and how they fed these special companions on their last day together.

Munchkins and ice cream for Thor

Thor had been my constant companion, running hundreds of miles with me. When I was 40 and training for my first marathon, Thor would run with me — in snow, in below-zero weather, in rain, in fog, at 6 a.m. to avoid the heat. At about age 10, Thor could no longer run with me. I couldn’t even look at him as I walked out of the house each morning. We changed to hiking in the woods, or walks around the neighborhood.

Thor was our family dog, with us while my daughters grew up. When we would go to Dunkin’ Donuts, we would always ask for a Munchkin for the dogs. As a family we’d go to the local ice cream shop and always get a small vanilla for the dogs. Vesta, my Boston Terrier, and Thor would share a cone as one of us held it. My daughters were not home for his last day, so they texted things they wanted me to do with him — for them, from a distance — and requested that I get him Munchkins and ice cream.

We also took a hike that Thor had always loved to a place called Goose Pond. It was a bit tough for him that day, but he made it around the pond. I think just having a last day, being able to completely be with him, talk about him, pet him, and walk with him was what made it special to me. — Denise Mazzola, certified professional dog trainer

Roasted chicken for Wallace and coffee shop treats for Hector

Wallace was a shelter dog targeted for euthanasia, but shortly after he went into foster care, it was discovered that he really liked to catch frisbees. In his second year in the sport, Wallace won the 2006 Cynosport World Games, and the next year he won the 2007 Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge National Championship for flying disc.

We feel so lucky that he experienced such an amazing quality of life until the end. He was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, went through surgery to remove his burst spleen, and was given a prognosis of a few months. He lived for another year and completed a heck of a bucket list. Wallace got to ride in a motorcycle sidecar, wade in the ocean, play fetch through the mail with MLB pitcher Mark Buehrle, and even meet Betty White.

When he finally started to show pain from a second cancer that popped up and it was getting harder to manage his pain, we knew we had to let him go. On his last day he went for a short walk, resting along the way. Before the vet came over, we gave him roasted chicken. He hadn’t had chicken in at least five years because it was the one thing that flared his skin problems. He lit up and loved every bite.

Hector was one of the 51 pit bulls rescued from the Michael Vick dog fighting case. After the couple of bad years with Vick and his buddies, he enjoyed seven years of love and fun adventures. He became a Certified Therapy Dog to visit nursing homes and hospitals. He also went to schools to help teach kids how to act safely around dogs. Hector was cool with everybody, even though he was treated badly in his younger life .

Thinking about the end of his life makes me sad. He battled some confusing health problems, which we believe stemmed from his former life as a fighter. We tried so hard to bring him back to health, but he slowly declined for a year and a half. It felt so unfair because he was the youngest of our dogs — we had him for the least amount of time, and he was sick for so long.

He didn’t eat much of anything for the last month or so. I tried to get creative. He liked homemade treats made at a local coffee shop, so we went there every single day.

I remember with each dog how privileged I felt to be able to do everything we could for them at the end of their lives. We fed them as well as they would let us, gave them as many supplements as were appropriate, and did all of the things they enjoyed. You would think when they were gone that I might feel relieved not having to put so much time and effort into their food and supplements, but the truth is I felt honored to be that caregiver for them and I would have done it forever. — Clara Yori, founder of the Wallace the Pit Bull Foundation

Ice cream for Sammy

Sammy was in the shelter at 9 years old. He had crusty eyes; bowed, wobbly back legs; and a quiet demeanor. The manager of the shelter, where I worked at the time, asked me to take him. He had a heart murmur among other issues, and it was a matter of “life and death.” And unbeknownst to me, he was my soulmate. He loved rides in the car — we’d go to the Dairy Treat where they’d give him and his brother a doggy dish of vanilla ice cream. My shy dog would be bursting at the seams in anticipation of the ice cream.

After about three or four years, his health really took a turn for the worse. His anxiety increased — especially when I’d leave for work. I was crushed at the thought of him dying alone and scared. After a tear-filled conversation with the vet, I had to make the appointment. Who was I to make this decision? What if he would get better? Was it the right time? The guilt was overwhelming, but his anxiety and my wanting to spend his last moments with him made me follow through.

The worst part was that the vet performed euthanasias in the afternoon, so 3 p.m. was our time. The whole day was ominous and surreal. I kept thinking in my head, “Six more hours, five more hours, four more hours.” We packed up the car and spent the day doing everything he loved. I took him and his brother to the park and set up mounds of blankets under a tree, and we had a picnic of sliced hot dogs and hamburgers. I told him everything I loved about him and about what was going to happen.

Once we left the park, we went through the Dairy Treat drive-thru where I asked for an extra doggy dish for Sammy. It seemed a shame that I didn’t ask for two doggy dishes for him more often. Why did I have to wait until he was going to die? He was so happy. — Amy Johnson, director of Oakland University School of Nursing’s Animal Assisted Therapy Program

Bacon for Liberty

Liberty Sue was the dearest, most loving, forgiving soul. She came to me after some serious abuse, and was the most shut-down dog I had ever met. We worked hard to get her over her fears, and before long it became clear that she was very special. She was love. She loved absolutely everyone, but I was her favorite, which might be the greatest honor of my life. When she died, a friend said to me, “When you go to the Pearly Gates and St. Peter asks what you’ve done with your life, Liberty will bark, and you won’t have to say a word.”

A few weeks before she died, Liberty stopped eating. In five years, this had never happened. We did X-rays and ran blood work, and everything was normal, but I kept pushing, and we had an ultrasound done. The tech looked at the monitor, turned it off, and took a deep breath. He said, “This is a really, really great dog. She’s really terrific. So you stop any medication, and you give her absolutely anything she wants for the rest of her life. She’s got days.”

For Liberty’s whole last week, we offered her everything we could think she would like. She got lots of bacon (both raw and cooked), chicken, ham, and liverwurst — she didn’t eat much, but we went for every extravagant meat we could think of. She liked the cooked bacon best, so we made sure there was as much of that as she could possibly want.

The day of the ultrasound I came home, called into work, and told them that I wouldn’t be in. Liberty suffered from separation anxiety, and while we’d gotten her mostly through it, I made a promise to her that she would never be alone again. She wasn’t. One week exactly from her ultrasound, I woke up, looked in her eyes, and knew it was time. We carried her into the vet that morning, January 14, 2015. My heart has been broken ever since. — , certified dog trainer & animal behavior consultant

To find an adoptable dog to share a special meal with and learn more about how you can help homeless pets, visit Best Friends Animal Society.

Do you have any stories of special last meals with a beloved pet?

Source

https://www.thekitchn.com/the-last-meal-i-gave-my-dog-228218

The K9 Unit | Police Dogs and How They are Trained

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One of the most fascinating aspects of the police force is without question the police dog and its handler, also called the K9 unit. Canines have been used for security and hunting by humans since Roman times, and were introduced in modern law enforcement well over a hundred years ago. Bloodhounds were reported to have helped in the infamous search for Jack the Ripper in London in 1888, and shortly thereafter, Europeans began training dogs specifically for police work. Since the 1970s, K9 units have become an asset for police departments across the U.S. But where do these majestic beings come from? What can police dogs do? What can’t they do? How are they trained? Are they naturally aggressive or is their aggression calculated? In order to answer some of these questions and get an inside look at what goes into training and maintaining the k9 unit, we visited a local training center called West Michigan K9 and talked with owner, Stephen Parent.

Steve and I began our discussion with a brief overview of his background in dog training. The first time he went bird hunting as a boy, he was amazed by the way man and best friend worked together to catch their prey. Later, when he served in the U.S. Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Steve got the opportunity to work alongside Military Working Dogs (MWDs). Retiring from the service due to an injury, Steve landed a cushy job at Apple working as a Business Manager. In his free time he began experimenting with dog training, and built up a customer base organically by training dogs for friends and family. When his hobby took off, he decided it was time to hang up his suit and become a full-time dog trainer. His co-workers and friends thought he was crazy. But as they say, the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward, and Steve’s plunge into entrepreneurship definitely paid off. 

That was four years ago. Today, West Michigan K9 is booming. The company recently added a brand new training facility and plans to hire an estimated 25 employees by this time next year. A partnership with the military’s out-processing program will offer job opportunities to soldiers with experience in dog handling when they leave the military. This new growth is in response to a recent flood of work from the U.S. Government, where the company will focus most of its efforts moving forward. West Michigan K9 also runs over 25 in-home obedience trainings per week, and their fully trained personal protection dogs are in high demand, with clientele like NASA scientists and A-list celebrities. 

So how does a dog become a police dog? 

Steve explained that police departments can procure K9s in one of two ways. They can buy a “green dog,” which is a 7 to 14 month old dog with basic obedience training. The green dog is sent to a 4-12 week training program accompanied by the officer assigned to it. The other option is for the department to buy a fully trained dog, which goes through similar training with its assigned officer. It all depends on what the dog will be used for, and how much the department is willing to invest. In most cases the officer has worked extremely hard for the privilege of obtaining a K9 partner and has had some sort dog training experience in the past. But building the relationship between the officer and his or her new K9 is one of the most difficult parts of the process, so handler school can be stressful. In most departments the officer and his K9 partner will then have to be certified by an independent organization recognized for patrol, narcotics and/or bomb detection before they are cleared for active duty. 

What does police dog training entail?

Police dogs are trained to either be “single purpose” or “dual purpose” service dogs. Single purpose dogs are mostly used for backup, personal protection and tracking. Dual purpose dogs are more popular and trained to do everything the single purpose dogs do, plus detection of either explosives or narcotics, but never both. The reason the dogs are trained for one or the other is because the dog can’t communicate to the officer what it found, just that it found something. Police protocol for a possible explosive on the premises is much different from that of a narcotic. For example, if the narcotics dog indicates that it found something, the officer has reasonable suspicion to search the bag or vehicle in question without a warrant. If the explosives dog indicates that it found something, the officer’s first priority would be to clear and secure the area, then proceed with bomb threat protocol.

Steve was kind enough to demonstrate a couple different training techniques. 

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This is Steve’s own dog, Whiskey, enacting bite sleeve training, which teaches the dog to show aggression and attack someone who is threatening its owner. Steve walks Whiskey into the room where they are confronted by another trainer, in this case, Jason, making loud noises and acting aggressively. With one command from Steve, Whiskey goes from a calm, confident dog into an aggressive stance and barks loudly with full focus on the threat. On his next order, the dog goes after Jason’s arm, which is protected by the bite sleeve. Whiskey’s grip on Jason’s arm is so strong that Jason can lift him off the ground and spin him around without his jaws releasing.  As soon as Steve says “Aus,” a German word meaning “drop it,” Whiskey disengages Jason and comes back to Steve’s side.  Whiskey remains calm, yet keeps his eyes locked on Jason, awaiting orders until Steve says, “break,” which transforms Whiskey back to a normal dog with a big smile, lolling tongue and wagging tail. Whiskey actually got ahold of the bite sleeve during the last round, and was quite proud of himself!

Why are dogs trained with German commands? 

According to Steve, service dogs are trained in German mostly because it is a somewhat uncommon language (especially in the U.S.), so it gives the owner more control over the dog. Well-trained dogs would most likely not respond to commands from anyone other than their owner anyway, even with the proper terminology, but the German language is used as an extra precaution. Steve presumes that the practice is partially rooted in tradition, since Germany was an early pioneer of service dog training. A large percentage of working dogs still come from German and European breeders because they often have better reputations, and provide lifetime support for their dogs.

How does the k9 unit determine if someone is a true threat? 

Steve calls this the “drunk uncle scenario” and rendered that the dogs learn to read their handler’s body language in order to make their own judgement call. If the handler is relaxed and moving toward the person in question, the dog will also be relaxed. If the handler is tensed and backing up, the dog will read this body language to mean the person is threatening their owner. The dog will focus on the threat and show signs of aggression, either on command, or on its own if it feels the threat is getting too close. However, until the command is given or physical contact is made, the dog will only intimidate the threat rather than engaging.

Steve gave us an example of a road rage incident where someone cut him off and got angry when Steve put his hands up in frustration. Stopping his car, the angry driver got out, yelling obscenities and banging on the hood of Steve’s car, who was so surprised by how quickly the situation escalated that he forgot his dog was even with him. When the angry driver came around to Steve’s open window, the dog launched out of the back seat at him, effectively making the man retreat and run back to his car. 

Are protection dogs trained to be aggressive or can they be loving too?

They can be both, but this is somewhat of a new phenomenon. Steve remembers having the perception growing up that protection dogs were aggressive and not to be kept in the house as a family pet. Having a beautiful wife and daughter of his own, Steve was determined to change that perception and train his dogs to be both–mission accomplished. Personal protection dogs are what “put us on the map,” Steve says. His dogs freely roam the premises, and are nothing but courteous when visitors arrive, unless Steve says otherwise. When we pulled up and got out of the car, the dogs gave us a very warm welcome–a stark contrast to the aggressive behavior we witnessed with the bite sleeve. 

What does it take to become a successful dog handler?

Much of West Michigan K9’s success is attributed to the structure and consistency ingrained in Steve during his military career, which is at the root of his training technique. Stephen continually sharpens his skills by attending first-rate seminars around the world, such as a recent event hosted by Logan Haus Kennels in West Virginia. In his inherently modest fashion, Steve admitted that he was terrified by the rapid pace at which his company is growing, knowing he could fail and lose it all overnight. But he has learned to be comfortable in his fear, and says it keeps him focused. It seems to be working. Just two weeks ago, they successfully taught an 8 week old puppy named Maverick to ignore the smells of hot dogs, tennis balls and birch trees (which apparently dogs love) to sniff out the scent of heroine. He consistently finds the heroine, even when they move the scents around on him. This type of training normally starts with dogs around 8 to 10 months old. Getting a six month jump on detection training is kind of a big deal, as evidenced by the half a million views their Facebook video got in just two weeks. Either Maverick is a puppy genius, or Steve is a training genius. Betting on the latter, Steve plans to start detection training at 8 weeks with all future pups. 

We got to watch this tiny ball of cuteness, now 10 weeks old, perform his task in person.

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*Note that real heroine is not used in this training–just a synthetic scent. 

Are certain breeds or personality traits sought after for working dogs?

West Michigan K9 mostly sticks with two breeds for military and protection work, German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois. Other types of shepherds, as well as labrador retrievers and giant schnauzers, are also common for police work. These breeds are often used for hunting and are popular for police work because of the personality traits common in their bloodlines. Police dogs need to have a natural “ball drive,” meaning that they really like to play fetch. They must be smart, obviously, but they also have to be social because they’ll be regularly interacting with all sorts of different people. Labradors are becoming increasingly popular for border patrol because they are less intimidating to innocent travelers. 

Is gender an important factor? Are police dogs typically spayed or neutered? 

These are hotly debated questions in the service dog industry, and many people have different opinions. In Steve’s experience, both male and female dogs make great service dogs and pick up the training at about the same pace. However, he says that he prefers working with males because they are always “on.” Every dog has their own personality, but Steve has found that his male dogs, bred specifically for service work, are ready for action 100% of the time. His female dogs on the other hand will get stubborn once in a while and decide not to comply. West Michigan K9 does not spay or neuter their dogs, and leaves it up to the purchasing department to decide whether or not to keep the dog’s reproductive organs in tact.

Can a dog flunk out of police dog school? What happens then?

Yes, dogs can flunk out of police dog school, but it is often due to health or injury. If a dog flunks out of training, sometimes it will be reassigned to some other form of service work, like emotional support or assisting a disabled person. If reassignment is not an option, the dog will then be put into a foster home until it finds a forever family. The service dog industry tends to be a pretty tightly knit community, with sprawling networks of people happy to help out a dog in need. It usually takes Steve less than an afternoon to find a new home for a dog.

Do dogs get any training surrounding lights and sirens? 

We had to ask, obviously. The training Steve does at his facility does not cover lights and sirens, but he knows that they come into play during the officer-K9 team training sessions. Dogs pick up on siren tones, just as they pick up on your doorbell at home. They get super excited when they hear the sirens go off because they know it means that they’re going to work. Whiskey definitely seemed excited when Steve showed off the new SoundOff lights he just installed on his truck.

We want to congratulate Steve on his recent graduation from the fire academy, and thank him for volunteering his time to keep our community safe! We also want to give a huge thanks to Steve and his team at West Michigan K9 for giving us such great insight into the process of training police dogs. 

Source

https://www.soundoffsignal.com/k9-unit-police-dogs-how-they-are-trained/

MPs Reject Call To Add Staffies To Dangerous Dogs Act staffiepixabay1Pixabay

MPs have rejected calls from an animal rights charity to add Staffordshire Bull Terriers to the list of banned dog breeds in the UK.

The government debated the matter yesterday, (July 17), following a submitted proposal from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to the government’s consultation on the Dangerous Dogs Act, requesting it to add Staffies to the list.

However, a petition was started which gained over 160,000 signatures urging the government to reject PETA’s recommendation.

Yesterday, MPs debated the issue and rejected PETA’s request. Staffies were not added to the list of banned dog breeds.

PETA were looking to ban Staffies because they’re ‘the most commonly abandoned breed of dog’ and also ‘one of the most abused’, and were therefore looking to limit breeding.

A statement on PETA’s website said:

Staffies are currently flooding UK animal shelters and have become by far the most commonly abandoned breed of dog in the country.

They’re also one of the most abused – in fact, the RSPCA has confirmed that 80 per cent of its cruelty-to-animals prosecutions concern Staffies.

The breed is also the most likely to be abducted and used by criminal gangs for fighting rings or as guard dogs. Given how vulnerable these dogs are to abuse, neglect, and abandonment, why would anyone fight the introduction of legislation that would prevent people from bringing more of them into a world that treats many so cruelly?

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The charity’s statement also points out they’re are not wishing for dogs to be removed from loving homes and responsible pet owners.

The petition against adding Staffies to the Dangerous Dogs Act was started by Steve Quinn, who said Staffies are loving companions, and it was people who created dangerous dogs, not the type of breed.

According to , he said:

Many people in the UK today have the pleasure of owning a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. As one of these people I can recommend them as being loving, loyal and caring, far from dangerous they are great companions.

It would be a terrible tragedy for the dog lovers of the UK to lose the right to own one of these great companions.

We are calling on Parliament to save our Staffies and not have them banned as dangerous dogs, because they are not.

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During the debate, a number of people tweeted their own thoughts surrounding the issue.

One person said:

Hope common sense prevails here… it’s not the dogs that are the problem.. it’s irresponsible owners!!!!!

Hope common sense prevails here… it’s not the dogs that are the problem.. it’s irresponsible owners!!!!!

— Debbie Louise Oates (@Debs113) July 16, 2018

Another person wrote:

It’s irresponsible owners that cause dogs to become dangerous. Bring out some legislation that actually punishes these people!

The poor dogs get put down but the idiotic morons that mistreat them are left free to do it again!

It’s irresponsible owners that cause dogs to become dangerous. Bring out some legislation that actually punishes these people! The poor dogs get put down but the idiotic morons that mistreat them are left free to do it again!

— Jayne Szandrowski (@jayszandrowski) July 16, 2018

While another saw things differently, writing:

Chips and licences don’t stop dogs from biting people! How many more people are going to be attacked or killed before somethings done? [sic]

Chips and licences don’t stop dogs from biting people! How many more people are going to be attacked or killed before somethings done?

— Monty Dodge (@Monty_Blodge) July 16, 2018

The Dangerous Dogs Act was introduced in 1991 to prohibit people from owning certain dogs, which are bred for fighting or present a danger to the public.

The act already includes the pit bull terrier, the Japanese tosa, the Dogo Argentino and Fila Brasileiro.

If you have a story you want to tell, send it to UNILAD via [email protected]

Source

https://www.unilad.co.uk/articles/mps-reject-call-to-add-staffies-to-dangerous-dogs-act/

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