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Food Guarding. Introduction Guarding possessions from humans or other animals is normal behavior for dogs.

Food Guarding

Wild animals who successfully protect their valuable resources—such as food, mates and living areas—are more likely to survive in the wild than those who don’t. However, we find the tendency to guard valued items undesirable in our domestic pets, especially when the behavior is directed toward people. Resource guarding in dogs can range from relatively benign behavior, like running away with a coveted item or growling at an approaching person, to full-blown aggression, such as biting or chasing a person away. Some dogs only direct resource guarding toward certain people, often strangers. In many cases, food guarding doesn’t need to be treated. Acupuncture Works! (Just as Well as Fake Acupuncture Anyway) The evidence has been accumulating for some time that acupuncture is an elaborate and very potent placebo that can effectively make subjective symptoms better without actually influencing the underlying disease.

Acupuncture Works! (Just as Well as Fake Acupuncture Anyway)

I have written about a number of studies illustrating this (e.g. 1, 2), and a new one has recently been published. Rana S. Hinman; Paul McCrory; Marie Pirotta; et al. Acupuncture for Chronic Knee Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2014;312(13):1313-1322. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.12660. This study compared “real” acupuncture using needles and lasers with sham laser acupuncture and a no treatment group. Analyses showed neither needle nor laser acupuncture significantly improved pain (mean difference; ? Such studies clearly show that while acupuncture might make you feel better temporarily, via the placebo effect, it does not produce a real or lasting improvement. From the JREF Swift Blog- Alternative Medicine & Placebo Effects: In Pets? Why Some People Should Never Be Allowed to Adopt a Shelter Dog.

Rocky When we adopt a shelter dog, we make a lifelong commitment.

Why Some People Should Never Be Allowed to Adopt a Shelter Dog

The dog we adopt may have been hit by a car, neglected and left starving in a backyard, raced, kicked and beaten and now fearing human contact, or surrendered by the only family and home he or she has ever known. These are not reasons to not adopt shelter dogs; these are the reasons we should adopt shelter dogs instead of supporting pet stores with dogs from cruel puppy mills or profit-driven breeders who unnecessarily contribute to overpopulation problems.

Erin Auerbach’s harmful Washington Post article “Why I’d never adopt a shelter dog again” (intentionally not hyperlinked to prevent an increase in your blood pressure) fails to recognize several key points: Animal Spirit. Abcnews.go. Jul 30, 2013 5:59pm ABC News With all the ball-chasing, tails wagging and playful barking, a day at the office of URBN is truly for the dogs.

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For Emily Netter, who works in bridal attire for the company’s BHLDN subsidiary, the workday includes having her Brittany spaniel, Riley, right by her side. “It’s kind of nice throughout the day just to peek down and that’s what I see: Riley being cute, Riley taking a nap, Riley checking out a new gown,” Netter said. “He kind of brings a positive energy to our little area. URBN, an apparel company in Philadelphia, is just one of a growing number of businesses that allows its employees to bring their dogs to work. Tips to Follow Before You Take Your Dog to Work Staffers said the the move “boosts morale.” 11 Pet-Friendly Workplaces. You're automatically signed up for the Inc.

11 Pet-Friendly Workplaces

Wire, so you never miss a single day's most important news, tips, or ideas. Roll over the name of the other Inc. newsletters to see how you can get great Inc. articles on the topics that matter most to you. The news-from all over the web-entrepreneurs need to know now. 10 dog-friendly companies: Working like a dog. Exotic Pets. Photograph by Vincent J.

Exotic Pets

Musi All across the nation, in Americans’ backyards and garages and living rooms, in their beds and basements and bathrooms, wild animals kept as pets live side by side with their human owners. It’s believed that more exotic animals live in American homes than are cared for in American zoos. The exotic-pet business is a lucrative industry, one that’s drawn criticism from animal welfare advocates and wildlife conservationists alike.

How Are Dog Bites Like Tetris? I admit, friends, that I am secretly a video game addict.

How Are Dog Bites Like Tetris?

I don't get to play often, but I've been known to spend far more hours than I should absorbed in a great game. One of the first games I fell in love with was Tetris (surprising since I'm usually a quest game devotee). I assume that most of you know about Tetris, but to clarify, it's basically a timed jigsaw puzzle. Pieces fall from the top of the screen and players must manipulate these pieces to create solid lines. When you clear a line, you gain points and the line disappears, leaving more screen room for new lines. I often tell clients to think of dog bites like losing in Tetris. All dogs, whether they are defined by owners or behavior professionals as "reactive," "aggressive," and yes, even "friendly" can and will bite. Bites are usually caused by an accumulation of stressors. Stressors vary in individual dogs.

Interpreting Your Dog's Barking. Though your dog won't "talk" to you in English, you can interpret both her intentions and immediate desires if you know what to listen for.

Interpreting Your Dog's Barking

The following table outlines the range of sounds dogs make, providing you with a human translation and the moods behind every utterance. Overall, a low pitch indicates a more dominant or threatening stance, whereas a high pitch conveys just the opposite — insecurity and fear. A dog whose pitch or vocalization varies is emotionally conflicted. Unsure and unable to properly interpret a situation, this dog needs a lot of direction and interference to feel secure. Table: Barking Interpreted Dogs Glossary.