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Do's and Don'ts of Recall Training

By Pat Sullivan I sometimes wonder if "dog-sledding" was invented when some Eskimos gave up trying to train their dogs to come when called and tied them to their sleds instead. Okay, just kidding! But seriously, if we don't train our dogs to come when we call them, we may have to treat them as hostages! Credit: Getty Creative I think we all must know at least one person who has to watch the open front door or yard gate like a hawk when the dog is nearby lest Fluffy make a break for it and fail to return. Having a dog who comes immediately when you call him is sometimes a happy accident of nature. More often, it's the product of lengthy training, repetition and rewards. But before you...

PARIS - There is the riddle of the Bermuda Triangle. The unresolved identity of Jack the Ripper. The enigma of how the Universe developed beyond a quark-gluon soup following the Big Bang. And then there is the Sheepdog Mystery. Credit: Getty Creative A puzzle that has niggled mathematical minds for years, the Mystery is this: how does a single dog get so many selfish sheep to move so efficiently in the same direction? The answer, revealed on Tuesday in a journal published by Britain's prestigious Royal Society, is that sheepdogs cleverly follow a simple rulebook. Researchers fitted highly accurate GPS tracking devices into backpacks that were then placed on a trained Australian Kelpie...

Spritzing dogs with a "pig perfume" helps prevent them from barking incessantly, jumping frantically on house guests and from engaging in other unwanted behaviors, according to new research. Credit: Thinkstock The eau de oink, aka "Boar Mate" or "Stop That," was formulated by Texas Tech scientist John McGlone, who was looking for a way to curb his Cairn terrier Toto's non-stop barking. One spritz of the pig perfume seemed to do the trick in an instant without harming his dog. RELATED: 10 Best Sniffers in the Animal Kingdom "It was completely serendipitous," McGlone, who works in the university's Animal and Food Sciences department of the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, said...

10 Ways Animals Are Just Like Us

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What things are necessary to provide a healthy life for your dog? Most owners would answer nutrition, regular vaccinations, parasite control, and regular veterinary exams. Few, if any, would answer socialization. But socialization is a key to the overall wellness and health of dogs. Credit: Getty Creative Improperly socialized dogs risk their own health, pose an injury risk to others, and often jeopardize the ability to provide ideal medical care when it is needed. Here are four reasons why socialization should be a part of a dog wellness program. Fear and Its Unhealthy Hormones Poorly socialized dogs are fearful of unusual or new circumstances. This sets off neurological signals that...