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By TRACY STAEDTER It's all starting to make sense. For years I wondered why my dog spins in a circle before depositing her daily double. But now I think I have a clue as to why. Scientists at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague have found that, like other animals, dogs are sensitive to Earth's magnetism. Credit: Thinkstock Dogs prefer to do their duty with their bodies aligned along the north-south axis, particularly under calm magnetic field conditions, report Hynek Burda, et al. in a study published in the Frontiers of Zoology. The field can fluctuate and I can't help but wonder if it's on those unstable days that my dog circles round and round like a housefly on a...

Sometimes people have to learn their lessons the hard and stinky way. That was the case for irresponsible dog owners living in the Spanish town of Brunete, according to Gawker. The town teamed up with ad agency McCann Erickson to tackle the problem of the insane amount of unattended dog poop that careless owners leave in the streets. The campaign involved sending volunteers out to find the canine-poop culprits. After spotting an offending owner, the volunteers would engage in conversation with the person to learn more about his or her dog. They would then collect the poop, place it in a box and send it back to its owner marked as "lost property." ...

The Importance of Picking Up Poop

I've been playing phone tag with a friend recently. I guess it's not too surprising considering that we're all especially busy this time of year and she has a newborn (and four older children) in the house. I am hoping we get in touch with each other soon, though. She wants advice about coming up with a deworming protocol for her puppy and cats. She's worried (and so am I) about the possibility that her pets could pass parasites on to her kids. My two biggest concerns are hookworms (Ancylostoma spp.) and roundworms (Toxocara spp.). Here's what the Centers for Disease control has to say about the zoonotic potential (the ability of animal diseases to spread to people) of these two...

Anna Westhoff Each week, Ben Westhoff shares the ups and downs of owning Pippi, the dalmatian mix he and his wife Anna adopted as a puppy in late 2009. Anna wrote this week's column. Ben and I may live in the suburbs, but we don't have our own enclosed yard for Pippi to do her business. Instead, we give her plenty of walks around the neighborhood, to give her the opportunity for what I like to call her "daily constitutionals." Ben is pretty disciplined about keeping Pippi on the sidewalk, but I often let her sniff around front lawns, under hedges and along tree-trunks. She just seems to love being outside so much; her tail whips to and fro when she finds a scent she likes! Sometimes,...

Getty Meet Mary Burch, American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Director and Paw Nation's expert columnist addressing your questions on animal behavior. Dr. Burch has over 25 years of experience working with dogs, and she is one of fewer than 50 Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists based in the United States. She is the author of 10 books, including the new official book on the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program, "Citizen Canine: 10 Essential Skills Every Well-Mannered Dog Should Know." I've heard that you can train a puppy to urinate and poop on command. Is that true? I am about to start visiting shelters to adopt a dog, and want to know how I would go about this sort of...

Rounding up our favorite animal stories, photos, and videos on the Web each week! Zebras: Hippo Dentists? A Zebra DDS recently used its mouth to give a teeth cleaning to a hippo. Gives a new definition to "open wide." [via Dailymail.co.uk] Iditarod Reunion Hearts were warmed in Alaska's icy climate when a sled-dog that had been missing for four days was reunited with his worried owner. [via Dogster] Flying Fish It's raining fish! Hallelujah, it's raining fish! In Worcester, England, a live fish fell from the sky and was rescued. [via People Pets] Poop-Scoopers Unite! A new Chicago blog is taking on those who don't pick up...

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