Pudgy Pups

FattyDogIs your dog a little or a lot on the pudgy side?

Perhaps it’s time to think about an easy way to reduce your dog’s daily calorie intake and help return them to the fit athlete they were always meant to be?

Most dogs that are overweight are bored and often because they just don’t get enough exercise, and when this happens they often become obsessed with eating because this is the highlight of their day.

Try this to help those hungry pups lose excess weight and get healthier…

Replace some of your dog’s regular mealtime portions with crunchy green beans, and if they aren’t too keen on eating them uncooked, try steaming lightly before cutting them into pieces and adding into their food.

Low calorie green beans will give your dog an added burst of healthy plant fibre, plus vitamin C, K and manganese, and the beans will help to fill them up without the calories.

Asia Moore
Author & Dog Whisperer
75+ dog breed books & counting!

Pothead Poodles?

Marijuana2-300x284What do you think about the following article that recently appeared in Reuters?

“A Nevada lawmaker proposed a bill in the state legislature on Tuesday that would grant ailing pets access to medical marijuana.

The measure, put forward by Democrat Tick Segerblom, would let owners obtain the drug for their animals if a veterinarian confirmed it ” may mitigate the symptoms or effects” of a chronic or debilitating medical condition.

The proposed bill also includes provisions related to medical marijuana use among humans, including new regulations for dispensaries and dropping penalties for motorists found driving with the drug in their system.

The proposal comes as a growing number of U.S. states have relaxed marijuana laws. Nevada is one of 23 states where medical marijuana is legal, and voters have approved the drug for recreational use in four states and Washington, D.C.

Public opinion has also shifted dramatically toward legalizing marijuana in recent years. Some 46 percent of Americans support full legalization of marijuana, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.” ~ (Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

How does the above jive with the animal poison hotline which states that Marijuana is poisonous to our dogs and cats? 

Our fur friends can be adversely affected just by the second hand smoke, let alone when curious pets eat products that irresponsible owners leave lying around. The poison hotline indicates that a pet suffering from THC poisoning should be taken for immediate medical treatment.

I would certainly not want to subject any fur friend in my care to the long list of adverse side effects associated with inhaling the smoke or eating any products laced with THC that could cause death, and which the Pet Poison Helpline says include:

•    Severe depression
•    Walking drunk
•    Lethargy
•    Coma
•    Low heart rate
•    Low blood pressure
•    Respiratory depression
•    Dilated pupils
•    Coma
•    Hyperactivity
•    Vocalization
•    Seizures

Perhaps this Nevada lawmaker is more concerned with soliciting votes of the Mary Jane public by appealing to those who also have pets in the home.

Asia Moore
, Author & Dog Whisperer
75+ dog breed book and counting!


Stray Dog Revenge!

straydogrevenge3-500x413“You don’t kick a dog and get away with it.

At least not a stray dog with several friends who’ve got his back!

When a man came home to his apartment in southwest China and found a stray dog sleeping in his parking spot, he kicked the dog, parked his car as usual, and went inside.

The dog, having had his sleeping spot taken and been kicked, walked away – or so it seemed to a neighbor who witnessed the exchange.

But, a short time later, the dog returned, with a couple of friends in tow, and took revenge on the man’s car.

And, it’s awesome. See? They even ripped off the windshield wipers!

In all, the dogs did hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars in damage to the dog-kicker’s car.

We hope he learned a lesson.

Think twice before hurting an animal.

None of the dogs have returned to the scene since destroying the car.” ~ Dogington Post (photo by Rex)

^..^ Asia Moore
Author and Dog Whisperer
P.S. “Helping prevent many particular dog problems,
no matter what the particular breed”.

(75+ dog breed books & counting!)

Dr. Dog More Accurate than Tech

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“A trained scent dog accurately identified whether patients’ urine samples had thyroid cancer or were benign (noncancerous) 88.2 percent of the time, according to a new study, to- be presented Friday at the Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego…

Bodenner’s colleague at UAMS and a study-coauthor, Arny Ferrando, PhD, previously “imprinted,” or scent-trained, a rescued male German Shepherd-mix named Frankie to recognize the smell of cancer in thyroid tissue obtained from multiple patients. Ferrando, who noted that dogs have at least 10 times more smell receptors than humans do, said, “Frankie is the first dog trained to differentiate benign thyroid disease from thyroid cancer by smelling a person’s urine.”

In this study, 34 patients gave a urine sample at their first visit to the university thyroid clinic before they went on to have a biopsy of suspicious thyroid nodules and surgery. The surgical pathology result was diagnosed as cancer in 15 patients and benign thyroid disease in 19. These urine samples were presented, by a gloved dog handler, one at a time to Frankie to sniff. Neither the dog handler nor the study coordinator, who recorded the dog’s responses after the handler announced them, knew the cancer status of the 34 urine samples.

The handler interspersed some urine samples that had a known cancer status so he could reward the dog for correct answers: alerting to a cancer sample by lying down, and turning away from a benign sample to alert the absence of cancer.

The dog’s alert matched the final surgical pathology diagnosis in 30 of the 34 study samples, the investigators reported. The sensitivity, or true-positive rate, was 86.7 percent, meaning Frankie correctly identified nearly 87 percent of the pathology-proven thyroid cancers. The specificity–the true-negative rate–was 89.5 percent, which meant Frankie knew that a benign sample was actually benign almost 9 of every 10 times. There were two false-negative results and two false-positives using canine scent detection.

Bodenner said they plan to expand their program by collaborating with Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, Alabama. The veterinary school reportedly will dedicate two of its bomb-sniffing dogs to become trained thyroid cancer-sniffing dogs using UAMS patient samples…” ~ Science Daily

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Asia Moore
Author and Dog Whisperer

What’s in a Dog Breed?

SamDrewLilyGracieBoris12Mar11“If you think those “perfect” pooches at dog shows are the shining examples of their breeds, think again.

A massive study of more than 80,000 individual dogs reveals there’s actually a lot of behavioral variation within any given breed, particularly when it comes to aggression.

“There is no other breed or species of animal with such a wide variety of appearance and behavior,” says Dr. James Serpell, an animal behaviorist at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Interaction of Animals & Society.
That variety in behavior is mostly man-made: Dog breeding practices developed to highlight certain behaviors or traits that humans found useful.

In the early days, that usually meant identifying dogs who were well-suited for herding, hunting and other work. But in the mid-19th century, there was a shift in breeding interests toward appearance and aesthetic. This was the beginning of a canine career change for many existing breeds.

“The fundamental purpose of dogs now is just to provide people with companionship,” Serpell says. “But then, a lot of these breeds still show those original behavioral predispositions to do particular things.”

That’s evident at the recently-held Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, where we’re encouraged to judge dogs and their behavior using stereotypes based solely on dog breed. Beagles are pack dogs bred to hunt; terriers are hardwired to dig for small rodents; border collies are consummate sheep herders.

Serpell wants to know just how deeply ingrained those behaviors aret, but trying to gather data on domestic dogs led to a problem. “The behavior of dogs is difficult to study because they live in people’s houses where you can’t really observe them,” he says.

So he created C-BARQ, an online tool that lets dog owners dish on the behavior of their pets. Owners volunteer the information through a detailed survey that asks them how their dogs respond to different stimuli in their environment.
With more than 80,000 responses, C-BARQ may be the world’s largest collection of behavioral data on dogs. The information is yielding clear profiles and patterns, particularly regarding aggressive behavior.

Between 10 percent and 15 percent of dogs can show very high levels of aggression, Serpell says, while 20 or 30 percent show no aggression.

Pit bulls and Akitas, popular breeds for fighting and guard dog duty, show serious aggression toward other dogs. But the title for most aggressive overall actually goes to tiny dachshunds, which display heightened aggression toward dogs, strangers and even their owners.

Serpell says the C-BARQ data paints a more complex picture than expected, even within breeds. So judging a dog based solely on its breed overlooks one of the most important aspects of its behavior: The influence of its owner and environment.

“[Dogs] perceive signals from us that we’re not even aware we’re giving,” he says. “Little attributes of personality we may have, probably change the way they typically behave. It’s unendingly interesting to me.” ~ Robert Boos, Science, Tech & Environment

P.S. After some 40 years of experience, I believe that any problems with dogs is a direct result of the human, albeit usually well meaning, often damaging influence.

It’s my personal opinion that there is no “probably” involved in the way dogs behavior is influenced by us humans…it’s a definitely.

Asia Moore, Author & Dog Whisperer
70+ breed specific books & counting!