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How They Find Their Way Home

You get lost, you make your way back with a general sense of direction combined with I recognize that house…I remember passing this post office. And then, of course, theres the map app on your phone, which can guide you anywhere. Your dog gets lost, sometimes many miles from home, and she finds her way back, too. How?

Research Proves It Yet Again: Leaner Dogs Live Longer

Several decades ago, 48 Labrador retrievers were split into two groups at birth and then followed for their entire lives. One group was always fed 25 percent fewer calories than the other. By the end of the study, the group fed less lived for a year and a half to two years longer than the other, on average. The difference: they were ideal body condition as opposed to their moderately overweight counterparts.

Why an Older Dog Might Be a Better Choice

While a brand new car has its attractions, many people have found that a car with some mileage on it runs just as well, has had the kinks worked out, and costs a lot less than a new vehicle. So it goes with dogs. A mature dog usually has plenty of life left. In addition, the behavioral kinks have likely been taken care of, and a mature dog often costs a lot less than a 2- to 3-month-old puppy. The advantages break down as follows.

Are You Up For a Canine Sleepover? It Will Significantly Reduce a Shelter Dogs...

Noise levels in shelters can easily exceed 100 decibels (think jack hammer or power lawn mower), and 6 months of exposure to that amount of noise results in hearing loss for dogs. Shelter dogs are also often confined to small spaces and dont get to interact much either with other dogs or with people, leaving them socially isolated. They sleep less in shelters, too, about 11 hours a day, according to one study, compared with 14 hours a day in a household environment.

When Dogs Reactions to the Mail Carrier Go Beyond Cute

Dogs barking at the mailman are fairly common, but some 6,000 attacks on letter carriers occur each year, according to the U.S. Postal Service, and some are quite serious. Among the cities with the greatest number of attacks: Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Minneapolis. But attacks occur all over the country, involving not just bites but also knocking letter carriers to the ground, sometimes necessitating emergency room visits.

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Why Writing An Obituary For Your Dog May Be a Good Idea

People who lose a dog often experience what social workers have called disenfranchised grief, says veterinarian Karen Fine, a graduate of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts. By which she means that the grief one feels upon losing a pet often is not considered socially acceptable and is given short shrift by others. Youre still upset? people will ask cavalierly, Dr. Fine says. That was a couple of weeks ago. They dont realize that people often have a closer bond with their dog than they do with many of the other loved ones in their lives, caring for their pet every single day and developing a daily rhythm through walking with the animal, feeding her, and being greeted by her when coming home from work.

Saving the World, One Poop Bag At a Time

Americans are starting to get the hang of bringing reusable tote bags to the supermarket so we dont pollute our oceans and landfills with more and more plastic. But dog owners by and large continue to use rolls of plastic poop bags. Its understandable - they're so convenient.

Running with Dogs

While all dogs like to run to a certain degree, some make better running companions than others. Dalmatians, Doberman Pinschers, Labrador and Golden Retrievers tend to make good running partners, as well as herding dog breeds (but they can get easily bored and look for something to herd along the way, such as a car).

Your Dog Wins Prestigious Award

Apparently youve subscribed to the right publication for information on how best to take care of your pet. Your Dog has won an award from the Dog Writers Association of America in the category of best newsletter or newspaper devoted entirely to animals.

Where the Dogs Are

The results are in for which state has the highest proportion of households with dogs - and the winner is Idaho, with 58 percent of homes having at least one, says the American Veterinary Medical Association.

In the Bed With You Or Not?

According to one informal survey, three out of four dog owners allow their pet in bed with them at night. Chances are you do, too. Is it okay?