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Holiday Safety Tips- (5 Fourth of July Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe)

Like many Americans, you may be planning a festive 4th of July, complete with barbecue and fireworks. It’s important to remember, fireworks and dogs don’t mix. Unlike people, dogs won’t associate the noise, flashes, and burning smell of pyrotechnics with a celebration. Fireworks will often cause panic and anxiety in dogs. Dogs panic at the […]

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Therapy Dogs In Schools- The Benefits To Students And Teachers Explained

Therapy dogs are canines that are trained to provide comfort and affection to people in retirement homes, nursing homes, hospices, schools, hospitals and disaster areas, and to people with autism. Therapy Dogs work in animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy, typically alongside their owner/handlers who consider them the canines to be their personal pets. Schools across the […]

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Mental Health Service Dogs

Mental health service dogs work with humans who have mental disabilities. They offer support to people facing the challenges of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, panic attacks and, anxiety attacks, among other mental disorders. Mental Health Service Dogs- Mental Illness Mental Illness comes in many forms with many symptoms and signs.  Individuals with mood disorders such as bipolar can […]

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America’s Working Dogs- What Jobs Man’s Best Friend Can Do

Every dog needs a job, whether it’s carrying a backpack on the walk or fetching a ball. It helps boost their self-esteem to feel like they’re contributing to their pack. But some dogs play an important role beyond their immediate human family. They help keep us safe, assist those with disabilities, and manage our livestock. Here’s an […]

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All 50 States Ranked By Animal Protection Laws- Where Your State Ranks May Shock You!

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) released its 11th annual report on animal protection rankings on Tuesday. The longest running and most authoritative report of its  kind, the ALDF assesses the strength of each jurisdiction’s animal protection laws by examining over 4,000 pages of statutes. Each jurisdiction receives a raw score based on fifteen different categories of animal protection. The report then ranks all 50 states jurisdictions by comparing their raw scores. The report also highlights the top, middle, and bottom tiers of jurisdictions and notes the “Best Five”  and “Worst Five” states overall. Across the country, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has largely seen positive changes regarding animal safety. These improvements included: Expanding the range of protections for animals Providing stiffer penalties for offenders Strengthening standards of care for animals Reporting of animal cruelty cases by veterinarians and other professionals Mitigating and recovering costs associated with the care of mistreated animals Requiring mental health evaluations and counseling for offenders Banning ownership of animals following convictions Including animals in domestic violence protective orders Including animal fighting as a RICO (racketeering) offense Specifically prohibiting leaving an animal in a vehicle in an emergency situation, and granting  civilian rescuers immunity after certain steps have been taken   […]

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How To Perform CPR On A Dog

If your dog has a medical emergency and stops breathing, don’t count on being able to make it to the vet’s office in time. Knowing how to perform CPR on a dog can mean the difference between life and death for your beloved pooch, so keep this info graphic in a handy place where you […]

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What Are Therapy Dogs And What Do They Do?

What are Therapy Dogs? Therapy dogs are canines that are trained to provide comfort and affection to people in retirement homes, nursing homes, hospices, schools, hospitals and disaster areas, and to people with autism. Therapy Dogs work in animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy, typically alongside their owner/handlers who consider them the canines to be their personal pets. […]

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Autism Service Dogs and Their Benefits to Children

An autism service dog is a service dog trained to assist an autistic person to help them gain independence and the ability to perform activities of daily living similar to anyone else. For the most part, these dogs are trained to perform tasks similar to those of service dogs for other sensory processing disorders. Many autism service dogs are trained in guide work/obstacle avoidance […]

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Another Kind of Service Dog

USMC Service Dog Earns Highest Military Honor… from the British   The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) has been recognizing the gallantry and bravery of military service animals since World War II. The Dickin Medal, recognized worldwide as the highest honor a military animal can earn receive, is often called the animal version of […]