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The Dogs of War

The Dogs of War

The Dogs of War Out in front of America’s troops, combat canines and their handlers lead the way onto the most dangerous battlefields on Earth. By Michael Paterniti Marine Corporal Jose Armenta in his tent on the night before getting blown up in Afghanistan. He jokes with Mulrooney and Berry and the medic the guys have nicknamed “Christ.” He feeds and waters his dog, Zenit, a sable-coat German shepherd. He lets Buyes, who will be dead in three months, ruffle…

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The Gift of Failure

The Gift of Failure

That doesn’t sound right does it? It is. I will keep this brief. The Gift of Failure Let me explain. You see, when you fail at something, you receive a gift. A lot of people don’t see it that way. They figure, hmm, I failed. I’m done because it’s too hard or, I can’t make it like it was or, “insert excuse here.” To a degree they’re right. It IS hard, it probably will NOT be exactly the same as…

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Why Title A Dog

Why Title A Dog

Not just a brag, not just a stepping stone to a higher title, not just an adjunct to competitive scores, a title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honor the dog, an ultimate memorial. It will remain in record and in memory for as long as anything in this world can remain. Few humans will do as well or better in that regard. And though the dog itself doesn’t know or care that its…

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Dogs Do Not Like People Who Are Mean To Their Owners

Dogs Do Not Like People Who Are Mean To Their Owners

Tokyo (AFP) – Dogs do not like people who are mean to their owners, Japanese researchers said Friday, and will refuse food offered by people who have snubbed their master. The findings reveal that canines have the capacity to co-operate socially — a characteristic found in a relatively small number of species, including humans and some other primates. Researchers led by Kazuo Fujita, a professor of comparative cognition at Kyoto University, tested three groups of 18 dogs using role plays…

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Working Dogs and Dogs from Working Breeds are not the same.

Working Dogs and Dogs from Working Breeds are not the same.

Working Dogs and Dogs from Working Breeds are not the same. There is a strong tendency to confuse working dogs and dogs from working dog breeds.This article is written in the hope of shedding some light on the situation. We will start with a bit of background on the breeding of dogs, and how genetics and environment affect what a dog will or can become. The genetic difference between a Chihuahua and a German shepherd is a fraction of a…

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Anthropomorphism. A mistake in the making

Anthropomorphism. A mistake in the making

Anthropomorphism Why its necessary to remember that dogs are dogs and people are people. I “love” my dogs, the amount of enjoyment and interaction I have with them is a major part of my life. While at Siam Crown we gravitate towards training working dogs, I appreciate the dog as a full time companion both in the house and in the field. I do however remember that a dog is a dog! The term anthropomorphism means “to assign emotions or…

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Of Decoys and Helpers

Of Decoys and Helpers

Decoys and Helpers are common in a wide range of dog sports and for tactical dogs. The term is used interchangeably, and in most dog sports regardless of name the function is the same. For many people just starting out in either dog training or dog sports the function of a helper is not always well understood. Many people starting on protection training tend to think of a Helper or Decoy as a target, this is not only incorrect but…

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Some thoughts and reflections on how to choose the right working dog for you.

Some thoughts and reflections on how to choose the right working dog for you.

We get asked many questions about what dog is the right dog for schutzhund or protection and security work. We also get many opinions on the subject from a variety of people. The issue of choice of dog is often thought of in terms of the breed of dog, and of course this is the subject of exhaustive debate and passion. Assuming that the breed one is looking at has the necessary temperament and work capabilities, the issue revolves around…

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Difference between “Sports protection” and Protection Dogs

Difference between “Sports protection” and Protection Dogs

CONFUSION BETWEEN SPORTS WORKING DOGS AND PROTECTION DOGS?? The definition of a sports working dog versus a protection dog is an area that always sparks controversy. The following reflects our view and is by no means definitive. It is also not intended to be a complete summary of working dog sports, but is intended to give a brief view of the sports working dog as opposed to a police or protection dog. There are a number of recognized working dog…

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Dogs Exploit The Parent-Child Bonding Mechanism To Make You Love Them

Dogs Exploit The Parent-Child Bonding Mechanism To Make You Love Them

Have you ever gazed into your dog’s eyes and sensed a remarkably strong connection – almost as if that little fur ball were your child? The results of a newly published study could help explain why this is — and how dogs evolved from wild wolves into the domesticated companions we know (and love) today.Photo Credit: Tony Hammond via flickr | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0In this week’s issue of Science, researchers led by Miho Nagasawa of Azabu University report that when…

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