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Dogs may have been domesticated more than once

Dogs may have been domesticated more than once

For years, scientists have debated where dogs came from. Did wolves first forge their special relationship with humans in Europe, or in Asia? The answer, according to a new study, is yes. This week in Science, researchers report that genetic analysis of hundreds of canines reveals that dogs may have been domesticated twice, once in Asia and once in Europe or the Near East, although European ancestry has mostly vanished from today’s dogs. The findings could resolve a rift that…

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How dogs understand what we say

How dogs understand what we say

Scientists — and anyone who lives with a canine — know that dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices. They listen for whether our tone is friendly or mean, how the pitch goes up or down and even the rhythms in our speech. But what about the meaning of the words we say? Sure, a few studies have reported on super-smart dogs that know hundreds of words. Chaser, a border collie in South Carolina, even learned 1,022…

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Providing military working dogs with high-level veterinary care.

Providing military working dogs with high-level veterinary care.

The AAVMC salutes the canine heroes who served the country at home and at war — and the veterinarians who continue to keep them healthy. It’s not only humans who serve in our nation’s military. There are more than 2,500 military working dogs (MWDs) on duty worldwide and Colonel Bess Pierce, DVM, DABVP, DACVIM, DACVSMR, is one of the veterinarians responsible for their care. MWDs train alongside soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines; they also might parachute out of planes and…

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PTSD and The Dogs of War

PTSD and The Dogs of War

SAN ANTONIO — The call came into the behavior specialists here from a doctor in Afghanistan. His patient had just been through a firefight and now was cowering under a cot, refusing to come out. Apparently even the chew toys hadn’t worked. Post-traumatic stress disorder, thought Dr. Walter F. Burghardt Jr., chief of behavioral medicine at the Daniel E. Holland Military Working Dog Hospital at Lackland Air Force Base. Specifically, canine PTSD. If anyone needed evidence of the front-line role…

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Fama the A$$hole Bomb Dog

Fama the A$$hole Bomb Dog

by David Winners   David Winners and Fama Episode 1 So there I was, 4 years old, sitting on a couch with a Saint Bernard Dog puppy trying to bite my toes. That’s when it all started. Mom was a breeder and trainer of Saints and working breeds for show, sport and work. Dilettante Dad was a mechanical engineer, chef, welder and professional musician. I was now officially hooked on everything dog. That little ball of white and orange fluff…

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German Shepherd lines are genetically different

German Shepherd lines are genetically different

The German Shepherd is the world’s most popular dog breed, with many uses as working dogs, companion dogs, show dogs and pets. The variability of German Shepherds makes the breed an intriguing focus of research for behavioral studies and also raises interesting questions concerning the genetic diversity of the breed as well as the possible differentiation between different breeding lines. These speculations have focused especially on “show lines” and “working lines.” White Shepherd Dogs and Long Haired German Shepherds have…

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Brain Scans Reveal What Dogs Really Think of Us

Brain Scans Reveal What Dogs Really Think of Us

We love our dogs. In the 30,000 years humans and dogs have lived together, man’s best friend has only become a more popular and beloved pet. Today, dogs are a fixture in almost 50% of American households. From the way dogs thump their tails, invade our laps and steal our pillows, it certainly seems like they love us back. But since dogs can’t tell us what’s going on inside their furry heads, can we ever be sure? Actually, yes. Thanks…

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The 9 Biggest Myths About Military Working Dogs

The 9 Biggest Myths About Military Working Dogs

Military working dogs have been thrust into the media spotlight over the last few years, bringing awareness to the critical roles they play in the U.S. armed forces. While once considered “unsung heroes,” multiple books, television shows, and even a military working dog monument have brought attention to their service. However, as with all stories that gain attention, sometimes facts being reported and perpetuated are either slightly inaccurate or even blatantly untrue. To handlers and advocates in the MWD community,…

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Thoughts on Issues and Approaches to Dog Breeding

Thoughts on Issues and Approaches to Dog Breeding

There are a lot of views on breeding working dogs. We do “line breeding” on occasion, we are generally against inbreeding as we think it causes far more damage than advantage, especially several generations down the road. In cases where a breed has a limited gene pool to start with, it can eventually lead to serious destruction of the breed. In simple terms trying to replicate the same dog over and over again is neither really possible, nor is it…

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