Who calls the shots in your house? Who’s the leader of the pack when it comes to taking charge? Are you or your dog the ‘alpha dog’ in your household? Some pet owners feel the need for control, thinking that ‘dominance training’ is an important step in teaching your dog who’s the boss.
By now everyone should know about the Jamaican bobsled team that first went to the Olympics in 1988 and whose story was told in the movie Cool Runnings. But did you know that there is also a Jamaican dogsled team? It is hard to imagine a team of sled dogs and mushers training under the tropical sun for snowy competitions, but it is true.
By now, most folks know about therapy dogs assisting returning vets. There’s even a special day of acknowledgment. The first annual National Therapy Animal Day was introduced by the non-profit ‘Pet Partners’ on May 18, 2015. Of recent date, there are so many comfort dogs taking passenger seats on airplanes that controversy has arisen as to how many of these flying dogs are truly registered and trained comfort dogs?
Ceasar, the five-year-old camel, and Dolly, the ten-year-old blind mare, may be an unlikely duo, but they are bonded for life and have been ever since they "met" at the Pony X-Press petting Zoo in Winslow, Maine.
The role of service dogs is always expanding. Read on for more about Merel, the 18-month-old Labrador-Bernese-Mountain Dog mix and her handler, Rachel Crawford, who helps calm children who must testify in Canada's courts.