DiggityDog Digest #9

Diet, Health & Research

AKC Canine Health Foundation to Study Cannabidiol to Treat Drug Resistant Epilepsy in Dogs – Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder of dogs, and will affect dogs of pure- and mixed breeds.

Genetics of Canine Personality Traits – Dogs’ personalities play a major role in their ability to function as our companions as well as to carry out a variety of tasks as working dogs, it’s important to understand the contribution of genetics on behavior.

Moving Closer to Immunotherapy for Canine Cancer – Veterinary oncology could be getting a step closer to using immunotherapy, given the safety and efficacy of a newly identified canine chimeric monoclonal antibody.

Water for Dogs: The Type of Water Your Dog Drinks Matters – Not all water for dogs is created equal. Water types, which are safe — and best — for your canine friend.

Human Health Benefits & Companionship

The Chill Dogs Tasked With Keeping Travelers Relaxed At LAX – Chihuahuas, pit bulls, poodles, French bulldogs–Los Angeles International Airport is making a lot of changes to terminals and planning a major overhaul to make getting in and out of the airport less stressful.

Inmates And Shelter Pets Find Strength In Each Other – Rocket and Nabi, a 20-pound version of a chocolate lab and a fluffy white cotton ball of a dog, were the first two “Peace Creatures” brought into the jail as part of a new therapy dog program.

Search and Rescue Dogs Overcome Travel Stress to Save Human Lives – Researchers studied nine Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) dogs. The dogs were put on a helicopter for a 30-minute flight, and then completed a standardized search exercise immediately upon landing.

Why Dogs Are Good for Our Health – When we’re with our dogs, our stress levels decrease, leaving us more relaxed and able to deal with life in ways that aren’t harmful to our health.

Islam Does Not Frown Upon Dogs—Contrary To Popular Belief – A long history of positive interactions between Muslims and dogs that goes back to the religion’s very beginnings.

For the Love of Farm Dogs – They guard. They herd. One even weeds. Meet nine hardworking canine companions—and their humans.

Behavior & Training

Dogs Have Feelings—here’s How We Know – Do our pets love us—or just the treats we give them?

Why Nice Dogs Bite – Picture this: You’re alone on an elevator and a very large man gets on. The door closes and the man approaches you and starts putting his hands all over your body. What do you do? Tell him to stop? Scream? Fight back? It’s terrifying, right?

 Tails of Interest

Frida the Mexican Rescue Dog Is Saving Lives – In her long career, this Labrador retriever has rescued 53 people, 12 of whom were in life-threatening situations following the 8.1 magnitude quake in Oaxaca. Now, with people trapped amid the debris of the recent quake in Mexico City, Frida is trying to stem the death toll alongside her fellow rescue workers.

A Windy Night among Strangers — Human, Canine and Otherwise – One nervous pooch urinated on the floor. Another two tiny breeds growled at each other. And the fierce looking Doberman turned out to be among the gentlest of the whole bunch.

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