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Jacey Birch: From Pet Lover To Animal Advocate

Since I was a tiny tyke growing up in Miami, I had a hobby of helping animals, whether it was saving a squirrel that fell out of a tree, or finding a feral cat a home off the streets, or bringing stray dogs home for my parents as presents. Even during visits to a family farm in Alabama, I proudly picked piglets out of a cotton field, rescuing them from the scorching sun while letting one of them call my grandma’s house his new home. I named him Arnold. There were many more names, many more animals, and a heart

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Science Catches Up To Cesar

By Jon Bastian One of Cesar’s core principals of dog psychology is that they are pack animals and the pack has a hierarchy of leaders and followers. Cesar came to this conclusion over years of working with packs of dogs and observing their behavior. However, critics of Cesar’s methods say that this theory of dog behavior is outdated and based on captive wolves. Science is catching up to Cesar, though, and a recent study done by researchers from Oxford University, Eötvös University, Budapest and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) shows that a pack of dogs does, in fact, have

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Does Your Dog Love You?

By Juliana Weiss-Roessler If you believe that your dog truly loves you, are you right? Or is this just another way that we humanize our pets? It may not come as a surprise, but research confirms what most of us know from experience: dogs do experience feelings of love and affection. Yes, dogs rely on us for food and security, but they also look to us for social comfort and bonding. A team of scientists at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, trained over a dozen dogs to be comfortable around and in an MRI scanner, and they discovered that a

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Titanic Love Of Dogs: The NFL’s Kamerion Wimbley

Kamerion Wimbley began his professional career with the Cleveland Browns right out of Florida State University, also playing for the Oakland Raiders before joining the Tennessee Titans in 2012. He retired in 2015. But Wimbley isn’t just about football, as we found out when we interviewed him recently. Like Cesar, he is a huge animal lover and advocate, and also has a special place in his heart for pit bulls. Here’s what he had to tell us. * * * Have you always loved dogs or animals in general? Where do you think that comes from? I’ve had a love

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‘Citizen Canine’ — How Wild Dogs Became Our Faithful Companions

In David Grimm’s new book “Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs,” the award-winning journalist and online news editor of Science traces the journey of dogs and cats from wild animals to family members, both in our homes and in the eyes of the law. We talked to him about recent developments in understanding dogs’ minds, how our relationships with them have gotten to where they are, and where things may be headed in the future. How did the idea for the book come about? I have always been interested in animals. I wanted to be a veterinarian

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Nickelodeon USA Premieres Brand-New Preschool Series ‘Mutt & Stuff’

Get ready for a barking good time! Nick Jr. USA has announced on the homepage of their official website, nickjr.com, the exciting Nickelodeon Preschool news that Nickelodeon USA will be premiering and showing a brand-new one-hour special of the networks upcoming brand-new live-action preschool series “Mutt & Stuff” on Friday, march 6, at 1:30 p.m. ET/PT! “Mutt & Stuff” (20 episodes) is a live-action preschool series produced by Sid and Marty Krofft. Set in a unique school for dogs, the series stars Calvin Millan, son of Cesar Millan, interacting with a cast of real dogs and puppets. “Mutt & Stuff” is

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Jada Pinkett Smith Takes The Lead

Among the unexpected benefits of adopting Cesar’s training principles: finding the love of your life. Or so says Jada Pinkett Smith, who credits Cesar with helping to build her self-confidence to the point that, when she met Will Smith more than a dozen years ago, she knew she was ready for a long-term partnership. “I had a bunch of failed relationships before,” says Jada. She blames some of the breakups on a failure to focus, and others on not paying enough attention to the worlds of her suitors. Enter Cesar. They were introduced through a mutual friend with two Rottweilers.

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Freedom Of Bark

As dog owners, we often get frustrated with the lack of communication we have with our dogs. But even without a common language between human and canine, our dogs say an awful lot to us through their bark alone. So imagine if that sole vocal form of communication was taken away. In an effort to give a voice back to the dogs, Massachusetts passed bill H.B. 344, known as “Logan’s Law,” that bans the controversial de-barking procedure without a diagnosed medical purpose. While several states have attempted similar legislation, including California, New Jersey, and Ohio, Massachusetts has set the precedent

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Owning A Dog May Help Prevent Your Child From Developing Asthma

A dog may be more than just a household pet — a new study suggests that they could be good for the health of your child as well. According to research conducted by the University of California, having a dog may help to prevent your baby from developing asthma. The study, led by Dr. Kei Fujimura, found that pet dander from household dogs can actually work to strengthen a child’s immune system, and can help protect infants with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) from developing asthma down the road. Fujimura and her team took dust from homes with dogs and fed

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How Jillian Michaels’s Dogs Keep Her Grounded

Jillian Michaels is no stranger to Cesar’s Way. The A-list trainer had Cesar help one of her dogs learn to coexist with her horse on an episode of “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan” and has weighed in on important article topics, such as ways to incorporate your dog into your weight-loss routine. In addition to whipping people into shape and promoting a nutritious diet, Michaels is an avid dog lover. She currently owns three dogs, all of which she rescued from local animal shelters. We caught up with Michaels to discuss her favorite dog trick, funniest dog blooper (she shared

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