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Why Are Dogs’ Noses Wet?

For many dog owners, it’s one of life’s greatest joys: You enter a room and immediately your pooch is at your side and shoving his face into you, sniffing away with his cold, wet nose. It’s something that should probably feel disgusting, but instead it’s wonderful and endearing to have that slimy little thing all up in your business. Have you ever wondered why dogs’ noses are wet, though? Your nose works perfectly fine dry, so what’s up with their sniffers? It turns out that there are many reasons for those wet noses — and a big misconception about what

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Cesar Millan

It All Makes Scents

Three years ago today, humans did something amazing. After a trip of nearly eleven years, the European Space Agency put a probe in orbit around a comet and placed a lander on that comet. Okay, that lander, Philae, didn’t quite end up the way it was supposed to, but it was still an impressive feat. That probe had to travel 310 million miles to get precisely to an object only 2.5 miles across — only slightly wider than Manhattan at its widest point. But that’s one of the things that humans do. We explore. Of course, we have to build

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Cesar Millan

Louder Than Words

“Are you ready?” It’s a simple enough sentence, isn’t it? But, on paper, it’s impossible to tell the intention. Is the speaker happy, angry, excited, impatient, or something else? It could be a hopeful question between two people who are about to walk down the aisle together, or a complaint from someone who’s tired of always being late because of their spouse. One human skill that many people are not the greatest at is listening. Yes, we may hear all of the words, but we don’t always hear the intention correctly. Fortunately, this is yet another area where our dogs

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10 Principles for Achieving Balance

Principle 6 For Achieving Balance: Nose, Eyes, Ears

The 4th Natural Dog Law tells us that a dog’s senses form her reality. She perceives the world through her nose, eyes, and ears (in that order). That’s very different from our human way of eyes, ears and nose. That means if we’re not thoughtful in the way we meet and approach dogs, we can easily breach dog etiquette ‘ possibly sparking unwanted behavior. ‘Nose, eyes, ears’ helps us mind our dog manners. When humans meet for the first time, we make eye contact and often exchange a handshake or hug. It’s very direct and face-to-face. But if two strange

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The Seeing Eye

Since 1929, The Seeing Eye® (TSE) in Morristown, NJ has been training the visually impaired and dogs to work with one another as partners, helping to maintain active lifestyles. On their 60-acres of land in the Washington Valley, 325 dogs reside and train to be seeing-eye dogs.  The process of matching a guide dog with its new owner begins from puppyhood.  All of the dogs used at The Seeing Eye are bred within the program.  In order to sustain a healthy and genetically monitored group of guide dogs, The Seeing Eye maintains a selected group of German shepherds, Labrador retrievers,

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Dog Owner Alerted To Breast Cancer By Canine Companion

womanRemember the Golden Retriever who gave his owner the Heimlich maneuver and saved her from choking? Or Maureen Burns, who in 2009 made the news when her Collie mix named Max started acting out of character by moving around the house slowly, seemingly depressed, sniffing her breath and nosing her right breast. The result? Turned out Maureen had a small malignant tumor doctors hadn’t detected through palpation or mammography. What about the death sensing cat that could predict the next resident in a retirement home to “go” by entering his or her room and hanging out? While the cat may

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