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A dog trains at guide dog school
All About Dogs

Guide Dog School 1: It’s Definitely Not Summer Camp!

What follows is the first in a series of my thoughts and memories of going through guide dog school for the first time. Having never been a dog owner, this experience was not only unique, it was intimidating, but, looking back, it was the best decision I ever made. Getting a guide dog is not an overnight process. It takes about a year. First there is the application, and submission of letters from your doctor. Then there is an in-home interview where trainers from the guide dog school come out and meet with you. This consists of an in person

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Dog helps blind owner cross the street
All About Dogs

Nine Decades Of The Seeing Eye’s Vision

Located in the suburban enclave of historic Morristown New Jersey, The Seeing Eye®, Inc. is the world’s oldest working guide dog school. Mentioned by Jose Feliciano in a recent concert he gave just down the road from it, as many as twenty-four students at a time visit this institution founded by Morris Frank in 1929. Students ranging in age from sixteen to sixty (and beyond), from all over the US and Canada, spend up to a month training with their Seeing Eye dog, knowing that when they leave with their dog they also leave with a sense of independence unparalleled

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Dog Training

New Wolves, Old Tricks

Has the domestication of dogs also changed their ability to learn from each other? A recent study performed by the Messerli Research Institute at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria, seems to indicate that this is the case. The Experiment of Imitation In a simple experiment, the researchers determined that wolves have the ability to learn by observing a dog carrying out an action, while most dogs in the study did not. In the set-up, both wolves and dogs observed a trained dog using a lever to open a box and receive a treat. Throughout the trials, all

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Dog Park

How To Start A Dog Park In Your Neighborhood

A fenced area where dogs can socialize safely unleashed can be incredibly beneficial to pups and their pack leaders, but unfortunately many people aren’t lucky enough to have one nearby. Do you live in a community without a dog park? Well, why not change that? Here’s a guide to getting one started. Find Like-Minded Pack Leaders You can’t do it alone, so find some help. You want to locate people who are as passionate about the project as you are. You may be surprised how easy they are to find. After all, we all love our dogs! You can talk

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A dog sits by the Christmas tree waiting for his owners to join him
All About Dogs

Top 10 Holiday Survival Tips For Pets

The holidays are upon us! I came up with the following tips to help keep every member of your family safe and happy this season. Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday with Your Pet Guests Pets can become overexcited, confused, or frightened by holiday guests. Keep pets in a quiet part of the house, and make sure they have a safe retreat from children and other visitors. Keep pets’ beds in a safe place, and be sure that guests know the area is off-limits. Chocolate This sweet treat is a serious pet-poisoning risk, especially for dogs. Bittersweet and baking chocolate, the

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