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A Veterinarian Discusses the Procedure known as Debarking or Bark Softening

By Sharon Vanderlip, DVM | Published: 01/8/2012

Recently a reporter from a major newspaper interviewed me about bark softening. During the interview, I told him about the innumerable cases of dogs I saw abandoned at the animal shelter because of barking problems.



DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BE YOUR PET’S “GUARDIAN”?

By Bonnie Chandler | Published: 01/7/2012

Some states and towns are enacting legislation to change the term for animal “owner” or pet “owner” to “guardian.” Sponsors, which are usually animal rights groups, say this is a harmless change…



A Tribute to a Remarkable Man – Captain Arthur J. Haggerty December 3, 1931 - July 3, 2006

By Diane Makkinney | Published: 01/7/2012

Our dogs and dog owners everywhere lost a tremendous advocate on July 3, 2006, when Captain Arthur J. Haggerty - also known as “The Captain” or just “Cap” to his friends - passed away from cancer at the age…



The Next Endangered Species

By Patti Strand | Published: 11/19/2011

Purebred dogs don’t qualify for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) because they are domestic animals, but if they could be listed, it might be time to recognize that many long‐standing AKC recognized breeds would…



The Global Stray Dog Population Crisis

By Patti Strand | Published: 11/17/2011

Exploding populations, increasing attacks on citizens, and spiraling rabies epidemics have transformed this issue from a third world problem to a global public health priority.



Purebred Dogs: The Next Endangered Species?

By Patti Strand | Published: 05/26/2011

As promised in last week’s announcements, we’ve been working like mad to make this year’s National Conference on purebred dogs one for the ages… and if I don’t say so myself, we’ve already managed…



CDC TIGHTENS RABIES VACCINATION RULES FOR IMPORTED DOGS

By Patti Strand | Published: 09/7/2007

The US Centers for Disease Control tightened rabies vaccination regulations to prevent unvaccinated puppies from entering the country. The new rule requires that importers confine all puppies that are too young to vaccinate until…



Major Advances in Regulating Animal Relocation and Importation into US Shelters

By Patti Strand | Published: 09/8/2005

The practice known as humane relocation started innocently enough. Animal shelters in areas where shelter populations have plummeted as the national shelter census steadily declines started to take animals from shelters that had…



MY VIEW: DOGS IN IDITAROD ARE TREATED WELL

By Anne Morgan | Published: 01/6/2005

Editor’s note: The 2004 Iditarod - the 32nd running of Alaska’s Anchorage to Nome “last great race on earth” - will start on March 6, but plans for the race have been underway for at least a year. As usual,…



DOG LOVERS LOSE A GOOD FRIEND

By Al W. Stinson | Published: 12/21/2004

I am sorry to report that Dr. George Padgett passed away unexpectedly this week.  This is a tremendous lost to the purebred dog fancy and to me personally.  His cherubic personality and tremendous knowledge of genetics…



USDA AMENDS REGS TO CLOSE LOOPHOLES

By Patti Strand | Published: 09/1/2004

The US Department of Agriculture closed several loopholes in animal welfare regulations by applying the “three breeding females regulation” to entire households in amendments that took effect on August 13, 2004.



SOME VETERINARIANS AND ACTIVISTS WANT TO LIMIT DOG TRAINING COLLARS AND TECHNIQUES

By Patti Strand | Published: 05/7/2004

Twenty-three veterinarians met in Florida in May 2004 and proclaimed to the world that dog training techniques and equipment used by thousands of trainers for decades are both cruel and outmoded. Instead they recommended that pet…



Burnout: The Monster in the Rescue Closet

By Vicki DeGruy | Published: 02/13/2003

“I’m so tired and discouraged all the time. I feel like I’m on duty 24/7 and never get a day off. The harder I work, the harder they want me to work. Nothing ever gets better, it seems like it only gets worse.…



Humane or Insane?

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/30/2003

If you don’t know what’s happening at your local animal shelter, or what local pet rescue groups are up to, it’s time to find out! Dangerous practices are developing that threaten public health, sustain ‘pet…



NAIA WEIGHS IN ON FAA PROPOSAL FOR ANIMAL TRAVEL

By Patti Strand | Published: 12/8/2002

More than two years ago, Congress passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2000 that directed the Federal Aviation Administration to write rules for a reporting system to be used by airlines when animals escaped, were injured, or died…



The Evolution of Modern-Day Dog Training & Obedience

By Mary R. Burch, PhD | Published: 07/15/2002

By the 1980s, there was a paradigm shift toward more positive methods in dog training. Only 20 years before, many trainers felt that dogs had to be “broken” in order to be trained. These changes in thinking matched what was…



Virginia Approves Rescue Licensing Law

By Patti Strand | Published: 06/21/2002

Virginia’s governor approved SB 260, a bill that requires registration of rescue organizations and foster homes in the state. The bill, which sets annual fees and report requirements for rescues and their foster homes, goes into…



HOW DOGS LEARN

By Mary R. Burch, PhD | Published: 04/20/2001

Odd as it may seem to many pet owners, there is heated controversy in the US over methods of dog training. The battle is framed as a conflict between traditional methods that punish the dog for misbehaving (often referred to in…



Is Russia the New Czar of Kitten and Puppy Mills??

By Marva Marrow | Published: 01/8/2001

Val, a friend of mine, is a photographer’s representative for a celebrity photographer. She was recently on a photo shoot, and while chatting to the actor who was being photographed, he mentioned that he had an Oriental Shorthair…



Redefining Pet Overpopulation: The No-Kill Movement and the New Jet Setters

By Patti Strand | Published: 12/17/2000

Fewer and fewer dogs are entering shelters every year, and shelter deaths are down and continuing to fall. This steady decline in intakes and deaths pays tribute to the tireless efforts of shelter employees, responsible dog breeders…



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