News

  • Reset
  • Type

  • Topics

  • Tags

Science-magazine_0
Canine Behavior

Of Mice and Dogs: Their Personalities May Be Up To Us

Most of us easily acknowledge the likelihood that specific behaviors can be influenced by learning, in ourselves and in other species, including the one closest to us, our companion dogs.  We can learn to tie our shoes, and our dogs can learn to walk next to us. We can even learn rules of etiquette and our dogs can learn to greet people without jumping up. But we also identify ourselves as having overarching traits, as having a fixed personality that

Read More »
CT-Seal_0
Breed-Specific Legislation

Connecticut joins state ranks preempting breed-specific laws

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has signed a bill that preempts municipalities from regulating dogs on the basis of breed. HB6311, which was co-sponsored by 31 state representatives and senators, addressed only the issue of breed-specific legislation.  It provides that “no municipality shall adopt breed-specific dog ordinances.” HB6311 sailed through the state legislature, virtually unopposed.  The House of Representatives voted 142-0 in favor.  The Senate passed the bill 30-4, an overwhelming majority.  Governor Malloy signed the bill on Thursday, June 6.

Read More »
Nevada-Seal_0
Breed-Specific Legislation

Nevada law prohibiting BSL signed by the Governor.

Nevada will become the 14th state to preempt its towns and counties from discriminating against dogs on the basis of breed or appearance. Governor Brian Sandoval has signed Assembly Bill No. 110, which both describes the circumstances under which local authority can declare an individual dog to be dangerous or vicious, and prohibits a local authority from either a) deeming an individual dog dangerous or vicious on account of breed; or b)passing an ordinance declaring a breed of dogs, dangerous

Read More »
Dog-18_Voith-Interobserver-Reliability-Study_0
Animal Shelters

Animal professionals shown to disagree with each other when assigning breed(s) to dogs of unknown parentage.

Summary A survey of more than 900 people in dog-related professions and services showed that they frequently disagreed with each other when making visual breed identifications of the same dog, and that their opinions may or may not have correlated with DNA breed analysis.  More than 70% of the study participants reported that now, or at one time, their breed descriptors were used in record keeping.  The results of this survey call into question the validity of a variety of

Read More »
janis_0
Breeds of Dogs

NCRC Video Interview with Janis Bradley

Janis Bradley, veteran dog trainer and author of the NCRC Vision Series publication, ‘The Relevance of Breed in Selecting a Companion Dog,’ discusses whether breed is a useful indicator of the suitability of a companion dog. Click to view other NCRC Video interviews. 

Read More »
ELTE_logo_0
Canine Behavior

Study underscores that we can only learn what dogs are capable of from capable dogs.

The human community has changed dramatically in the modern era.  Both dogs and people are continually adjusting to new phenomena (trains, cars, streets teeming with other people and other dogs, to name a few) and new expectations that arise from our living in closer proximity to each other. It’s challenging enough for people. How do the dogs do it? New expectations for dogs – and for people – have arisen from our living in closer proximity to each other in

Read More »
Maddies-Fund-Breed-ID-Study-image-e1352138184871_0
Animal Shelters

How long before we discard visual breed identification? A new survey confirms that even dog experts can’t tell just by looking.

In the 1960’s, John Paul Scott and John L. Fuller showed that mixed breed dogs may bear little or no resemblance to their purebred ancestors.[i] In 2009, Dr. Victoria Voith and colleagues from Western University published a short report indicating a low agreement between the identification of breeds of dogs by adoption agencies and DNA identification of the same dogs.[ii] The Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine has also been looking systematically into

Read More »
DogSnugglingGirl-e1352132768663_0
Canine Research

Study shows owners and non-owners recognize animal emotions

“‘Sometimes I read about someone saying with great authority that animals have no intentions and no feelings, and I wonder, ‘Doesn’t this guy have a dog?”’ – Frans De Waal, quoted in The New York Times June 26, 2001 Charles Darwin argued that emotions evolved in both humans and animals; and scientists who have studied animals since Darwin have come to recognize the complexity of an animal’s mental states. But what about the non-professional public? Do the rest of us

Read More »