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SERVICE DOG, THERAPY DOG, EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL: WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES?

We’ve all come across vest-wearing guide dogs, but many other “dogs with jobs” don’t wear distinguishing duds. Therapy Dogs and Emotional Support Animals may or may not be formally trained to perform specific tasks the way Service Dogs are, but they help make life so much better for so many humans!     Service Dogs help their humans navigate day-to-day life, which is more challenging because of severe allergies, missing limbs, debilitating anxiety or other disabilities. Allergy dogs are trained to be uber-sensitive to life-threatening substances, diabetic-alert dogs sniff out dangerously low blood sugar levels. Mobility support dogs must be big and strong enough to carry the weight of a human in the event of fainting or a slip and fall;...

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DOG TALK!

Stephen Colbert once asked, “What is it about dogs that makes intelligent men and gifted women—great minds—look at them and in a baby-talk voice say, “Who’s a good boy? Wooj a whajeejeeb?” Yes, we talk to our precious pups. Even Twitter has a hashtag: #ThingsPplSayToTheirDogs. How come? We were talking to dogs long before we began dressing them in cable knit sweaters and celebrating their birthdays with peanut butter cake.  In fact, hundreds of years ago, humans talked to all kinds of animals! Farm animals like pigs roamed the towns beside pedestrians (sometimes knocking over human children). Chickens were allowed indoors. Cows were often milked in the street. But there’s a big difference between the way we talk to our dogs and...

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10 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR PUP HAPPY!

Alexandra Horowitz, PhD, associate professor and senior research fellow at Barnard College in the U.S., heads the Dog Cognition Lab, where her “pup perspective” findings have garnered new insights in understanding canine wants and needs. She’s also the author of “Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond” (a tome we’ve quoted from before!) Here are 10 ways we can add more happiness in the lives of pups: “Only when you understand what it is like to be a dog will you truly be able to enhance your dog’s happiness.” Tip #1: Watch your pup and see them as truly separate from yourself. Watch someone else walk your pup. Watch your pup navigate your home. Remember that pup perceptions...

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