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Can a working dog save us from terrorist attacks?

There is a new type of working dog, trained specifically to combat the explosives used by terrorists. Unlike bomb dogs, which focus on a stationary object, the “anti-terrorist” trained dog can follow the vapor from explosives, which lingers in the air and on the terrorists’ clothes or body.

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A Four-Legged WWII Veteran – How the Very First Therapy Dog Got the Job

In honor of Veteran’s Day, here is the story of a K-9 combat hero who was not your typical “war dog.” His name was Smoky; he may be the first therapy dog as well as a combat hero who saved the life of the soldier who found him.

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Reversal of Fortune: An Extraordinary Story of a Guide Dog

In an extraordinary reversal, a young British blind woman with a seeing eye dog, has an operation that partially restores much of her vision. Then, her guide dog loses her vision and the young woman becomes her “seeing eye” guide.

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The Newfoundland as a Service Dog?

Larger dogs might be more helpful as service dogs for some types of disabilities, such as balance. The Newfoundland is highly regarded for its calm disposition, stable temperament and working history. What are the pros and cons for using this breed as a service dog? With help from McKenzie, the “Newfie” belonging to Tom and […]

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Ocho, Nemo, & Monroe: "Dogs on Call" provide comfort at Oso disaster Photo Credit: Kathy Knox

Therapy Dogs: An Exceptional Response to Catastrophe

Disasters often bring out exceptional response — and none may be more valued than the dogs who come to help find victims, and in this case, to also comfort them.

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The Extraordinary History of Guide Dogs

September is National Guide Dog Month. Today, most people in North America are familiar with guide dogs, but that wasn’t always the case. In fact, early in the last century, the idea of using a dog to help a blind person get around seemed preposterous. The history of using a dog to guide someone with […]

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Service Dog Regulations: United States

We received an important question from renown dog trainer, Pat Brown-John, the director of  All About Obedience.  Although the example she gives is related to private training, this is an important issue, one with direct ramifications for others who want to train their own dog or have a professional trainer do it.  I therefore asked […]

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Traveling with Pet Dogs in the Military

Pets in the Military: Dogs Traveling and Moving with Their Military Families

Pets in the military move with their families and often travel internationally. Planning and preparation in advance result in happier traveling with dogs. Special preparations need to be made for air travel with dogs.

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Pets in the Military: Should You Add a Pet to Your Military Life?

Pets in the military are the rule rather than the exception. Singletons or family people, military people love their pets and value their companionship as much as civilian people do. However, military members face some barriers to providing the best home for pets.

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