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Petco removes shock collars from its stores and online

Earlier this week, pet retailer Petco announced that it would stop selling shock collars which are a painful aversive used in dog training. In this blog post, I include the statement - in full - by the Pet Professional Guild which endorses and praises the decision. Please: if you are on a Facebook group or with a dog training club where a shock collar is recommended, speak up against their use. Studies show that positive reinforcement is the better option for dog training.

The Dog Doc

In the October edition of NZ Dog World, I speak with famous integrative veterinarian Dr Marty Goldstein who features in the documentary The Dog Doc. See page 2 of the column for a special offer to subscribe to Doc Play where you can watch the The Dog Doc and other interesting documentaries.

Doggy quote of the month for October

“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.“

– Charles M. Schulz

The Dogs of Democracy

In this blog post, I review the documentary film Dogs of Democracy. Released in 2016, this film tells the story of the many stray dogs in Athens, Greece and the people who care for them. There are some subtitles which will help if you don't speak Greek. Well worth watching.

Tracking the working dogs of 9/11

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have released a study into the health of the dogs that worked in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Expecting to see health impacts from breathing in hazardous dusts and other debris, the researchers found that there was no difference in longevity when compared to a control group of other search and rescue dogs.

The Dog Doc

In my latest blog post, I review the documentary film The Dog Doc. This film profiles the life's work of Dr Marty Goldstein, a proud proponent of integrative veterinary care and maverick for his time. Stay tuned for my October newsletter, which will enable my readers and clients to access the Doc Play platform for an extended free trial period.

The 4 Paws Marathon – Covid-19 edition

Today was the 2nd annual 4 Paws Marathon - a scaled down event thanks to Covid-19. We're grateful we could have an event at all thanks to the chaos created by the virus. As a sponsor of this event, I work alongside my co-sponsor Bodyworks Massage Therapy to provide the massage services at the finish line. Enjoy this post showing our interpretation of couples massage.

Labradoodles are more Poodle than Labrador

An international research team has documented the molecular basis of the Australian labradoodle. Their main conclusion is that animals in the Australian labradoodle breed registry are mostly poodle, and not a 50-50 split as might have been expected.

Political Poop (Bags)

A Los Angeles company has released limited edition poop bags to help voters show their true colours in the US Presidential election. It is reported that the Donald Trump bags are outselling those of Joe Biden.

Come for the looks. Stay for the personality?

In my blog, I share a recent publication from researchers at the Royal Veterinary College. They've interviewed owners of brachycephalic breeds (pug, bulldog, French bulldog) to understand the popularity of the breeds despite known and recorded health problems. They conclude that the health problems of these breeds is becoming normalized and so the trend in ownership is unlikely to slow.

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Doggy Mom
The blog about everything dog

I've been blogging since 2010 about a range of dog issues. I particularly like sharing the latest research news and I always share a Doggy Quote of the Month