Why dog breed bans are misguided and harmful

An opinion piece from The Boston Globe...UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak proposed a ban on the American XL Bully. There is evidence from a range of countries why breed specific legislation doesn't work. The UK has in place a Dangerous Dogs Act, which was enacted more than three decades ago. It bans four breeds: the pit bull terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro. Despite that, the number of dog bite incidents has gone up in the UK.

People in crisis do better with their pets, researchers say

In Australia, social return on investment for programs that support people experiencing a crisis to help keep their companion animal is $8.21 for each $1 invested. That's a great return on investment and also good to see Australian facts and figures - as all too often the research on this topic is from USA. Australia is closer to home!

Flooring choices and your dog

In the October issue of NZ Dog World, I cover how to make flooring choices for your home with your dog in mind.

Spayed dogs go into heat with exposure to HRT medication

Women using topical hormone replacement therapy drugs may accidentally expose their dogs (and children) to the hormones. Spayed dogs can go into heat. Read this update from the UK!

Qualifications for a hands-on profession

This is a post I have wanted to write for a long time. Dog owners need to know that some professionals can trade with a foundation qualification that was gained online only. I am not supportive of such qualifications for some very good reasons which are explained in this blog post.

Doggy quote of the month for October

The quote of the month is from author Kate DiCamillo

Dogs enlisted for pest-free Banks Peninsula success

In this short film by Frank Films, the pest eradication programme on Banks Peninsula is profiled. The project includes some special dogs dedicated to sniffing out hedgehogs and feral cats.

Purina Dog Chow honors PTSD service dogs

Roughly 3.5 million military veterans suffer from PTSD, and while service dogs have been demonstrated to reduce the severity of PTSD, only 1% of those in need who seek a service dog receive one each year. For every vote for the Visible Impact Award , Dog Chow will donate $5 to the Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans (ASDPMV), up to $75,000, to help train more PTSD service dogs.

Doggy quote of the month for September

Bob Barker, long-time host of The Price is Right and animal activist, passed away in August at the age of 99. The quote of the month rightfully belongs to him, as he used his celebrity to help spread the message of spay and neuter.

I packed a grab bag today

Over the last 10 days, my thoughts have never been far from Lahaina, Maui. Today I packed a grab bag as part of emergency preparedness - and I hope you will too. Climate change impacts us and our pets; we must protect them.

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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