Cesar Millan’s Long Walk To Becoming The ‘Dog Whisperer’

Cesar Millan’s Long Walk To Becoming The ‘Dog Whisperer’
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hide captionCesar Millan’s television show Dog Whisperer on National Geographic debuted in 2004, but Millan previously spent years struggling to pursue a career as a dog trainer.

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Cesar Millan’s television show Dog Whisperer on National Geographic debuted in 2004, but Millan previously spent years struggling to pursue a career as a dog…………………continues on NPR

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Dog Tired Searchers Need Break From Washington Mudslide
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The search dogs that have been working through mud and rain to find victims of the Washington landslide are being given a two-day break to recover from exhaustion and keep their senses sharp.

The canine heroes and their human companions have been trudging through the deep mud and have been working in grueling conditions that have been exacerbated by cold and rain.

Photos: Devastation From the Washington Mudslide

Kris Rietmann, a spokeswoman for the Washington Department of Transportation who has been deployed to the scene of the March 22 mudslide, said the dogs can lose their sensing abilities if they are overworked.

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Shelter dog placed in foster home until fate determined in court

Shelter dog placed in foster home until fate determined in court
Article from Columbus Dispatch:

The Knox County dog shelter decided to euthanize Fletcher after he nipped a girl while they were playing at the shelter.

For months, Cody Jackson and his 7-year-old daughter have visited Fletch at the dog shelter. The plan was to adopt him after Jackson closed on a house.

But then Fletch got into trouble — nipping a girl on the finger during play time at the shelter — and the dog warden decided to put him down, and now it’s all going to court for a judge to decide.

This afternoon, Jackson, 41, of Mount Vernon, testified on behalf of Fletch, a 2-year-old mixed-breed dog who has been at the Knox County Animal Shelter for seven months.

Local dog lovers and members of the Underdog Society, a Knox County social-media rescue group, intervened and blocked Fletch’s euthanization, scheduled for yesterday. They rallied at the courthouse today while Mount Vernon Municipal Court Judge Paul Spurgeon considered the dog’s fate.

Spurgeon ordered Fletch, who was in the courtroom, be placed in a foster home while his future is sorted out.

More than a week ago, Fletch nipped a girl on the hand while the two were playing at the shelter. After a 10-day quarantine, shelter volunteer Justine Kight said, Knox County dog warden Jordan Barnard decided to euthanize the dog.

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It’s Reunion Day For Soldier And His Dog
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It’s HERE AND NOW. And now news from Afghanistan. The Taliban is claiming responsibility for that attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul last night. Four gunmen came into the hotel, pulled out pistols and started firing. Nine people were killed, including an Afghan journalist, his wife and two children, who were eating dinner. Here’s a spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: At 9 o’clock, they started shooting on some of the personnel of the hotel. We got information right away, and we sent our police commander forces, and there was an operation going on.

YOUNG: The four attackers were eventually killed, and the shooting spree was the latest in a series of high-profile attacks by militants as they step up a campaign of violence ahead of the April 5 elections. Well, that’s the latest news. Our next guest knows a thing or two about violence in Afghanistan. Army Specialist Nathaniel Korpusik served there in 2013, and he had a constant companion, a German shepherd named Zino. Zino detected improvised explosive devices, and he was darn good at it. In fact as a team, Zino and Nate were more successful finding IEDs than many other teams.

But Nate came home without Zino because of course Zino belonged to the military, and until recently he didn’t know what happened to him. And that’s where Carol Clark enters this…………………continues on Here And Now
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Royal Oak woman walking dog attacked by 2 pit bull mix dogs
The attack happened about 3 p.m. Tuesday while the woman was walking her Maltese mix dog in the 200 block of Euclid Street, just east of Main Street and south of 12 Mile Road. “A neighbor assisted the woman, who was yelling and crying,” Royal Oak …
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A $25 Corn Dog? Arizona Diamondbacks Unveil 18-Inch, Stuffed “D-Bat Dog”

A $ 25 Corn Dog? Arizona Diamondbacks Unveil 18-Inch, Stuffed “D-Bat Dog”
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New Dental Dog Treats Claim to be Just as Effective as Brushing
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Owning a dog comes with many responsibilities, from brushing their fur to brushing their canines. Unfortunately, while many pet owners are diligent about good grooming, they don’t regularly tend to Fido’s teeth.

As with humans, lack of dental care has its repercussions. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, “more than 80 percent of dogs develop periodontal disease by three years of age.” To stem the tide of tartar, various dog treats have appeared in recent years, such as Greenies Canine Dental Chews and Natural Balance Dental Chews, that purport to positively impact a pooch’s oral health. But do they actually work?

READ: New Pet Food Options Take a Page From Human Food Trends

“They can certainly have a positive impact,” says Dr. Michael Tuder, owner and director of four animal hospitals in Hudson County, N.J. “If that’s the only thing an owner will do, at least it’s something. The way these dental treats are produced, they have a matrix that allows them to microscopically rub against the teeth and remove debris.”

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Don't judge a dog by its breed
We are often asked what breeds the dogs at our adoption events are. We are often then asked if that breed is a good family dog or good with small children. There are some general behaviors that are typical of certain breeds. However, every dog has …
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Brewers’ Hank the dog is paws-down in Milwaukee

Brewers’ Hank the dog is paws-down in Milwaukee
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The puppy has landed. Hank the Brewers dog now calls Milwaukee home.

A crowd gathered at Concourse C at Mitchell International Airport on Sunday night to welcome home Hank, the former stray adopted by the Brewers during spring training in Phoenix. Some fans, such as Loetta Czysz, who works first shift at the airport, came just to see the famous Hank.

But no one was happier to see him than the Wronski family. Luke, 10, Sam, 8, and 5-year-old Charlie Wronski, along with parents Andy and Marti, were there to greet the dog that will join their family. Older brother Jonah, 11, wasn’t able to be there.

“The team adopted Hank first and foremost. We collectively decided to give Hank a home,” said Marti Wronski, vice president and general counsel for the Brewers.

The family seems eager for the celebrity dog to come to their home and ready to introduce him to the family’s petite mini-goldendoodle, Bella. Andy Wronski put Hank up there with Lassie. “Who’s Lassie?” Luke asked.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who brought homemade peanut butter cookies for Hank, and County Executive Chris Abele were among those waiting up to 30 minutes for Hank to arrive on a chartered Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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SEE IT: Dog banned from being on bed plays on it after owner leaves house
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When the owner’s away, this dog will play.

Hidden cameras have caught the hilarious moment a pooch banned from jumping on the bed broke the rules as soon as his master left home.


ignoramusky via YouTube

The enthusiastic dog (left) rolls around on the pullout bed seconds after its owner has left the residence.

Just minutes after the woman walks out of her front door, the pit bull pup is seen hopping up to join his housemate cat on the duvet.

Rolling around and rubbing himself on the sheets to mark out his territory, his feline friend looks on disapprovingly.

ignoramusky via YouTube

No word if the dog was punished after this video clip went viral, being seen by nearly 2.7 million since being uploaded on Friday.

At one point, the pair almost scraps it out as the over-enthusiastic dog bounds over to the cat, who simp…………………continues on New York Daily News
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Dog That Mauled 4-Year-Old Gets Online Support

Dog That Mauled 4-Year-Old Gets Online Support
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A dog that mauled a 4-year-old Phoenix boy has received thousands of pleas for mercy through a Facebook campaign ahead of a court hearing to decide his fate.

A municipal court judge could rule at a March 25 hearing on whether Mickey, a pit bull that bit Kevin Vicente in the face, should be euthanized. Kevin received injuries that will require, according to doctors, months and possibly years of reconstructive surgeries.

Since the Feb. 20 attack, Mickey has become the object of a Facebook page that has gotten more than 40,000 likes and an online petition to spare his life.

Supporters say the campaign doesn’t mean they value the dog’s life above the child’s.

“This is not Kevin versus Mickey,” said attorney John Schill, who is representing the dog in the court petition. “Having Mickey killed is not going to take away Kevin’s pain or injuries. The only thing this is going to do is kill a poor, innocent dog.”

Pit bulls are viewed by some as a dangerous breed, a reputation their fans dispute.

Guadalupe Villa, who was at the scene of the attack, filed the vicious-animal petition to have the dog put down.

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Copter Plucks Stranded Dog From California Cliff
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A rescue worker dangling from a helicopter plucked a stranded dog from a Northern California seaside cliff.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department reported Sunday that a black Labrador named Oreo somehow made its way half-way down a 90-foot cliff along the county’s Pacific coast and couldn’t get back up. With the surf pounding below, a descent was not an option. So the department’s helicopter dubbed “Henry-1” was called in.

The dog was perched on a 2-foot square ledge when the helicopter crew arrived shortly before 2 p.m. PST Saturday at Portuguese Beach, about 70 miles north of San Francisco and about 20 miles west of Santa Rosa.

After the scared dog refused entreaties to climb back up, the decision was made to dangle a sheriff’s deputy about 100-feet below the helicopter. After determining the dog wasn’t spooked by the noise of the helicopter, the dangling deputy was able to attach a rope to the dog’s harness and pull it to safety after about three minutes in the air.

A large crowd of beachgoers who gathered to watch the rescue on the unseasonably warm and sunny Saturday afternoon broke into applause.

Oreo was reunited with his owner.

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Dog-friendly perks cater to renters
One way developers are attracting dog-owning residents is by rolling out Fido-friendly amenities, including indoor potty spots with “canine turf,” spa-style dog washes with easy-access walk-up ramps, grooming stations, heated runs and pet-minded …
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Hawaii tries to ban eating cats and dogs

Hawaii tries to ban eating cats and dogs
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HONOLULU — Animal lovers in Hawaii packed a legislative hearing room Thursday with poodles and pugs, asking lawmakers to ban the practice of eating cats and dogs in the state.

The House Committee on Agriculture later advanced SB 2026, a bill to ban the practice.

The Humane Society of the United States says dog slaughter for human consumption is happening across Hawaii. The group receives at least two reports a year of dogs or cats being slaughtered for food, but it says it’s hard for law enforcement to catch animal slaughterers.

“When we do get these reports of cases of dog or cat slaughter, unless they’re caught in the act, law enforcement is not able to really prosecute,” said Inga Gibson, Hawaii senior state director for the Humane Society, which pushed for the bill.

Eating meat from cats and dogs is considered acceptable in other countries, including parts of Asia. And while many Americans eat pigs or cows, consuming meat from those animals is vilified elsewhere.

The Oahu Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said dogs and cats are considered members of many families.

One woman, Sara Knaus, cradled a Pomeranian as she read a note that her son wrote to lawmakers.

“I love my dog too much and all dogs should be loved, not eaten,” Knaus read. Dogs can help people with disabilities, she said, noting the letter was…………………continues on New York Post
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Dog rescued in Sonoma County after falling over cliff
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Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies rescued a dog that became stranded after falling over a cliff along the Sonoma coast Saturday afternoon.

The dog’s owner called 911 at about 1:45 p.m. to report that her dog, a black Labrador retriever, had fallen over a cliff in the Portuguese Beach area, according to the sheriff’s office.

Knowing from prior experiences that bystanders may often risk their own lives trying to save animals in distress, the sheriff’s office launched its helicopter “Henry-1” to the scene.

The helicopter quickly located the dog about 40 feet down the 90-foot cliff, perched on a 2-foot-by-2-foot ledge and unable to move without falling, according to the sheriff’s office.

The pilot of the helicopter landed nearby and a deputy sheriff affixed a 100-foot “long line” to the belly of the aircraft.

The deputy then attached himself to the bottom of the line and was flown to the ledge where the dog was stranded.

The dog was wearing a chest harness, which the deputy used to help secure the dog, according to the sheriff’s office.

Once the dog was secured, the animal was flown to the top of the cliff and released to Bodega Bay fire personnel, who quickly reunited the dog with its owner.

The rescue took less than three minutes to complete, the sheriff’s office reported.

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Does your dog's breed really determine its personality?
Dog enthusiasts will frequently tell you that certain dogs have certain characteristics: Golden Retrievers are friendly, German Shepherds are protective, and Corgis are smarter than a fifth grader. But is a dog's breed really such a great predictor of …
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Dog that killed Paterson teen was a ticking time bomb, neighbors say

Dog that killed Paterson teen was a ticking time bomb, neighbors say
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By Seth Augenstein and David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger

PATERSON — The giant dog was a ticking time bomb for more than a year, neighbors said.

‘Trigger,’ a 115-pound bull mastiff that neighbors said was left outside in all weather and was often taunted by children, broke free of its backyard fence Friday afternoon and mauled two 13-year-old boys, killing one and injuring the other.

Yesterday, residents of Hillcrest — a middle-class, city enclave of single-family homes, manicured lawns and trimmed hedges — recalled a night of bloodshed, desperate searching and the discovery of 13-year-old Kenneth Santillan’s body just before midnight Friday in an icy neighborhood stream, authorities said.

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Police ID Paterson boy as victim of fatal dog attack
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PATERSON — Law enforcement officials today identified the victim of a fatal dog attack as a 13-year-old Paterson boy.

Paterson Police Sgt. David Rios said Kenneth Santilla was the teenager mauled and killed by a 115-pound bull mastiff on Friday night. Family members, however, said the boy’s last name is Santillan.

The dog named “Trigger” also injured another 13-year-old boy, who police have not yet identified.

After the attack, friends and family of the dead teen searched the neighborhood for Kenneth until they found him after 11 p.m. on a nearby riverbank, authorities said.

John DeCando, Paterson’s animal control officer, said the dog was humanely euthanized and the animal’s remains have been sent to Trenton to test for rabies.

The owner of the dog, who police today identified as 50-year-old Paul Clarke of Paterson, was also wounded and had stabbed the animal several times before the dog was killed by authorities, according to officials.

DeCando said the dog was in grave condition before he was euthanized. “He was actually bleeding to death,” he said.

DeCando said his heart went out to the family of the victim.

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Some Spring Garden residents on guard against dog park
Some Spring Garden residents on guard against dog park. Ann Corcoran walks her miniature schnauzers Clooney and Baby Knute at the proposed site of a dog park in Philadelphia's Spring Garden District. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY). Elizabeth Fiedler.
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Here’s Why Your Dog Listens to You

Here’s Why Your Dog Listens to You
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A long time ago, when early humans and something akin to today’s dogs found each other useful, it led to a remarkable marriage between two very different species that must have been made for each other.

In the latest in a series of discoveries showing the extraordinary compatibility of dogs and humans, scientists have found that our brains are wired in a similar way to process the sound of the human voice.

The findings also partly explain why your dog knows you’re leaving on a trip before you are sure yourself.

Canines, the research shows, are very good at picking up on emotional cues from the master, which won’t come as a shock to anyone who has ever owned a dog.

But what’s really surprising about the research is how it was carried out.

Eleven dogs had to be trained to lie motionless, unrestrained, inside a brain scanner for three six-minute sessions while the contraption made clanking noises loud enough to scare Attila the Hun.

That’s surprising, because other research shows dogs are especially frightened by loud or unusual noises. The earmuffs worn by the dog probably did not block out all the noise.

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New Jersey teen, 13, killed by 115-pound dog that also attacked another teen …
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A raging bullmastiff killed a 13-year-old boy and wounded two others during a bloody afternoon attack in Paterson, N.J., officials said Saturday.

The 115-pound dog, which officials said has since been “humanely euthanized,” also bit a second 13-year-old boy and attacked its owner, who was forced to stab the beast to subdue it, New Jersey authorities said.

The attack happened near Sherwood Ave. in the city’s Hillcrest section at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday when the dog, who was apparently loose, lunged at the two boys.

Paul Clarke via Facebook

Paul Clarke of Paterson, N.J., and bullmastiff Trigger in a Facebook photo. Neighbors say the dog that killed a 13-year-old boy lived at Clarke’s address.

It bit one of the boys in the hand, then began chasing the teens, who split off in opposite directions.

The second boy was found dead at about 11 p.m., after his family reported him missing.


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Dispute with college centers on service dog
17 while he was sitting at the Hard Drive Cafe with his service dog Lucky and told him to remove the animal from the Clearwater campus, he was “flabbergasted” that they acted “in violation of federal law.” Smith says he was asked to remove the dog from …
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