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Games Animals Play

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Kids call it Cops and Robbers. To cats and dogs, the premise of the game is the same, but the players are different. While rabbits see things a little differently, they can get into the fun too.

When we’re one of the players, playing becomes a way to bond with our pets more and have fun ourselves. Playing also provides our pets with exercise and a positive outlet for aggression.

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The Sport of Dog Agility

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Dogs can be athletes too. In dog agility competitions, dogs negotiate obstacles while following their handlers’ directions. Judges award points for speed and accuracy, and they hand out fault points for mistakes on the course. Dogs gain skills, confidence, and an increased fitness level while playing in a giant doggie playground.

Dog agility is for humans as well as for dogs. It’s a spectator event and an opportunity for people and their canine companions to bond through training and practice time together.

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Jobs for Dogs: Service and Therapy Dogs

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

They work without a contract and they don’t receive salaries, but they never complain or go on strike. We rely on them and they thrive under the responsibility we give them.

Service dogs, also called assistance dogs, are trained to meet the disability-related needs of people with disabilities. Some service dogs are bred for a particular job, while others come from animal shelters and dog pounds. They’re placed with a foster family to learn basic obedience and socialization, and when they’re ready, they spend several months or more in training for their job. After their training, they’re certified and matched with a client.

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