Many dog owners enjoy daily walks with their dogs, and for good reason. Walking your dog is a great way for you and your dog to get exercise, enjoy your time together, and meet up with other people and their dogs.
But did you know that nearly 40% of all dog owners rarely or never walk their dogs? There are lots of reasons for this. Many owners simply let their dogs out in the yard. People who work long hours often hire dog walkers. Some owners of small dogs have trained them to do their business inside.
An exercise physiologist was interested to see if she could “trick” dog owners into walking their dogs. The New York Times summarized her interesting study.
She invited a group of dog owners who said they seldom walked their dogs to a special dog obedience class. They were told the class was designed to improve their dogs’ on-leash behavior, but it was really done to monitor the humans’ activity!
Half of the participants were enrolled in the class and half were wait-listed. The people taking the class were asked to record their dogs’ activity outside of class, but the researchers were really monitoring the people.
Results showed that the class participants did end up walking their dogs for a few minutes more per week than those not in the class, but not as much as the researchers were hoping to see.
The class participants did report feeling closer to their dogs and happier about their dogs’ behavior, confirming that going for walks is a great way to improve the bond with your dog.
Recently, FACE partnered with the Elevate Foundation to pass out pet supplies and resources in Downtown San Diego. The Elevate Foundation’s mission is to identify individuals of need in our community and partner with other non-profits (and donors) to provide them with support and assistance.
Friend of FACE, Dr. Corey Cole of Lifetime Animal Care Center, provided flea control and veterinary advice to pet owners in need. Together, we were able to help over 65 pet owners and their pets!
Thank you to both the Elevate Foundation and Lifetime Animal Care Center for your support.
FACE is so thankful for the community partnerships that enable us to lend a helping hand to pet owners in need. We have been able to give over 600 pet owners access to resources and supplies thanks to the network of community organizations who partner with us.
A new study on canine genetics has been getting a lot of attention recently. Do dogs living in modern North and South America retain the genes of the ancient dogs that accompanied the first Americans who came from Asia thousands of years ago?
A genetic study of the remains of ancient American dogs reveals that they were descended from the ancient dogs of Siberia (somewhat like today’s Arctic dogs such as Huskies and Malamutes) and not the native American wolf population.
These original dogs almost completely vanished after the arrival of European immigrants and their dogs in North and South America. Only a tiny fragment of their genetic code lives on in modern American dogs…and you may be surprised to find out what it is.
Researchers have discovered that the closest surviving genetic link between these ancient dogs and modern dogs is the canine transmissible venereal tumor, which is a contagious cancer clone that can be traced to one individual dog that lived between 6,000 and 8,000 years ago!
You can learn more about this fascinating topic HERE.