January 1, 2019 was the first day that a new animal welfare law went into effect here in California. Under this law (called the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act), pet stores cannot sell dogs, cats, or rabbits unless they are from animal shelters or rescue organizations.
This law prevents pet stores from selling animals sourced from commercial breeding operations, known as puppy mills.
According to the Sacramento Bee, pet stores in California must publicly display documentation on each animal’s origins in the area where the animal is housed.
Pet stores in violation of this law will have to pay a fine of $500 for each pet that is sold illegally.
A study published in the journal Animal Cognition has identified multiple “signals” dogs use to indicate when they want our attention.
Signals are defined as requests made with an object and/or a part of the body. They also need to be directed at an individual and repeated.
After studying dozens of potential canine signals, the researchers identified 19 that clearly indicated specific requests. The most common were related to going outside, getting food, drink or a toy, and wanting to be scratched.
Common signals include pawing at something (or someone), jumping up, and turning the head between a person and a desired object. Many dogs will also pick their toys up and toss them a short distance or give a gentle “chomp” on a person’s arm.
How does your best friend get your attention?!
You can read the full article HERE and watch a brief video on the study from National Geographic here:
Is your pet upset by loud noises like fireworks or thunderstorms? There will soon be a new high-tech option to consider in addition to tranquilizers and calming coats…
The Ford Motor Company has taken its noise-cancelling technology to the dogs! Ford has developed a prototype kennel that is designed to provide your pet with a quiet haven when things get a little too loud.
According to an article in The Verge, the kennel uses a combination of noise-cancelling technology, cork, and an automatic door.
In cars, noise-cancelling technology works by picking up sounds like engine noise, and then uses speakers to play sounds in the opposite frequency to cancel them out.
The article notes that because dogs have much more sensitive hearing than humans, developing an effective kennel is a challenge.
While the prototype is not available for sale yet, you can watch a video about the kennel now!