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Using A Rottweiler As Therapeutic Pet

There are some therapy dogs who simply provide affection and love to those who are ill, and there are some who can actually help with physical therapy and healing. Studies show that interaction with therapy dogs in either plane of assistance speeds the healing process. Rottweilers, despite their tough exterior and questionably negative reputation, make great therapy dogs. Working with your Rottweiler and training him or her to work in therapy can be a rewarding experience for both you and your dog.
In contrast to the aggressive image of the Rottweiler that is conveyed all-too-often, they are actually a very gentle and sensitive breed. With proper training, positive reinforcement, and extensive human interaction, Rottweilers are a …

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Birds with a nose for a difference

Avoidance of inbreeding is evident amongst humans, and has been demonstrated in some shorebirds, mice and sand lizards.
Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology now report that it also occurs in a strictly monogamous species of bird, suggesting that the black-legged kittiwake possesses the ability to choose partners with a very different genetic profile.
The study, led by Richard H. Wagner from the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and Etienne Danchin from the University Paul Sabatier of Toulouse, and involving researchers from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, the Alaska Science Center, and the University of Bern, tracked 10 genetic markers, microsatellite loci, to investigate whether kittiwakes …

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Animal Shelters and Rescue

The two studies, conducted by Colorado State veterinary epidemiologist Dr. M.D. Salman and sponsored by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, reveal that moving and other lifestyle issues were the main reasons given by pet owners when surrendering their animals to shelters. But the majority of those pets–64 percent–are euthanized instead of adopted into new homes.
The studies also found that the majority of pet owners who surrender their animals to shelters are under 30 years of age and that more dogs are taken to shelters than cats and all other animals combined.
“Euthanasia of domestic pets in the United States is an epidemic,” Salman said. “These studies give us the first glimpse of …

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