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Monday, February 2, 2015

Is Your Puppy a Glass Half Full Kind of Pooch?

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Pet Powwow: Is Your Puppy a Glass Half Full Kind of Pooch?
 by Marguerite McNeal

         
Pet parents often consider their puppy’s physical health, but what about the animal’s mental state? New research shows that dogs are inclined toward wither pessimism or optimism — much like their human counterparts.


Researchers at the University of Sydney studied 40 dogs and found that the animals had distinct outlooks, some sunnier than others. Lead researcher Melissa Starling says that the findings could be significant in determining roles for service dogs.

“If we knew how optimistic or pessimistic the best candidates for a working role are, we could test dogs’ optimism early and identify good candidates for training for that role,” Starling said in a press release. “A pessimistic dog that avoids risks would be better as a guide dog while an optimistic, persistent dog would be more suited to detecting drugs or explosives.”

Pessimistic dogs aren’t necessarily “unhappy,” the study found. Rather they’re satisfied with the way things are and might need more nudging to try something new.

Read more at Discovery News

Must-Reads This Week
Single pet parents take care: The number of American singles living with pets is on the rise. Though animal companionship might curb some loneliness, experts caution single pet parents to think carefully about their situations. Some dog breeds won’t tolerate being left alone, for instance. “Is the pet you’ve chosen suitable for your living space?” blogger John Davidson writes in The Denver Post. “How about your lifestyle? Can your pet handle it when you have to go out and leave it alone?”

Read more at The Denver Post




Puppy mills under increasing fire: During Puppy Mill Awareness Day, which took place yesterday, hundreds of supporters marched on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile to condemn the practice. Critics say the mills are inhumane and leave pets with lasting health issues. While the Cook County ban on puppy mills is being challenged in U.S. District Court, some local governments are passing their own ordinances to limit the sales of animals raised in puppy mills.

Read more at Chicago Tribune

Trendy cat homes support a cause: Fourteen U.S. architecture firms designed chic cat houses in a fundraiser for Architects for Animals, a nonprofit that raises awareness for animals in need of shelter. The firms designed elaborate structures using materials from concrete to artificial turf and they donated them to FixNation, a free Los Angeles-based spray-and-neuter group.