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Talking dogs: Tips on training dogs to come when called

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Q: Can you give me some tips on teaching my shepherd mix Zeus to come when I call him? So far, what I'm doing isn't working.

Thanks, Jose

A: Happy to, Jose. You didn't mention what you've been doing with Zeus, so I'll list some general concepts here for, you and readers in general to consider.

I describe the recall, or teaching the come cue, ...Read more

Dog day care: How to find the best fit for your pup

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Day care for your dog? For some pet owners and their pooches, it's the best solution.

Dog trainer and behavior consultant Jonathan Klein says day care can be very beneficial, especially for dogs with separation anxieties or home-alone issues.

"Day care can provide stimulation and activities for a dog when it would otherwise be alone and ...Read more

Lusitano horse breeder's mission: Educate public on all things equine

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ST. CHARLES, Ill. -- A stallion twitches his nose and bats his long eyelashes for a visitor who has apples in her pockets. Four yearlings play tag to expend their adolescent energy. A pair of brood mares stretch while enjoying a nap in dewy grass. Lisa Diersen can't finish a sentence without being upstaged by the horses in her paddocks.

But ...Read more

Man facing charges for petting the cougars at Ohio zoo

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (UPI) -- A man facing charges after he taped himself hopping a fence at the Columbus Zoo to pet the cougars said he regrets his actions.

Josh Newell, 35, is facing a criminal trespassing charge after a video he posted to YouTube revealed he had jumped a fence at the cougar exhibit to pet the mountain lions.

"That was a very bad ...Read more

Ricky Bobby, the diaper-wearing donkey, finds a home

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DECATUR, Tex. -- This Ricky Bobby is a real jackass. But the Wilson family just loves him. The Bethlehem donkey, almost two months old, is nearly housebroken. He sometimes wears Depends for Women and there are pee pads on the floor.

Ricky Bobby sleeps in the bedroom with Johanna and Terry Wilson of Decatur.

A German shepherd-Great Dane mix ...Read more

Dog shows off table tennis skills

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WASHINGTON (UPI) -- A multi-talented black collie with a knack for sports showed off his skills at table tennis for a video going viral online.

The video, shared on YouTube by America's Funniest Home Videos, features the collie, named Auggie, holding a table tennis paddle in his mouth and using it to return his owner's serves.

Auggie shows he ...Read more

With temperatures rising, take extra to keep dogs safe from the heat

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Soaring temperatures and the blazing sun can spell trouble for dogs left outside in the heat.

And with 100-degree days playing out in some parts of the country, that means it's time to take extra care to keep your dog comfortable and healthy, experts say.

Mostly, experts say, be smart. Walk your dogs or take them to dog parks during the early ...Read more

Adorable video show kittens getting the slip by a digital mouse

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LONDON (UPI) -- An app is putting a spin on the age old battle between feline and rodent.

Two cats are put to the test in an Internet clip showing the two pets being outwitted by a digital mouse on a tablet.

Efforts to catch the rodent go in vain as the mouse scurries off the screen while squeaking in a genuine mouse-like fashion.

The game ...Read more

California police officer's overpass kitten rescue caught on camera

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PASADENA, Calif. (UPI) -- A California police department shared video of an officer conducting a late-night rescue to save a kitten he spotted stranded on a highway overpass.

The Pasadena Police Department said in a Facebook post that Officer Galvan was at an Exxon station by the Beltway 8 overpass at Red Bluff in the early hours Wednesday when...Read more

Small dog refuses to let tall wheat keep him down

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DURHAM, England (UPI) -- A woman in northeast England shared a video showing how her high-jumping dog keeps track of her while walking in a field of tall grains.

The YouTube video posted by user A Mac shows what appears to be an empty field of tall grain until her small dog, Alfie, leaps above the grain to get a look at his owner.

The grains ...Read more

County fair asked to ban event where monkeys race on backs of dogs

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CHICAGO -- Citing concern for the welfare of animals, a suburban Chicago county board member is calling for the end of a popular county fair event that features capuchin monkeys dressed as horse jockeys that ride atop dogs in a Banana Derby race.

Lake County Fair organizers say the derby will go on as planned during the fair, which runs July 29...Read more

Dog leads owner to beached baby porpoise in Wales

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CRICCIETH, Wales (UPI) -- A Welsh man shooting video with his dog during a walk on the beach recorded the moment his pet led him to a beached baby porpoise he was able to rescue.

Rich Wilcock, whose video was shared on YouTube, was walking with Leia, his 2-year-old springer spaniel, along the shoreline in Criccieth when the canine brought the ...Read more

British Columbia cats being shaved by mystery prankster

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CAMPBELL RIVER, British Columbia (UPI) -- Residents of a British Columbia town said they are afraid to let their cats wander the neighborhood because someone keeps shaving them.

Jo-Jo Yarjau of Campbell River said her 12-year-old cat, Tabby, came home with a square-shaped patch shaved into her belly in January and the feline has since come back...Read more

Dog runs head-first into net, performs perfect 'front flip'

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PORTLAND, Ore. (UPI) -- A Portland dog owner captured footage of their prized pooch running head-first into a net and accidentally performing his "first front flip."

The YouTube video shows the dog, Chai, running head-first into a net barrier at Woodstock City Park in Portland and doing a "front flip" to land on his feet on the other side of ...Read more

62 hair bands, eight pairs of undies removed from dog's stomach

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MARS, Pa. (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania dog with a curious appetite is recovering from surgery to remove 62 hair bands, eight pairs of underwear and other items from her stomach.

Dr. Hisham Ibrahim of Good Shepherd's Veterinary Hospital in Mars said he spent two hours operating on Tiki, the Weiss family's black Labrador, and discovered the dog had ...Read more

VIDEO: Puppy gives enthusiastic approval to air conditioning

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DETROIT (UPI) -- A black Labrador puppy embodied the summertime feelings of many U.S. residents with its enthusiastic response to air conditioning in a viral video.

The video, posted to YouTube by user jones948, purports to show the black lab puppy's first encounter with automobile air conditioning inside its owner's Ford Focus.

The puppy ...Read more

VIDEO: Dog grabs hose, seeks watery vengeance against owner

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WASHINGTON (UPI) -- A dog that apparently had enough of getting bathed in the garden hose made himself into a viral star by stealing the hose chasing his owner for a revenge soak.

The video, shared on YouTube by AFV Animals, features the black Labrador chasing a man in a Michigan State University sweatshirt while carrying the garden hose in its...Read more

Man punches cougar to rescue dachshund in British Columbia

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UCLELET, British Columbia (UPI) -- A British Columbia man who saw a cougar grab his dachshund in its mouth ran up to the animal and "punched it in the face."

Shawn Hanson said his 1-year-old dog, Bailey, was accompanying him on a fishing trip last week near Uclelet when a cougar grabbed the canine in its mouth and started to run.

Hanson said ...Read more

Vietnamese police: Man broke law letting dog steer motor scooter

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HANOI, Vietnam (UPI) -- Vietnamese police said a man seen in a viral video allowing his dog to steer a motor scooter would be fined if he is identified by authorities.

The video, which went viral on social media and YouTube, shows the man propping his dog's front paws on the handlebars of the scooter before taking his hands away and allowing ...Read more

Talking dogs: Use measures, even medication, to calm dogs during fireworks

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The startling bangs, booms and whistles of fireworks going off at random times, and sometimes for a number of days, can cause your dog to become moderately to severely frightened and anxious, and all dog owners should take some precautionary measures during this trying time of year.

Do your very best to place your dog in a safe environment when...Read more