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96% of dogs relinquished to shelters have received zero formal obedience training! This is one of the main factors that hinder dogs from getting adopted. 30 Day Perfect Pup has launched a 100% free online dog training class. It comes with in-depth videos, an eBook and daily tips. It's a great resource for new puppy parents, people looking to polish some of their dog`s skills and anyone who wants to create a better relationship with their pup.

Can dogs survive on a vegan diet? The co-evolution of the domestic dog alongside their human companions means that although dogs have carnivore anatomy, they have evolved some nifty adaptions for living alongside people and scavenging our scraps. However, dogs still need an easily digestible diet that is rich in protein so that nutrients can be rapidly absorbed into their bodies. For this reason, vegan dogs will struggle to digest the high fiber of plant-based diets and are at risk of vitamin D and B deficiencies. In one study of vigorously exercising dogs, those eating a plant-based diet showed damage to their blood. The blood remained normal in meat-eating dogs.

In the UK, cat owners who feed their pets a vegan diet could be prosecuted under the Animal Welfare Act - in which the punishment may include jail time.

Elderly residents fight loneliness with dog robots. Furry robotic pets – Lucy and Hasbro – have been brought in to reduce anxiety and loneliness in senior care facilities in the UK. The four-legged robo-pets meow and bark and wag their tails when petted by residents. The robo-cat lies on its back to have her tummy rubbed while Hasbro a Golden Retriever wags his tail when stroked.

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