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Episode #52 by Real.Dog/Box

Did you know… March is Canine Enrichment Month? That’s right. This month we are focusing on mental games for your pups. Teaching your pups to use their brains is often more stimulating than physical exercise. Get started with some nosework or snufflemats! Treats are an obvious must for food motivated dogs - this month, add on a Treat Only Box to get to work on those brain games.

We asked a few of our members what canine enrichment looked like to them. Peep the video and post and tag us in how you bond with your pups by adding in some mental work to your routine this month!

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Are home-based pet sitters hurting the doggy daycare industry? Both sides have launched vigorous lobbying efforts. State laws governing kennels were largely written decades ago; they did not anticipate the rise of app-based sharing services - interesting to see how this affects traditional kennels. "All these dot-com websites, and all the people that advertise on Craigslist, they’re taking away from the commercial boarding industry... affecting our daily living and income."

Stone-age peoples shared graves with their dogs. Stone age communities in the Iberian Peninsula (today’s Spain) buried dogs alongside humans - mainly in circular graves, together or near humans. The burials may have been sacrificial or religious in nature - “found in an area of cultural influence that gives a symbolic value to the dog during that period.” These dogs were also fed a diet very similar to that of their owners and their proximity to their owners’ burial suggests the important role they played in the lives of Neolithic populations.

Meet the dogs of the 2020 presidential race. Our current commander in chief may be the only president in office without a dog for the last 100 years, but candidates for the upcoming election have revealed their “secret (four-legged) weapon.”

Estonians rescue wild wolf from ice thinking it was a dog. Kind-hearted Estonian workers rushed to rescue a dog in distress from a freezing river on Wednesday - unaware of the fact they were actually about to bundle a wild wolf into their car. The wolf had low blood pressure when it arrived at the veterinarian's office, which may have explained its docile nature after the men carried it to their car to warm it up.

Dogs bred to scare bears away—to protect them. Karelian bear dogs are a new, non-lethal tool for wildlife agencies concerned with ursine visitors getting too comfortable around humans. In 1996, the Wind River Bear Institute was founded to train a special breed of dogs to be “bear shepherds”—to bark and scare away bears when they get too close to human settlements and to condition them to steer clear. “Bears are naturally afraid of canids… [b]ecause packs of coyotes can steal cubs,” so they take off and don’t come back. Win-Win.

Genes might explain why dogs can’t sniff out some people under stress. Trained police dogs couldn’t recognize stressed-out people with a particular version of a gene that’s involved in stress management. In the study, dogs had no trouble identifying the men and women volunteers when the people weren’t under stress. This may help explain why dogs can perform flawlessly in training but have difficulty tracking people in real-world situations.

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