Episode #64 by Real.Dog/Box
Did you know… more and more pet owners are choosing to feed real food? Dog food delivery is becoming is more popular as pet owners transition to feeding fresh food. Forbes highlighted the best dog food delivery services, and We Feed Raw made the shortlist. It's great to see that raw food is hitting the mainstream! If you are wanting to save some dollars, you can always prepare your dog’s raw food at home!
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Curbside Grooming during the COVID-19 pandemic has been blowing up! Many states have allowed for groomers to open with curbside service because they recognize the need for grooming as part of preventive health care for pets. In Pennsylvania, a senator even proposed a bill that would allow for groomers to reopen under CDC guidelines. Sessions can include haircuts, nail trims, ear cleaning and teeth brushing.
Spot, the Robotic “Dog,” from Boston-Dynamics has received worldwide attention. Now this robot is learning to herd sheep! And the sheep are responding similarly to that of a canine. A New Zealand tech company is training Spot to herd sheep. What will this mean for traditional working dogs?
Keeping your pet safe during a pandemic does NOT look like a lysol bath for your dog! The LA Times broke down what it does look like, which is: wiping down leashes and harnesses after walks, wearing a mask when you walk your dog, and limiting/restricting encounters with other dogs. Because dogs do not play a significant role in transmitting the virus, the best way to keep your pet safe is to follow the guidelines that would keep you safe!
Fearlessness and Anxiety as Genetic Factor for Dogs: A university research group conducted a study with 120 Great Danes that provided more evidence to support their hypothesis that anxiety and fearfulness is a hereditary trait in dogs. The study has identified a genomic region that underlies fearfulness and “includes several candidate genes associated with brain development.” While this development is important to understanding anxiety in dogs, it is noted that the environment still plays a very large role in traits in dogs. This study excluded puppy socialization which has already been found to significantly impact fearlessness.
Walmart wants to be a one-stop shop for pet owners. It’s no secret that Millenials spend a lot of money on their dogs, but young pet owners are looking towards more affordable vet care for their pets. Last year, Walmart launched their own Pet Pharmacy and opened at least 100 vet clinics at the end of 2019. According to the senior vice president, Walmart claims they are going to bring down the cost of pet ownership by offering more affordable options.
Dogs will rescue their “distressed” owners from captivity if they were able to do so. In a recent study, 60 pet dogs were presented with their owner trapped in a box that had a lightweight door that could be opened by the dog. They presented different variations of the test, including the owner making distressed calls, and the owner reading a book. The dogs exhibited less stress (less whining and panting) when their owner was not making distressed calls for help. The researchers concluded that “even without training, many dogs will try and rescue people who appear to be in distress – and when they fail, we can still see how upset they are.”
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