8
Jul

Pets Improve Human Well-Being

THURSDAY, July 14 (HealthDay News) — Pets are a key source of social and emotional support for their owners, whether they are “everyday” people or those facing serious health problems, a news study finds. “We observed evidence that pet owners fared better, both in terms of well-being outcomes and individual differences, than non-owners on several dimensions,” said lead researcher Allen

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8
Jul

Dogs Suffer From War Also

SAN ANTONIO — The call came into the behavior specialists here from a doctor in Afghanistan. His patient had just been through a firefight and now was cowering under a cot, refusing to come out Apparently even the chew toys hadn’t worked. Post-traumatic stress disorder, thought Dr. Walter F. Burghardt Jr., chief of behavioral medicine at the Daniel E. Holland

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8
Jul

A Death in the Family

Dear Perfect Manners, My 6 yr Yellow Male Lab, attacked and bit my 12 yr. old daughters nose this past Sunday. I’m dealing with guilt of not seeing this coming and did not protect my daughter and guilt of putting my beloved dog to death. My dog was treat trained…never made the time to get educated enough and train him

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8
Jul

Crackdown on Dog Barking

PAHOA, Hawaii—Carl Oguss is trying to use psychology to reform a couple of scofflaws, who are meeting with him as part of a plea deal. “No!” he shouts, jabbing a finger at the miscreants after they appear to snub his attempt to drum some sense into them. One of them, Kala, hangs her head. The other, Kamakani, gives a defiant

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8
Jul

Traveling With Your Dog

(HealthDay News) — If you are planning a long road trip and taking Rover or Fluffy along, the ASPCA offers these suggestions to help keep you and your animal safe: Acclimate your pet for a long trip by taking the animal on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car. Start your pet on a

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8
Jul

Patti Milazzo of Perfect Manners featured in Elmhurst Press

Patti Milazzo of Elmhurst IL, professional dog trainer at Perfect Manners Dog Training, her husband Frank and 16 other volunteers and their dogs visited the Connecticut town last week where 20 children and six faculty members were killed by a gunman Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Milazzo trains comfort dogs for Lutheran Church Charities in Addison which helps

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8
Jul

Dog Bite Claims Increase

It turns out that not only are dogs biting the mailman — they’re biting a whole lot of other people, too. And, more than ever, their owners are being made to pay for their dogs’ indiscretions. Dog-bite claims against consumers’ homeowners insurance policies rose by 5.5 percent last year to a record 17,359. Dog bites accounted for more than one-third

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