How safe is a dog lick, anyway?
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It's possible -- but rare -- for a lick from the family pup to transmit bacteria that can cause dangerous blood poisoning.
Social media has fuelled a trend for foreign dogs being rehomed in the UK, hampering domestic rescue efforts and increasing disease risks.
Accusations of animal cruelty at this year's Crufts have reminded us of the mostly hidden dark side of pedigree breeding.
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An animal science expert explains why Crufts teaches us so much about man's best friend.
The answer lies in the history we share with our canine companions.
Dogs being dominant (left) and submissive (right).
Joanne van der Borg
Researchers have homed in on a number of behaviours that are associated with dominance and submission amongst groups of dogs.
Studies have, in the past, suggested that dogs appeal most to people who are extroverted, conscientious, agreeable and conventional.
Pets inspire powerful emotions and strong attachments. They comfort the sick, console the lonely and entertain the children. We invite them into our families, pay their human-sized medical expenses and…