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Pete Coppolillo
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World renowned ethologist Marc Beckoff (author of the Animal Emotions column at Psychology Today) asks whether working dogs are doing so against their will. As positive training becomes the standard, it's great to see people taking note...
Big thanks to world-renowned ethologist Marc Beckoff, for featuring WD4C in his Animal Emotions Column in Psychology Today! http://ow.ly/Obfg305zmlZ

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Ever heard of lobster detection dogs? This article goes back a few years, but plenty of work is still being done in Maritime Canada - and beyond. The Department of Fisheries & Oceans has had a ‘lobster dog’ since the early 1980s, first Buddy and now Sonic. These dogs have saved a gargantuan amount of time and greatly contributed to efforts that ensure lobsters are being sustainably harvested. The dog can search roughly 1000 lobster crates in 15-20 minutes, whereas it would take a couple of officers at least half a day. The dog can also be enlisted against activities such as illegal clam digging, among other important fisheries conservation and enforcement measures.

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You'll marvel all over again at the magic that is a dog's nose and the world of scent that accompanies it!

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Birch made it over for the S. Dakota opening weekend. A great time was had by all...
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This is great from every angle!
This is one of the coolest-and cutest-new jobs for a working dog:

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If you're in the Bay Area in October, come learn how dogs help save wildlife, at the Wildlife Conservation Network Expo. (see http://wildnet.org/events/wildlife-conservation-expo-2014 for more information.)
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If you're in the Bay Area in October, come learn how dogs help save wildlife, at the Wildlife Conservation Network Expo. (see http://wildnet.org/events/wildlife-conservation-expo-2014 for more information.)
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Glad to see this happening...I'm sure this will be of interest and relevant to many in this community: 
The US Marine Corps is looking for new homes and possibly careers for around 100 dogs. Other military jobs, then police and other law enforcement agencies will be given priority, but it's nice to see that their handlers will also have the opportunity to adopt them.

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If you missed this series, it's wonderful and worth checking out.  Thanks +Working Dogs for Conservation  for sharing it!
Ever want to get in dogs'- or any other animal's- heads? Nova (the PBS series) offers some preliminary glimpses. Episode 3 focuses on dogs:

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Certainly true with my dogs (and my kids, come to think of it...):
The WDC dogs are glad to see human scientists catching up with what they already know:
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