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Classroom Dogs – Are The Benefits Worth The Hassle?

Classroom Dogs - Are They Worth The Hassle?

Classroom dogs may seem more of a distraction than a benefit, but more and more studies are showing that having almost any kind of pet in class can bring significant benefits to students. A major study conducted jointly by the Pet Care Trust and the American Humane Society published in 2015 found the top three benefits to students from having pets in the classroom were improved learning outcomes in the areas of care and compassion, responsibility and science and nature.

The main school-wide benefits were improvements in classroom social interactions, classroom behavioural issues and class participation.

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Why Are Some People Afraid Of Dogs? Some Causes And Possible Cures.

Why Are Some People Afraid Of Dogs?

Although fear of dogs is less common than fear of snakes or spiders, it is still quite a common phobia. In extreme cases an anxiety attack can be provoked by even the anticipation of meeting a dog.

Fear of dogs is known as cynophobia and most commonly develops between the ages of ten and thirteen. It can be a learned behavior where the sufferer has been taught to be afraid of dogs, often by another person with the same condition. In some cases a sufferer may have had a bad experience with a dog or even witnessed an event where another person has been attacked by a dog.

The person has probably not spent a lot of time around dogs when growing up. People who do grow up with dogs rarely develop an irrational fear of them.

There is a point of view that humans have evolved to have a fear of dogs dating from a time when dogs were seen as a predator and something to be avoided.

People can be cured of their fear of dogs. Part of the cure often involves learning that dogs often bark but rarely bite.

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Shelter Dogs – US Soldiers To Bring Them Home

Shelter Dogs - US Soldiers To Bring Them Home

We all know that the United States Armed Forces use the latest and most sophisticated technology as the go about their duties. Fewer people are aware of the role of a more traditional helper in these duties.

The US didn't really start to use dogs until the Second World War. The armies of Europe have been using them for far longer - in the case of Germany the use of dogs goes back to well before the First World War.

Dogs were trained for use in a number of areas including ​sentry duty, scout dogs and messenger dogs.

By 1943 the army had obtained at least 11000 dogs for training and they accepted a wide range of breeds.

The military have continued to use dogs in all conflicts right up to the present day. In Vietnam some of the dogs found it a bit difficult to cope with the heat. However, despite this, no guerilla force ever succeeded in penetrating a dog manned sentry post undetected.

These days the United Stated Air Force trains dogs for all branches of the forces including US Customs

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11 Interesting Dog Facts

I love to hear about other people and their dogs. I also love to hear dog stories. Recently, the Dublin Dog Blog listed a number of interesting dog facts.

Here are a few of them:

  • 13 dogs were counted among the survivors of the sinking of the Titanic. 2 Pomeranians and 1 Pekingese managed to escape the catastrophic iceberg encounter by being smuggled aboard lifeboats by their respective owners.
  • Despite what you may want to believe, your dog actually doesn’t love being hugged. For him, having your arms wrapped around him is an uncomfortable sign of dominance. Not exactly the sentiment you were going for. Ear scratches, belly rubs, or a good old fashioned game of fetch might be a better way of saying “hey buddy, I love you!”

I love to hear about other people and their dogs. I also love to hear dog stories. Recently, the Dublin Dog Blog listed a number of interesting dog facts.

Here are a few of them:

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