Scientists Discover “Friendliness” Gene in Dogs

It’s the friendliness gene that makes dogs so happy when their human companions come home. The excitement often cannot be contained, as seen in the short video above.

Scientists now think they have some evidence about what makes doggo such a friendly creature.

Excerpt from the Los Angeles Times

Your dog is basically a super social wolf, and scientists may have found the gene that makes him want to cuddle with you.

A new study shows that friendliness in dogs is associated with the same genes that make some people hyper-social.

The study, published this week in the journal Science Advances, found that structural variations in three genes on chromosome 6 are correlated with how much canines socialize with humans. An analysis of DNA from two dozen animals revealed that these genes look very different in dogs than they do in wolves.

Mutations in the same genes are also linked with a rare developmental disorder in humans called Williams-Beuren Syndrome, or WBS. People with WBS are typically hyper-social, meaning they form bonds quickly and show great interest in other people, including strangers. Other symptoms include developmental and learning disabilities as well as cardiovascular problems.

To Bridgett vonHoldt, who studies canine genetics at Princeton University, some of these traits sounded a lot like the behaviors of domesticated dogs, especially compared with wolves.

For example, dogs like to stay close to humans and gaze at them for longer periods of time than wolves do. Dogs also tend to be less independent in problem-solving when they’re around people, and they retain their affinity for humans throughout their lives.

“Many dogs maintain their puppy-like enthusiasm for social interactions throughout their life, whereas wolves grow out of this behavior and engage in more mature, abbreviated greetings as they age,” said Monique Udell, who studies animal behavior at Oregon State University and co-authored the new study. “One might think of how a young child greets you versus a teenager or adult relative.”

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Heroic Storm the Dog Saves Drowning Baby Deer in Incredible Feat

THIS BABY IS ALIVE THANKS TO STORM THE DOG.

New York Post

A drowning deer got a life-saving, helping paw from man’s best friend.

Storm, an English golden retriever, was out for a walk with owner Mark Freeley when the pooch spotted the young deer struggling in waters of Long Island Sound.

“Storm just plunged into the water and started swimming out to the fawn, grabbed it by the neck and started swimming to shore.” Freeley told WCBS-TV.

Freeley captured the rescue in heart-warming video that’s gone viral.

After pulling the deer to safety, Storm made sure it had a pulse.

“And then he started nudging it, and started pulling it to make sure she was gonna be OK I guess,” said Freeley, a resident of East Setauket, LI.

Strong Island Animal Rescue was called to the scene, and the spooked deer ran away – again into the water.

That required a second deer-saving mission, with Frank Florida and Erica Kutzing of Strong Island Animal Rescue looping a dog lead around the fawn’s neck.

“I don’t think I could’ve done it without the help of my partner. I was exhausted at the point my knee blew out, and I collapsed on the beach,” Florida said.

The fawn is being treated for minor injuries and will be released back into the wild once she’s old and strong enough.

He’s a good boy.

Puppy Drags Her Blanket Outside so Homeless Dog Could Sleep on It

Here’s a charming story of puppy love that I hope will brighten your day.

There is a serious side to this story, which is the degree to which animals, in this case dogs, can be altruistic. We know that among the so-called human race, that the Caucasian group shows the highest level of altruism. Maybe thousands of years of living with us have taught dogs something about altruism.

Excerpt from metro.co.uk

This is Lara.

She’s a rescue puppy who is keen on helping other dogs less fortunate than herself.

Now eight months old, she was rescued from the streets of Brazil by owner Suelen Shaumloeffel.

And she clearly remembers how tough street life was because when she saw a homeless dog on a cold evening, she dragged her new blanket out to share it with him.

It’s been chilly in the region recently and so Suelen bought a thicker blanket out to ensure that Lana was warm and cosy in her outdoor doghouse.

Little did she know that after being tucked in, Lana was actually taking the blanket out to ensure that her new pal had a comfortable sleep.

One morning Suelen came down to find both lying on it.

Suelen has been leaving food and water out for the stray dog since even though he runs away anytime she approaches.

But she thinks it’s what Lana would want.

‘I thought, “How beautiful that she did that for her friend”,’ Suelen tells The Dodo.

‘My best four-legged friend reminded me of something so important: generosity!

Police Dogs in Action (1965 Educational Film)

A lost child is found with the help of a German Shepherd police dog. And that’s only the beginning of this fascinating look into the life of a police dog 52 years ago!

Published on Jul 9, 2017

FBI & Police Training playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…

Pets, Work Animals, Hunting Dogs, Horses, Cats… playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…

more at http://quickfound.net/

“A profile of Police Dogs, how they are trained, and what happens when they are off the job.”

Reupload of a previously uploaded film with improved video & sound.

Originally a public domain film from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Police_dog
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A police dog, often referred to as a “K-9” (which is a homophone of canine) in some areas, is a dog that is trained specifically to assist police and other law-enforcement personnel in their work. The most commonly used breed is the German Shepherd, although now Belgian Malinois are also fairly popular dogs to use.

In many jurisdictions the intentional injuring or killing of a police dog is a felony, subjecting the perpetrator to harsher penalties than those in the statutes embodied in local animal cruelty laws, just as an assault on a human police officer is often a more serious offense than the same assault on a non-officer. A growing number of law-enforcement organizations outfit dogs with ballistic vests, and some make the dogs sworn officers, with their own police badges and IDs. Furthermore, a police dog killed in the line of duty is often given a full police funeral.

Some breeds are used to enforce public order by chasing and holding suspects, or detaining suspects by the threat of being released, either by direct apprehension or a method known as Bark and Hold. German Shepherd Dogs and Belgian Malinois are most commonly used because of their availability (see List of police dog breeds); however other dog breeds have also contributed, such as Dutch Shepherds, Rottweilers, Boxers, Doberman Pinschers, Giant Schnauzers, American Pit Bull Terriers, and American Staffordshire Terriers.

– Search and rescue dog (SAR) – This dog is used to locate suspects or find missing people or objects. Bloodhounds are often used for this task.
– Detection dog or explosive-sniffing dog – Some dogs are used to detect illicit substances such as drugs or explosives which may be carried on a person in their effects. In many countries, Beagles are used in airports to sniff the baggage for items that are not permitted; due to their friendly nature and appearance, the Beagle does not worry most passengers.
– Arson dogs – Some dogs are trained to pick-up on traces of accelerants at sites of suspected arson.
– Cadaver dogs – Some dogs are trained in detecting the odor of decomposing bodies. Dogs’ noses are so sensitive that they are even capable of detecting bodies that are under running water…

Popular breeds

– Argentine Dogo (protect the officer, attack dog, sniff out bombs, sniff out drugs, sniff out food)
– German Shepherd (protect the officer, attack dog, ground based tracking and air based tracking, locating human remains, locating drugs, locating IEDs, locating evidence)
– Dutch Shepherd (protect the officer, attack dog)
– Belgian Malinois (protect the officer, attack dog, locating IEDs, locating evidence, locating drugs, prisoner transport, human tracking)
– Boxer (protect the officer, attack dog)
– Labrador Retriever (sniff out bombs, sniff out drugs)
– Doberman Pinscher (protect the officer, attack dog)
– Springer Spaniel (sniff out bombs, sniff out drugs)
– Bloodhound (odor-specific ID, trackings, sniff out bombs, sniff out drugs, locating evidence)
– Beagle (sniff out bombs, sniff out drugs, sniff out food)
– Rottweiler (protect the officer, attack dog)
– Giant Schnauzer (protect the officer, attack dog)
– Bernese Mountain Dog (finds missing people)

Retirement

Police dogs are retired if they become injured to an extent where they will not recover completely…

United States Of America…

On the federal level, police dogs are rarely seen by the general public, though they may be viewed in some airports assisting Transportation Security Administration officials search for explosives and weapons. Some dogs may also be used by tactical components of such agencies as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Marshals Service…

POLICE DOG MEMORIAL IN AUSTRALIA.

Racist Dog Foils Attempted Armed Robbery

An unidentified doggo took on a Negro with a gun and won.

NOLA

A woman’s dog helped thwart a would-be armed robbery in New Orleans Friday night (July 7), authorities said.

The 63-year-old victim and a man, 43, were getting out of their vehicles in the 2900 block of Grand Route Saint John Street around 8:50 p.m. when a man armed with a pistol walked up to them, NOPD said.

The gunman demanded money from the pair, but they told him they didn’t have any cash. During the encounter, the woman managed to make her way to the rear of her vehicle and opened the back door to let out her dog.

The woman gave the dog an attack command, and the gunman ran off.

No other information was available about the incident.

Whatever happened to real reporting? All reporters do now when they’re not making up “The Russians did it” stories is sit at a computer and read the police department Twitter feed.

Here’s what we need to have that’s missing from this pathetic excuse of a story:

1. Photo and history of heroic dog.
2. Photo of owner and background on owner.
3. Description of perp, who is on the loose.

Black armed robbers have been plaguing New Orleans for decades. One of my Tulane University professors, Paul Hanley, his wife, and his or her parents were robbed at gunpoint back in the 70s.

The problem has gotten worse since then in the Chocolate City. It’s always helpful to have a pupper around when the chocolate man is around.

Gawker ran a story in 2013 explaining why dogs are racists. Dog experts offered a variety of opinions about why dogs don’t like people of color. This is interesting speculation.

Dogs: why are they so racist? You know the type: prancing along as merry as can be until a human of a certain skin tone walks by, and then—bang!—all the barking and snarling and biting. It’s been a source of uncomfortable comedy for years. Some dogs are just racist. But why? We turned to the real live dog psychology experts to find out.

WHY are dogs racist?

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Florida Pit Bull Rescued from Hot Car by Police After Good Samaritan Calls in Report

Leave doggo at home with the air conditioning on in the summer in America when you leave in your car to run errands. That’s true even in northern states, because the inside of a car can get really hot there too.

When a woman saw a little pit bull inside a car in Florida with the windows rolled all the way up, she phoned the police.

The Good Samaritan is a Jewish woman who has four foster dogs at home. Kudos to her for calling law enforcement, who estimate that the temperature in the car was around 110 degrees. Doggo’s life was saved by quick action this time. Not every dog in a hot car will be so lucky.

WPTV

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A Boynton Beach police officer was forced to break into a car Monday, after a dog was left inside in the heat of the day.

It happened around 10:30 a.m., in a parking lot near Bank of America off of Woolbright Road.

Ilisa Diamond and her husband had just parked nearby, and noticed the dog inside a locked car.

“We looked and we knew it was wrong, just knew it was immediately wrong,” she told us in a FaceTime interview from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. They were preparing to fly home to New Jersey.

“As soon as we got out of the car, we thought oh my god, are we being taped? Like on an episode of What Would You Do? We just did what we thought was right,” she said.

Ilisa, who has 4 foster dogs at home, noticed the car was not running and all the windows were up. She called the Boynton Beach non-emergency line. Officers believed it was at least 110 degrees inside, they got to work to free the male pit bull.

“He didn’t even flinch when the police officer banged on the window trying to open it,” she recalled

“You guys are heroes. Thank you,” you can hear her say on the video.

Less than 2 minutes after authorities showed up, the was dog free.

“The dog looked like a great dog, he looks like he was really well cared for. I think the young girl needs education and I think if we could just get education out there, that you cannot leave dogs in cars,” she said.

They got him into the shade, and gave him water. Eventually, the dog’s owner came out. She told officers she just left the dog park and drove to the bank. When the drive-thru was closed, she ran inside. The woman learned it’s against the law to do this to a dog, she was cited and allowed to take her dog home.

“We have a lot of tragedies that can be avoided by some education,” Ilisa said.

We reached out the dog’s owner, she did not want to comment.

In 2016, the governor signed into law, making it legal to break into locked vehicles to rescue pets or people.

Watch the police break out a window and bring the panting dog some water.

Heed this warning, please.

Three Police Dogs Barely Survive Contact with Deadly New Drug

Dog lovers, watch out for what doggo sniffs.

Excerpt from Buzzfeed

In the back of his police car, Primus had an aimless stare, didn’t respond to questions, and wouldn’t play with his ball.

The 3-year-old German shorthaired pointer had been working with the Sheriff’s Office in Broward County, Florida, for two years, sniffing out weed, cocaine, heroin, and other drugs. Now he was overdosing.

On October 27, Primus and two other police dogs, Packer and Finn, trained to find hidden cash, had spent the morning investigating an empty house as part of a Drug Enforcement Agency investigation into a heroin ring. The three dogs are now the poster pups for the dangers of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid that can kill a human just from skin contact, and a dog just from a sniff.

“Everywhere that you could possibly try to hide drugs is where the dogs try to sniff,” Detective Andrew Weinman told BuzzFeed News. “Things are hidden in some pretty ingenious places.”

The dog’s handlers had first checked the house for anything that might hurt the animals, like broken glass, spilled chemicals, or other obvious dangers. Then the dogs, led by Primus, entered on leashes and began their search.

“They didn’t really find anything, aside from a little marijuana,” Weinman said. But just to be cautious, the Sheriff’s Office handlers, Dustin Thompson and Julie Fraley, always stay with the dogs for a half hour after a search to watch for signs of problems. After a few minutes, it was clear Primus was in trouble.

“He was just staring out into the distance without seeing his handler. He wouldn’t play with his toy, wouldn’t drink water, was kind of leaning on the back of the car,” Weinman said.

Soon it was clear that Packer and Finn were affected as well. It wasn’t clear what had happened. Dog overdoses from different drugs look very much alike, and the cops hadn’t found any drugs, anyway. The K-9 team drove to an animal hospital two minutes away.

The call came just as they arrived that the rest of the investigation team had discovered fentanyl in the ceiling of the house, in a box far above dog nose level. “It was nowhere near where these dogs could sniff,” Weinman said.

In September, the DEA issued a nationwide warning to police officers about fentanyl, a chemical cousin to morphine, heroin, and the opioid painkillers responsible for a nationwide overdose epidemic that took around 33,000 lives in 2015. Fentanyl is 30 to 50 times as potent as heroin and has contributed to a sharp uptick in US overdose deaths since 2013, when it first began to show up in illicit heroin. Queries from BuzzFeed News to state public health agencies suggest that fentanyl-related deaths now exceed those from heroin in more than a dozen states.

The DEA warning came after two Atlantic City police officers overdosed and nearly died after smelling a puff of an evidence bag containing a mixture of heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl.

“I felt like my body was shutting down, like I was going to stop living,” Atlantic County Detective Eric Price said in a DEA video about the incident.

Fentanyl is potent enough that just two milligrams — the size of a pinch of sand — can trigger an overdose in an adult.

What saved the Atlantic City police officers was the same thing that saved Primus: an injection of naloxone, a drug that blocks the brain receptors for opioid drugs.

The Mexican drug cartels brought this plague into America. Trump is cleansing the USA of these scum.