Newly Discovered Genetic Element Adjusts Coat Color in Dogs http://bit.ly/2TTJCEY
Why are Irish Setters so red? Geneticists at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine now have an answer for why some dogs have more intense coat colors than others.

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Smiling Dog: Riley http://bit.ly/2THOEUY ...

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Name and age: Bella, 12 years

Adoption Story: Bella was at an adoption event outside of PetSmart. Although we already had two rescue dogs, and were not looking for another one, Bella was a beauty and we had a connection. We decided to adopt her on the condition that all the dogs got along. We took her home and it was like she had always been with us. There #dc #dmv #dog #dogboarding #doggo #doggydaycare #doglover #doglovers #dogoftheday #dogs #dogsitter #dogsofinsta #dogsofinstagram #dogstagram #dogtrainer #dogwalk #dogwalker #dogwalking #instadog #maryland #pet #petcare #pets #petsitter #petsitting #petsofinstagram #puppy #virginia #waggywalkys

https://www.waggywalkys.com/smiling-dog-bella/
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Dog's name and age: Juno, 2 years

Adoption Story: I fostered her mother who was a shelter dog who had nine beautiful puppies and I decided to keep one of the pups and chose Juno. She turned out to be such a sweet natured dog who gets along with everyone. Juno has been very instrumental in working with other shelter dogs. #dc #dmv #dog #dogboarding #doggo #doggydaycare #doglover #doglovers #dogoftheday #dogs #dogsitter #dogsofinsta #dogsofinstagram #dogstagram #dogtrainer #dogwalk #dogwalker #dogwalking #instadog #maryland #pet #petcare #pets #petsitter #petsitting #petsofinstagram #puppy #virginia #waggywalkys

https://www.waggywalkys.com/smiling-dog-juno/
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Find out what foods are safe for people but dangerous for pets!

Some foods that are considered good for people can be very dangerous for pets. The list below highlights some of the most common foods that can be dangerous to animals. #bestdogfood #dogwalkers #dogwalking #housesitting #petsitting #waggywalkys

https://www.waggywalkys.com/foods-poisonous-pets/
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A neighborhood comes to the rescue, sort of.

People swarm like ants to the “estate sale” at Anna Mott’s house halfway down the block.

Three days running I hadn’t seen Anna push her walker past my house to the corner and back, and I suspected the worst. After her husband died last summer, their home began to look shabby and sad, the shrubs overgrown, the draperies drawn day and night. #dc #dmv #dog #dogboarding #doggo #doggydaycare #doglover #doglovers #dogoftheday #dogs #dogsitter #dogsofinsta #dogsofinstagram #dogstagram #dogtrainer #dogwalk #dogwalker #dogwalking #instadog #maryland #pet #petcare #pets #petsitter #petsitting #petsofinstagram #puppy #virginia #waggywalkys

https://www.waggywalkys.com/vigilantes-watching-out-for-dogs/
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Merry Christmas from the Waggy Walkys Family.

May this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright New Year. Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! #christmas #christmasdog #christmaspuppy #dog #dogboarding #dogforchristmas #doggo #doggydaycare #dogholiday #doglover #doglovers #dogoftheday #dogs #dogsitter #dogsofinsta #dogsofinstagram #dogstagram #dogtrainer #dogwalk #dogwalking #instadog #maryland #pet #pets #petsitter #petsitting #petsofinstagram #puppy #waggywalkys

https://www.waggywalkys.com/merry-christmas-from-our-family-to-yours/
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Cold weather and shorter daylight hours call for extra vigilance and special care.

Winter is officially here and most of the country is dealing with harsh and cold winter weather. The cold weather and shorter daylight hours make dog walks and exercising extra challenging. If you live with companion animals, winter time comes with a few cautions. #dc #dmv #dog #dogboarding #doggo #doggydaycare #doglover #doglovers #dogoftheday #dogs #dogsitter #dogsofinsta #dogsofinstagram #dogstagram #dogtrainer #dogwalk #dogwalker #dogwalking #instadog #maryland #pet #petcare #pets #petsitter #petsitting #petsofinstagram #puppy #virginia #waggywalkys

https://www.waggywalkys.com/a-few-tips-to-keep-your-dogs-safe-in-winter/
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Study explores differences in dog brains

It isn’t news to anybody that different breeds of dogs were bred for different functions. (Though there is a lot of variation within breeds, difference between breeds are considerable.) Nobody is surprised when a retriever loves to retrieve or a shepherd is a natural at herding. Dogs whose ancestors were bred for guarding, scent hunting, sight hunting or companionship have similarly predictable behavior in many cases. Though temperaments, behavior and cognitive abilities have been explored across breeds and breed groups, the neuroanatamincal (brain structure) basis of these differences has not been as well studied. A new research project investigated the links between brain structure and behavior.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/is-it-all-in-dogs-heads/
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UC Davis Anthropologists and Geneticists Traced Dog’s DNA Back 2,000 Years

Inuit sled dogs have changed little since people migrated with them to the North American Arctic across the Bering Strait from Siberia, according to researchers who have examined DNA from the dogs from that time span. The legacy of these Inuit dogs survives today in Arctic sled dogs, making them one of the last remaining descendant populations of indigenous, pre-European dog lineages in the Americas.

The latest research is the result of nearly a decade’s work by University of California, Davis, researchers in anthropology and veterinary genetics, who analyzed the DNA of hundreds of dogs’ ancient skeletal remains to determine that the Inuit dog had significantly different DNA than other Arctic dogs, including malamutes and huskies.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/unique-sled-dogs-helped-the-inuit-thrive-in-the-north-american-arctic/
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This week the President made an appearance in the White House Rose Garden with Conan, the Belgian Malinois who participated in the special forces raid in Syria that resulted in the death of Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.  Conan was “slightly wounded” when Baghdadi killed himself with an explosive in his Syrian compound. Reports are that demand for this rare, excellent working dog breed are soaring due to the hero’s notoriety … no doubt by many who do not understand the demands of these smart-as-a-whip working dogs, and the extraordinary training and active lifestyle that best serves them. For those of you tempted by the allure of purchasing the equivalent of a canine Navy SEAL—resist and adopt a mutt from your local shelter. You both will be better served.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/president-trump-praises-hero-dog-wounded-in-isis-raid/
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How my dog rewards me

I do envy people with working dog partners, like those amazing search and rescue dogs who locate lost humans, or those who do scat detection work with conservation researchers. The list is long for the services that dogs’ noses have been put to in helping us. So, it is with a dollop of pride that I want to tell you about my little Terrier Charlie and his uncanny talent for finding his housemate’s poop. He has honed this ability to such a degree that I need to share his latest feat with you.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/poop-finder-extraordinaire/
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But who can read the message?

Where and how we grow up influences who we become in so many ways, including, it turns out, how well we can recognize dog emotions. In a comprehensive study of this phenomenon, researchers found evidence that the role of dogs in a culture plays a role in the ability of people from that culture to correctly interpret the emotional content of canine facial expressions.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/emotions-are-written-all-over-dogs-faces/
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Dog-friendly beach vacations are growing in popularity as more folks are choosing to bring their four-legged family members along on their adventures. Dogs have always been welcomed with open arms on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, with its laid back attitude and dog-friendly beaches. From restaurants to accommodations, there are many places for dogs to explore on the Outer Banks (also referred to as OBX).
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/dogs-like-beach-vacations-too/
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Lowered risk of mortality associated with having a dog
Having dogs means living better. It’s hard to argue with that and who wants to, anyway? Well, there’s no arguing with two new studies that conclude that having dogs means living longer. Two recently published studies have found that people with dogs have a reduced mortality risk.

Researchers analyzed multiple studies from 70 years of research on nearly 4 million people in North America, Scandinavia, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. They found that having a dog lowered the combined risk of death from all causes by 24 percent. For people who had previously had a heart attack, the associated benefit of having a dog was a 31 percent reduction in the likelihood of death caused by a cardiovascular event.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/dogs-are-life/
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Big Red is just an adorable big kid and loves running around in the yard with the volunteers.  He's 1-1/2 years old and definitely increases the happy endorphins!  Just look at his adorable face–he is so photogenic!  Big Red is good on leash, likes toys, loves pets, body rubs and attention, and responds well to basic signals with a treat–he is very eager to learn and a great candidate for reward-based training.  Big Red is looking for a his new family who like the outdoors and want to teach him how to be the best dog he can be!! He's a really good boy, so come on down to OAS during open hours and meet your new best friend, Big Red–you won't regret it!

Available for adoption through Oakland Animal Shelter
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/smiling-dog-big-red/
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Tips to prevent over excited dog greetings.
Dear Bark: Thanksgiving’s coming and I’m looking forward to hosting the dinner this year. However, I’m a little concerned about the greeting behavior of my high-spirited pups, who tend to bark, jump, lick and generally carry on when someone new comes through the door. Most of my friends and family are dog-friendly and don’t mind the fuss, but a few just don’t like dogs all that much, which I completely understand. In the past, I've tried redirection, keeping the dogs confined in another room (this works for the greeting issue, but not the barking), and having a dedicated dog person monitor the dogs. Do you have any other tips? —Stressed Dad
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/when-greetings-are-a-contact-sport/
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Happy Thanksgiving to all of our clients and their owners, as well as our family and friends. We at Waggy Walkys are thankful for many things, but you guys top the list!
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Does your dog whine when he sees you heading for the door? Are shredded pillows a frequent welcome home from work? Does your otherwise housetrained pooch have a problem with accidents in your absence?

If so, your dog might have a case of separation anxiety.

Kit Darling, infection control coordinator at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, says canine separation anxiety is a condition born from love. “Since dogs have been domesticated over thousands of years, there has been the development of a bond between dogs and people,” Darling said. “Dogs are social animals and thrive on companionship. They would like to spend all of their time with you if they could.” Separation anxiety arises when a dog becomes stressed and anxious in the absence of their owner. Oftentimes, this distress manifests in symptoms that mimic misbehavior.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/how-to-help-with-separation-anxiety-in-dogs/
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Players and staff love Zöe, their French Bulldog

If other professional football teams want to know the secret behind the San Francisco 49ers amazing start this season (eight consecutive wins and no losses at the time of this writing), they might want to consider Zöe’s role. Zöe is the National Football League’s first emotional support dog, and she is an asset to the team.

Zöe helps both players and staff, lessening stress and anxiety and bringing happiness to a group of people who are frequently in physical pain as well as dealing with emotional issues. Yes, the players and many of the coaches have their dream jobs and love what they do, but that does not mean that they have an easy life. Working for the NFL means being in a pressure cooker, and constantly dealing with that stress takes its toll.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/emotional-support-dog-joins-forty-niners-football/
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