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PETA Responds To Dog’s Death In United Airlines Cargo Hold [EXCLUSIVE]

United Airlines came under fire once again this week as news broke that a 5-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Lulu died in the cargo hold on a flight from Houston to San Francisco. The family of the dog said the plane was held on the tarmac for two hours August 6, on which day temperatures reached above 90 degrees in the city. In an exclusive interview with International Business Times, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) responded to the dog’s death. “It’s tragic,” Daphna Nachminovitch, a PETA…

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Success In Placing Shelter Dogs Takes More Than Temperament Tests

Getty Images/iStockphoto New evidence is calling into question the reliability of temperament tests widely used to help assess whether it’s safe to send a dog home with an adoptive family, according to a fascinating and important article published last week in The New York Times. A commonly used “food bowl” test — in which the tester removes a food bowl from a dog in order to test whether the animal shows extreme or dangerous levels of “resource guarding” behavior — has been shown, according to studies cited in the Times…

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Coddled Puppies Make Poor Guide Dogs, Study Suggests

Enlarge this image New research found a link between how puppies interact with their mothers and how they perform in guide dog training. Westend61/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Westend61/Getty Images Well-trained guide dogs are important for visually impaired people who rely on them. But many puppies bred to be guide dogs flunk out of training programs. A study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests the way a puppy’s mother raises it may be the key to the dog’s success, or failure. A research…

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