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Are you happy? Disgusted? Your dog can tell the difference

Once again researchers at the Family Dog Project in Hungary have confirmed an ability that dog lovers have long suspected in our canine companions. In an ingenious series of experiments the Eötvös Loránd University ethologists demonstrated that dogs can discriminate between human expressions of happiness, disgust, and simply blank indifference. [1] They built on earlier studies which had shown that dogs can tell the difference between smiling and “blank” photos of their owners’ faces, but did not recognize these differences on

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Breed-Specific Legislation

Breed-specific legislation on the decline

  Breed-Specific Legislation on the Decline : 5 more states no longer allow BSL & more than 7x as many U.S. Municipalities repealed or rejected proposed BSL, than enacted it between: January 2012 – May 2014. The national trend is moving steadily away from breed-specific legislation (BSL) and toward breed neutral laws that hold all owners equally accountable for the humane care, custody and control of their dogs. The list of states that are considering and passing legislation to preempt municipalities from

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Telly Award
Law Enforcement Resources

National Canine Research Council & Safe Humane Selected As Winners In The 35th Annual Telly Awards

The Telly Awards has named the National Canine Research Council and Safe Humane as a winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards, Employee Communications and Training categories, for their piece titled “Police & Dog Encounters Video Training Series.” With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor. The video training series, produced by Karl Productions, provides officers with hands-on skills and information to protect themselves, the public and the dogs they encounter in

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Law Enforcement Resources

Associated Press reports on NCRC video series that keeps both family dogs and police officers safe.

The heartbreak of a family dog’s death in a police shooting can be avoided while keeping officers safe according to a recent Associated Press story [1] and video [2].  Police and Dog Encounters: Tactical Strategies and Effective Tools to Keep our Communities Safe and Humane is a new five-video series prepares law enforcement officers for interactions with dogs in the line of duty. Police and Dog Encounters is about staying safe. It gives officers hands-on skills and information to protect themselves, the

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National Canine Research Council is growing.

National Canine Research Council (NCRC) is growing. Janis Bradley, who joined NCRC last year, has been named Director of Communications and Publications. The current Director, Donald Cleary, will continue working with NCRC as a policy and research consultant. Donald co-authored both The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters, a handbook for police responders, published by the U.S. Department of Justice, and of “Co-occurrence of potentially preventable factors in 256 dog bite-related fatalities in the United States (2000 – 2009),” a comprehensive

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Canine Behavior

“Please don’t make me bite you”: A dog’s eye view of dog bite prevention

This week is Dog Bite Prevention Week, and here’s something that most press releases, websites, and lists of do’s and don’ts may not mention: Dogs will do their part to prevent dog bites. All they need is a little help from us. That dog in front of you doesn’t want to bite you. Even if the situation pushes him beyond the remarkable scope of his species’ tolerance for human behavior and makes him feel he needs to defend himself, he

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Breed-Specific Legislation

Breed-specific legislation in Australia: a cruel mandate imposes big costs

The City of Monash has spent almost $100,000 defending itself in court cases involving dogs targeted by the breed-specific provisions of Australia’s Domestic Animals Act. Cardinia, a suburb of Melbourne, spent $80,000 on a single case involving a dog that the court later determined should not have been taken. The dog was returned to its owner.[1] Whatever their views of dogs and policies that improve community safety, Monash, Cardinia, and other communities have seen their tax dollars wasted on court

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