Dogs celebrated across the globe

Dogs celebrated across the globe
National Dog Day celebrates the important role dogs play in our lives.

Value of dogs recognised on World Dog Day

People from around the globe are today celebrating World Dog Day (26 August), which recognises the important role dogs play in our lives and aims to raise awareness of the number needing rescue each year.

The hashtag #NationalDogDay is now trending on Twitter as charities and dog lovers celebrate the varied roles dogs play in our lives.

HealthforAnimals, a global animal medicines association, has created an infographic to highlight some of these roles, which include assistance dogs, search and rescue, medical detection and companions.

The association, which endorses the One Health concept, is urging people to consider the health of their dog today and beyond.

National Dog Day was created by US animal advocate Colleen Paige, who suggests 20 ways to celebrate the event - including volunteering at a local shelter, checking your home to make sure its safe for your dog and donating to an animal charity.

Story Courtesy of MRCVS online

Dogs avoid people who snub their owners!

Dogs avoid people who snub their owners
Dachshund and owner
The study suggests that dogs can read social situations and avoid those who act negatively towards their owners.

Social eavesdropping may not be an ability unique to primates

It's well known that dogs are highly intelligent beings that can respond to commands, sniff-out criminal evidence and even diagnose medical conditions. But now, new research has shown that they might even be able understand simple interactions between people.

In a recent experiment, Japanese researchers found that dogs tended to avoid people if they acted negatively towards their owners. This suggests that dogs are able to read social situations - an ability known as 'social eavesdropping'.

The experiment was designed to see if dogs can evaluate humans interacting with one another over an object.

The results revealed that dogs avoided taking food from a person who behaved negatively towards their owner, which in this case meant ignoring them.

In the experiment, the dog's owner tried to open a container to get a junk object that was inside, then requested help from an actor sitting next to him, while the dog watched the interaction.

In the helper condition, the actor held the container stable to help the owner open it.  In the non-helper condition, the actor turned away and refused to help. A neutral person sat on the other side of the owner throughout these interactions.

After the instruction, both the actor and the neutral person offered a piece of food to the dog. The study found that dogs chose food randomly in the helper and control conditions, but were biased against the actor in the non-helper conditions.

The scientists say that the dogs' avoidance of someone who behaved negatively towards the owner suggests that social eavesdropping may be shared with a non-primate species.

The study, Dogs avoid people who behave negatively to their owner: third-party affective evaluation, was published in Animal Behaviour.

Story courtesy of MRCVS online.

Its all over to the editor now!

Its all over to the Editor now!

Its been a while since the last update but a lot has been happening so here it is!

I re-filmed a few parts which only involved me. The puppy is so big now! And I am now much happier as I was able to read the script easier so it more clear. Very excitingly, I was also able to see myself on T.V for the first time! Wow! Alex Mitchell very kindly redid my make-up as crazy O'clock in the morning!

I have also now done the recording for the voice over part of the film. It has been fascinating studying documentaries on T.V. and seeing how little they actually say to the camera! I never noticed this before! I have a new found respect for the voice over industry. Its actually exhausting to concentrate on talking and not tripping over your words for so long!

So Adrian, the cameraman and Editor is now having to put the almost 200 scenes together to make our film.

Sadly the Japanese part of the process is looking much more difficult. I had totally under-estimated how hard that would be. The Japanese have a very complicated language and so translation is time consuming. Did you know the Japanese don't have an alphabet like we do? They write sounds instead. So we have 26 letters. They have just under 50 sounds. And that's just the start of their complex language which is actually a mix of 3 languages! Its been very interesting, and a big learning curve, but also a little disappointing. But we do still have options to explore, so I am not giving up on having a Japanese version. But I may have to get an external publisher involved to take on the process in Japan. I have lots more research to do!

But there are also many other English speaking countries to approach! And that will be far easier!

I look forward to sending my next update!

Many thanks!