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  1. Another take: https://smartagain.org/2022/04/28/humans-cant-quit-a-basic-myth-about-dog-breeds/. I agree with Diva's bell curve (gaussian distribution) comment. This is necessary for the evolutionary process of natural selection in all species. The curve can be shifted by environmental factors or deliberately through selective breeding, as shown by the Russian fox experiment where one group of foxes were bred over time for docility and another for the opposite trait. As an example look at the way German shepherds have changed such that Malinois are now the favoured working breed. Thus the pitbull breed which is supposed to be predominantly a 'game' fighting dog could be turned into a predominantly 'nanny dog' with only a small number of the population showing 'fight gameness'
  2. I guess you would draw inspiration from these American orgs: https://www.thecavalrygroup.com/ https://protecttheharvest.com/ http://www.naiaonline.org/
  3. Is this another case of RSPCA overkill or were the dogs really so mentally damaged they couldn't be rescued? 9 News Adelaide A Border Collie breeder is standing trial, accused of damaging her dogs’ mental states so badly that some had to sadly be put down. The RSPCA says she ignored repeated warnings to clean up her "faeces-ridden" property and provide adequate food and shelter.
  4. How about these? https://www.theland.com.au/story/7529495/kelpie-female-to-24000-in-the-working-dog-challenge-auction-photos/?cs=4941
  5. Came across this on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/301829757143596/permalink/895305331129366/. Might be of interest to some DOLers.
  6. Certainly not the first time an infant has been killed by the "family pet". I dare say a small minority of dogs get emotionally unstable and commit infanticide just like humans. Incidentally an 8 year old girl in Belgium has also been killed by a staffy in the last few days: https://www.newsweek.com/dog-fatally-mauls-8-year-old-girl-american-staffordshire-terrier-belgium-1609288. And so it goes: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9785955/Staffy-killed-five-week-old-baby-Central-Coast-viewed-infant-prey-experts-warn.html?fbclid=IwAR0xL0OGBx_Dnm29IfrbOO117Wg0V5vJQNrhSy-BLytleRDMutU_v6694Oo
  7. This article from the USA is a worry, especially when a tick repellant is required to prevent Ehrlichiosis; Popular flea collar linked to almost 1,700 pet deaths. The EPA has issued no warning : https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2021/03/02/seresto-dog-cat-collars-found-harm-pets-humans-epa-records-show/4574753001/?fbclid=IwAR3dbEqWSJki1d_f1ehjckSJJ6ZN26SLVa__jDWtEB84J3I8xJx7oYP5_cI
  8. https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/science/2021/02/10/diet-reduces-dog-droppings/
  9. Expensive sheep dogs: https://www.theland.com.au/story/7100910/puppy-love-comes-with-a-world-record-11000-price-tag/?cs=4941&utm_source=The+Informer&utm_campaign=8d8792e3f9-THE_INFORMER_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_94698b0879-8d8792e3f9-68377701
  10. Lots of dogs were used to provide motive power prior to the industrial revolution. Just Google on "dog-powered". Apart from cart dogs, dogs were used to run on treadmills to operate butter churns etc.Dogs were also used in coal mines where tunnels were too small to accommodate pit ponies - replacing children after child labour laws were introduced.
  11. Am curious whether any of the study used strong distractions e.g. feral deer & foxes, during the training exercises, especially where the dog had previously self rewarded by chasing prey species.
  12. Why would you cross a wolfhound with a bull mastiff if it wasn't for the purpose of breeding a hunting dog? Also if the DAS rangers are involved I suspect the issue is not merely agressive display but there has actually been a reported attack.
  13. Apparently it's only a draft law at the moment. I believe there has been previous draft animal welfare legislation in China which has come to nothing. I believe the subject draft law is more to do with human health than animal welfare. Dog fighting as entertainment is still legal (although betting on a dog fight is not) and there are no welfare provisions for sleigh and cart dogs.
  14. Here we go again: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-25/rspca-called-out-for-how-it-euthanases-animals/11899682
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