Dogs http://nwpr.org en When Police Shoot Dogs, The Constitution Might Have Something To Say About It http://nwpr.org/post/when-police-shoot-dogs-constitution-might-have-something-say-about-it <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A handful of recent incidents where police have shot pet dogs in Idaho have angered animal rights advocates. One dog owner in the small town of Filer has issued notice that he intends to sue the city over the death of his dog, Hooch. As Jessica Robinson reports, pet owners do have legal recourse in these situations, and, in fact, a body of federal court rulings to back them up.</span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:45:22 +0000 Jessica Robinson 48904 at http://nwpr.org When Police Shoot Dogs, The Constitution Might Have Something To Say About It When You Need A Helping Hand How About A Nose? http://nwpr.org/post/when-you-need-helping-hand-how-about-nose <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you get lost hunting or wander off a hiking trail, a select group of volunteers may come to look for you. K-9 search and rescue teams spend countless hours training to make sure they can find you when you’re lost.</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:15:51 +0000 Courtney Flatt 42122 at http://nwpr.org When You Need A Helping Hand How About A Nose? Washington Lawmakers Move To Ban Pit Bull Bans http://nwpr.org/post/washington-lawmakers-move-ban-pit-bull-bans <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Payette County, Idaho bans pit bulls. Medford, Oregon is considering a ban of its own. But some Washington state representatives want to ban the bans.</span></p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:14:43 +0000 Taylor Winkel 40129 at http://nwpr.org Washington Lawmakers Move To Ban Pit Bull Bans Oregon Dog Tethering Law Takes Effect In January http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-dog-tethering-law-takes-effect-january <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Oregon canines will be howling an unchained melody starting in January. That's when a new law takes effect that makes it illegal to tie up your dog too long. One volunteer organization is helping dog owners avoid the upcoming penalties by building fences to give dogs room to roam.</span></p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:24:42 +0000 Chris Lehman 37107 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Dog Tethering Law Takes Effect In January Rock Doc: The Longevity of Dogs http://nwpr.org/post/rock-doc-longevity-dogs <p></p><p></p><p>If you live in the U.S. there’s a 47% chance that you have a dog.&nbsp; That number goes up to 56% if you live in Canada. When your dog goes on a walk with you, snuggles up next to you on the couch or tilts her head at something you say the bond between you deepens.&nbsp; Here comes the heartbreaking aspect of having a dog.&nbsp; They just don’t live long enough.&nbsp; Dr. Kirsten &nbsp;Peters, the “Rock Doc” offers some insight into why.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:36:17 +0000 Kirsten Peters 35933 at http://nwpr.org Rock Doc: The Longevity of Dogs Bumper Salmon Runs Don't Mix With Dogs http://nwpr.org/post/bumper-salmon-runs-dont-mix-dogs <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/09/092713TB_SalmonDog_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Fishermen around the Northwest are enjoying some exceptional salmon runs this autumn. Puget Sound is teeming with pink salmon and there&#39;s a record-breaking fall Chinook run in the Columbia and Snake Rivers.<p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 23:48:09 +0000 Tom Banse 34830 at http://nwpr.org Bumper Salmon Runs Don't Mix With Dogs Talking with Fido http://nwpr.org/post/talking-fido <p>A Border Collie named Chaser understands far more words than the usual “sit,” “stay” and “down” that most of us teach our dogs. Trained by retired psychology Professor, Dr. John Pilley, Chaser has demonstrated comprehension of over 1,000 words.&nbsp; Whether your dog is a latent genius or not remains to be seen, but the subject of language acquisition in canines has sparked the curiosity of a number of people including Dr. Kirsten Peters, the Roc Doc.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:00:35 +0000 Kirsten Peters 30786 at http://nwpr.org Talking with Fido Bacteria On Dog Lovers' Skin Reveal Their Affection http://nwpr.org/post/bacteria-dog-lovers-skin-reveal-their-affection Well, it looks like there really is such as thing as a dog person.<p>Humans who share their homes with canines also share the similar bacterial houseguests on their skin, ecologists <a href="http://elife.elifesciences.org/content/2/e00458/article-info#ref-23">reported</a> Tuesday in the journal <em>eLIFE</em>.<p>In fact, two dog owners who don't even know each other have about as many of the skin bacteria in common as a married couple living together.<p>The signature doggie blend is a mixture of harmless bacteria from their tongues and paws, the report finds. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 18:05:00 +0000 editor 26112 at http://nwpr.org Bacteria On Dog Lovers' Skin Reveal Their Affection Local Dogs Earn Their Keep Sniffing Out Truffles http://nwpr.org/post/local-dogs-earn-their-keep-sniffing-out-truffles <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/012913TB_TruffleDogs_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>TURNER, Ore. - When a dog finds its first truffle -- the fungus, not the chocolate candy -- the sound you hear will most likely be the voice of a very excited dog handler.<p>And you might be as excited as Mia MacCollin of Bend if your pet showed an aptitude to find buried treasure. And treasure it is. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:36:58 +0000 Tom Banse 21945 at http://nwpr.org Local Dogs Earn Their Keep Sniffing Out Truffles Dog Fur Knitting New Craft, Old Northwest Tradition http://nwpr.org/post/dog-fur-knitting-new-craft-old-northwest-tradition <p></p><p>As the cold winter weather rolls around, you may pull your warm wool sweater from the back of the closet. But these days, some people are knitting sweaters out of a different animal: dogs. It's a new craft movement that is actually part of a very old Northwest tradition. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 01:45:52 +0000 Deena Prichep 18992 at http://nwpr.org Dog Fur Knitting New Craft, Old Northwest Tradition