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  • The Unlikely Intersection of Dog Training and Computer Programming: Q&A With Dr. David Roberts

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Friday July 25th, 2014 at 06:00 AM


    Image via NCSU

    Sure, your computer can fetch data, but is it as well-trained as Fido?Dr. David Robertsof NC Stateis the only computer scientist in the country working in the field of machine learning smart devices that learn through experience through the lens of dog training. A dog owner himself, Roberts believes that computer programming and dog training share surprisingly similar roots. We talked to Roberts about thermostats, treats and learning-by-demonstration.

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  • Celebrate National Mutt Day with Healthy Paws on Facebook

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Thursday July 24th, 2014 at 06:30 AM


    National Mutt Dayis July 31st, and were looking for your help to feature Americas best mutts to celebrate. Founded by animal welfare advocateColleen Paige,National Mutt Day was started to raise awareness for mixed breed dogs in shelters who are in need of adoption. Its also the perfect time to take a moment to appreciate all the things that make your adorable mutt 100 percent unique.

    Tag Healthy Paws in a Photo of Your Mutt on Facebook:

    We want to see photos of yourone-of-a-kind mutt and...

  • How Tucker the Facility Dog Offers Invaluable Support to Sick Children

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Wednesday July 23rd, 2014 at 03:37 PM


    Countless studieshave confirmed something we tend to know instinctually: mans best friend is good for human health. Dogs can greatly reduce depression symptoms, decrease anxiety levels, lower blood pressure, and even detect poor health before symptoms surface. Thats one reason why many hospitals offer therapy dog programs for patients as of 2012 there were24,750 therapy dogs and handlersregistered with Therapy Dogs International but few hospitals have taken the next step to actually employ...

  • Maniac Magazine’s April Hubal on Her Favorite (Dog) Coworker

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Wednesday July 23rd, 2014 at 10:57 AM


    Chloe at Maniac Magazines office.

    Everyone knows how stressful the office can be especially when youre running up on deadlines, as we often do at our fashion publication, Maniac Magazine. And when you consider how effectively dogs can reduce stress and bring happiness to the people around them,its no wonder that more and more offices are starting to adopt pet-friendly policies. Im incredibly lucky to have experienced these benefits firsthand, as myblue-eyed, brown-eyed shelter dog Chloe has...

  • 13 of Your Dog’s Biggest Pet Peeves

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Monday July 21st, 2014 at 10:12 AM


    Belly rubs, walks in the park and earning a treat are often the highlights of your dogs week. However, there are a few things that just get right under his skin. If we could survey a group of dogs to find out their pet peeves, were pretty sure that these 13 things would top the list:

    1. Human bakes cupcakes, doesnt save leftovers for dog.

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    2. His arch-nemesis: the vacuum.

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    3. Human furniture (who designed this stuff anyway?).

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    4. The cone of...

  • 7 Things You Need to Know About Your Pet’s Food

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Friday July 18th, 2014 at 09:30 AM


    Have you ever considered how the healthiness of your dog or cats food measures up to the food you eat? One pet supply store owner is doing just that and taking it a step further. Dorothy Hunter, owner ofPaws Natural Pet Emporiumin Richland, Washington, has vowed to eat nothing but pet food for 30 days. While Hunter doesnt advocate that humans eat pet food as part of their daily diet, she started this experiment on June 19 to raise awareness for pet health and encourage owners to read...

  • Professional Life, Pet Life: 3 Ways Pets Are Becoming a Bigger Part of the Workplace

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Thursday July 17th, 2014 at 06:00 AM


    On any given day, American employeesbring more than2.3 million dogsto work. So its no surprise to see a few pooches lounging around the typical workplace these days. Whatisa surprise are the lengths to which pet-progressive businesses are going to accommodate our four-legged companions in some cases with privileges that employees may not even enjoy themselves.

    Image via Ben & Jerrys via Mother Nature Network

    Encouraging pets in the workplace is a win-win for both employees and employers,...

  • New Research Shows Dogs Share Humans’ Emotional Connection to Sound

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Tuesday July 15th, 2014 at 11:27 AM


    Your kids might just yell, Go get the ball! or Want to go for a ride?, but your dog hears and feels a whole lot more than just the words. Thats the gist of anew studythat suggests that the brains of our canine companions share an unusually high-level trait with humans: the ability to identify the emotional meaning of sounds.

    Researchers at the MTA-ELTE ComparativeEthologyResearch Group in Budapest studied the neurological response of 22 humans and 11 golden retrievers and border collies...

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