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  • The science of ill-behaved small dogs (& how it may relate to behavior in large dogs)

    from Kc dog blog

    Monday April 21st, 2014 at 05:03 PM

    There is a great article over at the blog"The Science Dog"that investigates the science behind the notion that small dogs are yippy, overly excitable, nippy and untrained brats.

    As it turns out, owners of small and toy breeds have indeed found this to be true when compared to larger dogs.

    The article is based on alarge study of more than 1300 ownersand measured the dog trait factors of "Obedience", "Aggressions/excitability" and "anxiety/Fearfulness". The dogs were broken into two categories...

  • Utah becomes the 19th state to prohibit laws targeting specific breeds of dogs

    from Kc dog blog

    Wednesday April 2nd, 2014 at 02:58 PM

    It's official, today, the Utah Governor signed their law which now prohibits any city or municipality from instituting any type of law or policy targeting specific breeds of dogs.

    The signing of the bill joins them withSouth Dakotaas two states that have passed such laws in this legislative session. Utah is now the 19th state to prohibit laws targeting specific breeds, joining South Daktoa, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Nevada, Connecticut, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia,...

  • New KCPP Playgroup Video

    from Kc dog blog

    Wednesday April 2nd, 2014 at 02:44 PM

    Here is a (relatively) new video once again featuring our playgroup program at KCPP. I really think the 5 minute video is great at showing the staff at KCPP and how playgroups help the dogs at the shelter, as well as help our staff to better match dogs with adopters.I can't understate the importance that playgroups have had at our shelter. Our shelter is a very tough environment for dogs (as are a lot of shelters) and the playgroups give the dogs the ability to socialize with other dogs,...
  • KCPP Opens Second satellite adoption location

    from Kc dog blog

    Tuesday April 1st, 2014 at 04:07 PM

    When you read information from different people about how to increase adoptions, one of the first things that people will say is to do off-site adoptions.

    While, generally I agree with doing off-site adoptions (because, more adoptions are almost always better), we have struggled to move a high volume of adoptable animals at off-site events.

    However, the basic notion of off site adoptions is to take the animals TO the people, not just make people come to you.

    One route that we've found extremely...

  • Missouri HB 1116/SB 865 -- the opposition

    from Kc dog blog

    Tuesday March 25th, 2014 at 06:47 PM

    Yesterday, I posted a little overview ofMissouri HB 1116/ SB 865.The law is a well-thought-out and hasnearly unanimous professional supportwhich is why similar bills have recentlypassed in both Utah and South Dakota.

    However, in spite of this, there is, of course some opposition.

    Last week, the city of Kansas Citypassed a resolutionasking for the state to not pass these laws. The resolution was rushed through the council as an emergency resolution (so no one that would have testified against...

  • Missouri HB 1116/SB 865 would prohibit laws targeting breeds in Missouri

    from Kc dog blog

    Monday March 24th, 2014 at 03:44 PM

    HB 1116is a house bill that was recently passed out of committee and has moved onto the House floor by an overwhelming vote.

    SB 865is the Senate Companion Bill that was introduced into committee discussion 2 weeks ago.

    You can read the entire text for each bill, but for convenience, here it is:

    "Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to limit the authority of any village, town, or city, including any home rule city, to prohbit dogs from running at large or to further control or regulate...

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