New Year’s resolution: Making the world better for animals

December 30, 2009 at 1:38 pm Leave a comment

It’s another New Year, and another chance to do something good for the world’s animals. From Dr. Marty Becker and Gina Spadafori in this week’s Pet Connection newspaper feature:

Are pets on your list of New Year’s resolutions? They should be, along with plans for making the world a little bit better not only for your own animals, but also for others in need. With this in mind, we’re again sharing some of the best ideas of our readers.

Although problems can seem overwhelming, especially when it comes to animal cruelty or homeless pets, the fact is that every little bit helps. After all, if every one of us animal lovers did one small thing a couple of times a year, the total effort would be grand indeed.

Check out Dr. Becker’s and Gina’s suggestions for making the world a better place for animals here.

From Dr. Marty Becker and Mikkel Shannon Becker, some straight talk on the truth about canine aggression:

An owner’s influence rather than a dog’s breeding largely determines whether or not a pet will be aggressive. A study published in the Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances found that external, modifiable and owner-dependent factors influence a dog’s aggression to a greater degree than a dog’s breed, contradicting widespread beliefs that dogs such as pit bulls or Rottweilers are hard-wired for aggression. The researchers found that factors leading to aggression include first-time ownership; failure to provide obedience training; spoiling or pampering the dog; buying a dog as a present, a guard dog or on an impulse; spaying female dogs; leaving the dog with a constant supply of food; or spending little time with the dog in general or on its walks. More than a third of dominance aggression in dogs stems from a lack of obedience training or for doing only the minimum amount of training. The study also found that male dogs are more likely to be aggressive; however, dog-related factors are minimal compared to the factors that owners can control.

Want more? Read the entire Pet Connection for this week, or download the PDF file here to see it just as we submit it to our client newspapers!…

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