The DogChannel Newswire (09-25-08)

"Dog Whisperer” aims to train humans too; dog brings child’s foot home; and other news.

Posted: September 25, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

‘Dog Whisperer’ Aims to Train Humans Too
The dog may be man’s best friend, but Cesar Millan has become the next best friend to millions of dog owners. The canine behavior specialist rehabilitates problem pets and teaches their frazzled owners how to deal. And these aren’t just dogs who bark at postal workers—they’re hyperaggressive, frantically phobic, even pathologically jealous animals, National Geographic News reports.
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Grisly Find: Dog Brings Child’s Foot to Alabama Home
Police say a dog in northwest Alabama dug up a child’s severed foot — and an investigation is under way to find the child, The Associated Press reports.
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Coroner Rules Death of Baby Was Accident
The Trumbull County coroner’s office has ruled the death of a 3-day-old girl, killed by the family dog Monday morning, an accident. But Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk, the county’s forensic pathologist who conducted the autopsy on the infant, said the death reinforces the need for people to understand that dogs are not people, the Youngstown (Ohio) Vindicator reports.
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Pets Take the Bite Out of Dorm Life
Factors contributing to a college’s decision to establish pet-friendly dorms: Many animal lovers have opted to live off-campus, which bites into colleges’ housing income; and prohibitions haven’t always prevented pets from being smuggled in. But mostly, the policies seem to have emerged in response to a pet-loving society and from recognition that animals can reduce stress and make acclimating to college easier, USA Today reports.
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Landlord Sued Over Tenant’s Request for a Service Dog
The federal government has sued a St. Helens, Ore., landlord for allegedly denying the request of a mentally disabled tenant to obtain a companion dog, The Oregonian reports.
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