The DogChannel Newswire (10-12-10)

Study suggests dogs can be optimists, pessimists; pets and their owners act alike; other news.

Posted: October 12, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

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New Orleans Police Halt Arrests Using Dogs
New Orleans police have suspended using dogs while making arrests, spokeswoman Hilal Williams said. Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas decided to stop using dogs to make apprehensions pending "appropriate training," Williams said. A study by the U.S. Department of Justice uncovered "deficiencies" in the program, United Press International reports.
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Pessimistic Dogs See the Bowl Half Empty
Optimists and pessimists don't only inhabit the human world, dogs may also see the glass as half full or half empty, new research determined. The findings suggest that dogs have underlying states of mind, which can affect their judgments and behavior. Pessimistic dogs are more likely to engage in unwanted activities, such as barking, destruction and accidents when and where they shouldn't, Discovery News reports.
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Pets and Their Owners Act Alike
A study published in the July Proceedings of the Royal Society B in Great Britain indicates while all dogs may not physically resemble their owners, they do imitate their human companions. In the case of dogs, it shows up when a dog imitates movements or behaviors — even when the animals have no reason to do so, United Press International reports.
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Program Turns Walmart’s Recyclables Into Pet Products
Worldwise Inc. has begun incorporating Walmart recyclable materials into its PoochPlanet and SmartyKat products. For example, recycled Walmart water and soda bottles are being converted into PoochPlanet pet beds, hangers into SmartyKat litter pans and scoops, bags into SmartyKat drawstring litter liners and cardboard into SmartyKat cat scratchers, Pet Product News reports.
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