The DogChannel Newswire (07-09-09)

Dog is hero in film about Japan tale; man claims dog is a genius, does chores; and other news.

Posted: July 9, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

Dog Is Hero in Film About Japan Tale
Richard Gere stars in a Hollywood remake of Japan's long-cherished story of Hachiko, a faithful dog who died at a train station waiting for his master. But "Hachi: A Dog's Story" is more about the dog than about Gere, the 59-year-old actor said Wednesday, The Associated Press reports.
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Dog Breeder Faces $150K in Fines, Charges
An eastern Pennsylvania dog breeder has been fined more than $150,000 and is facing over 230 charges for allegedly violating the state's dog laws. Derbe Eckhart has 15 days to appeal the $152,900 fine from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, The Associated Press reports.
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Man Claims Dog Is Genius, Does Chores
Meet Cowboy. He's a Border Collie living in Neosho, Mo.. And his owner J.R. Kelly says his dog is a genius. Among his skills, he can help you water the lawn, pick out tools for carpentry projects and even play basketball, NECN/KOAM (Mo.) reports.
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Electronic Collar Helps Find Owner of Lost Dog
Josh Kovner of Huntington Station, N.Y., who told Newsday earlier this week about a lost dog, reports that the Shiba Inu has been reunited with its owner. Kovner said he took the dog to the Huntington shelter, where they found it had an electronic collar that was used to track down the owner, Newsday reports.
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Is Your Pet Misbehaving? Zoo Trainers Offer Tips
You'll never have to teach a panda to walk on a leash. But if any kind of animal lives in your house, trainers at the zoo have some useful lessons for you. Modern training methods rely on a simple principle of learning: If an action has a pleasurable consequence, the animal will repeat it, The Canadian Press reports.
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