The DogChannel Newswire (05-06-10)

Dog honored for protecting family from coyote; dogs catch the scent of danger; other news.

Posted: May 6, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

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Dog Honored for Protecting Family From Coyote
Ronnie, a 9-year-old Wire Fox Terrier who stood his ground and protected his family from a coyote, was named Hero Dog of the Year by the Los Angeles chapter of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Wednesday, ABC7.com reports.
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Mass. Church to Offer Worship Services for Dogs
A Massachusetts church is scheduled to launch a new monthly worship service — for dogs. Calvary Episcopal Church in Danvers will offer later this month its first "Perfect Paws Pet Ministry" aimed at giving area pooches and their owners improved odds at getting canines into heaven, The Associated Press reports.
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Dogs Catch the Scent of Danger
In these days of heightened security it is often highly trained dogs that catch the scent of danger before people zero in on trouble. This week more than 75 dog-and-trainer teams are undergoing explosive-detection training at Camp Edwards in Cape Cod, Mass., FOX News reports.
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Start Off Slow When Teaching Dogs to Swim
If you have had trouble getting your dog to swim, dog trainer Jim Closson of A Better Pet in Boise, Idaho, has some tips. If you know someone with a home pool, take them there and work obedience training around the pool and get them used to being around water until it isn't an issue, San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News reports.
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