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Expert Advice: News Dog Badly Scorched in Fire Becomes Therapy Dog For Burn Victims
On Oct. 23, 2018, a fire broke out in Georgia. The family had time to get their kids out, but there was no time to go back in for Taka, their nine-year-old Shiba Inu. The fire burned the entire porch, causing the floor to collapse and Taka to fall through. Taka was able to run to […] | August 8, 2019
Expert Advice: Did You Know? Service Dogs, Emotional Support Dogs, Therapy Dogs: What’s the Difference?
Dogs have been aiding and working with humans since ancient times, in everything from farming to hunting to protection and more. Service dogs, emotional support animals, and therapy dogs all fulfill important roles in their aid to humans, but the terms are not interchangeable: each is specifically defined, both in terms of their jobs and […] | July 31, 2019
Expert Advice: News A Day in the Life of a Marjory Stoneman Douglas Therapy Dog — and His Owner
When Jill Cross was a sophomore at the University of Florida, she was badly injured in a motorcycle accident. Physicians managed to save her left leg, which was mangled below the knee, but after more than 10 surgeries, it was left almost one inch shorter than her other leg. The constant, uneven jolting from her […] | July 23, 2019
Expert Advice: News These Crisis Response Canines Bring Smiles to Anguished Survivors
Editor’s Note: The American Kennel Club has had a long history of inclusion across our sport for exhibitors and spectators from all walks of life. This month, it is with honor that we support the LGBTQ community by adding the rainbow to our logo in honor of Pride month and the humanity it stands for. […] | June 27, 2019
Soldier sitting on the ground with a chocolate Labrador retriever standing in his lap.
Expert Advice: Feature Dogs Helping Veterans: The Service Dogs Trained to Ease PTSD and More
Not so long ago, De'Angelo Wynn was taking 11 medications for the anxiety, PTSD, and other mental-health struggles he had faced since returning from military deployment in Afghanistan. Now, he's down to just two medications. What changed? The arrival of Jug, a Labrador Retriever who came into his life a little over a year ago. […] | May 16, 2019
Expert Advice: News 2018 ACE Award Winners: Meet the 5 Heroic Dogs Being Honored This Year
The five winners of the 19th annual AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) were announced on Aug. 23, 2018. This year's batch of heroic canines includes a therapy dog that comforted students following a school shooting and a family pet helping a young boy battle autism. One award is given in each of […] | August 23, 2018
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Expert Advice: News “Dogs of 9/11” Exhibit Opens at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum
In the days following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, thousands of people arrived at Ground Zero to aid in the rescue and recovery efforts. With them were hundreds of heroic dogs trained in a variety of capacities. A temporary exhibit honoring these courageous canines has been erected at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and […] | August 13, 2018
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Expert Advice: News Nominate a Deserving Dog for an AKC Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence
To celebrate the dogs that do extraordinary things in the service of humankind, the AKC Humane Fund is seeking YOUR nominations for its 2018 AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). Entries are now being accepted and award recipients will be announced in the fall. For inspiration, check out the winners from the past five years […] | June 18, 2018
Expert Advice: News Looking for a Study Buddy? Research Shows Therapy Dogs Can Help Relieve Student Stress
College can be an extremely stressful time for many students, and that stress can be a barrier to academic success. In addition, college students tend to face challenges to their emotional well-being, such as loneliness and depression. To help improve student mental health, some universities have started animal-assisted stress reduction programs, where animals and their […] | April 11, 2018
Expert Advice: Did You Know? 8 Fun Facts About the Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever. Active, friendly, outgoing, and one of America's favorites. You see that face and that sunny demeanor, and you know you're looking at a Lab. But do you know where the Lab actually originated? How about what's so special about their feet? Find out these fun facts, and more, below. 1. The Lab […] | September 22, 2017

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