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The humans have their water bottles. The canines have their water bowls.

The people wear their stretchy pants. The dogs show off their well-groomed coats.

When they get it right, the dogs are rewarded with a treat — while the humans burn off calories.

Cross-training takes on a new meaning in “Exercise With Your Dog!,” a human/canine workout class that’s new to the Madison area but part of a growing trend.

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  • Guide dog users with their dogs - (from left) Google, Range and Walker - yesterday as they 'graduate' from the new centre. Photo: May Tse

Guide dog users with their dogs - (from left) Google, Range and Walker - yesterday as they 'graduate' from the new centre. Photo: May Tse

The first guide dog training centre in Hong Kong opened yesterday after two years of struggling to find a home in one of the most expensive cities in the world - raising hopes guide dogs can also be bred locally.

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Not long ago I wrote about the breeds I miss seeing, those that used to be more popular but no longer caught the fancy of the general public. It wasn’t an argument for those breeds to start filling the veterinary offices again — raging popularity has never been good for any breed — but rather a nostalgic yearning for the wonderful pets I saw more of at the very beginning of my veterinary career.

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I've gone on record before as saying I love dogs.

Like, I really love dogs.

But loving them and the ability to naturally form a healthy leadership relationship with them don't necessarily go hand in hand.

So, after months of jumping, chewing, generally ignoring my commands and family telling me "You REALLY need to take him to training," I begrudgingly decided it was time I bite the bullet and take my beloved black Labrador Zeke to school.

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I've gone on record before as saying I love dogs.

Like, I really love dogs.

But loving them and the ability to naturally form a healthy leadership relationship with them don't necessarily go hand in hand.

So, after months of jumping, chewing, generally ignoring my commands and family telling me "You REALLY need to take him to training," I begrudgingly decided it was time I bite the bullet and take my beloved black Labrador Zeke to school.

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It's unfortunate for homeowners who love Rottweilers, pit bull terriers, Doberman pinschers and other so-called risky breeds, but it is reasonable for insurers to consider dog breeds in calculating home insurance rates.

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick of Fairfield has proposed a bill that would prohibit using a dog's breed as an underwriting factor for homeowner policies.

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As the spring semester gets underway, some students at The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) are getting a not-so-average class experience.

As part of a community partnership the university has with non-profit organization, paws4people — whose mission is to “enhance the lives” of current and former service members, inmates, children and students — Assistance training/" title="View more posts about Dog Training here"Dog Training courses will be offered.

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For most dog owners, teaching your pet to love the leash is hard enough. Teaching your dog to run an obstacle course, at a competitive pace, based on your subtle verbal and physical cues, all while running alongside it? That's a little harder.

Patty Bensene knows all about it. The Oregon City-based dog trainer has spent more than a decade teaching people how to run their dogs through a so-called "agility" course – a series of practice obstacles that requires the pup to sprint, leap, climb and even sit patiently in the midst of all the excitement.

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Ann Grote-Pirrung 7:25 p.m. CST December 6, 2014

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Dog owners and their pets practice a walking exercise during a beginner basic obedience class at K-9 Perfection in Manitowoc. From left are: instructor Mary Jackson and her dog Phoebe; Julie Glesner, of Manitowoc, and her dog Shadow; and Erica Weber, of Two Rivers, and her dog Benson.

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A hunter and his dogs zero in on a chukar partridge flushed from the thick sorghum fields of Valhalla Kennels in Bennett. With less than two weeks before

A hunter and his dogs zero in on a chukar partridge flushed from the thick sorghum fields of Valhalla Kennels in Bennett. With less than two weeks before opening day of Colorado's pheasant and quail seasons, upland bird-hunting clubs such as Valhalla offer dogs and hunters an opportunity to sharpen their skills.

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