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Many pet owners do not know how to approach obedience training when they bring new dogs into their households. Early training is key to molding a responsive pet, and pet owners have increasingly turned to dog trainers to help their precious pooches adapt to their new homes.

The Humane Society of the United States says no federal or state certification is required for a person to call himself a dog trainer.

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Author David McCandless might not realize it, but a graphic excerpted from his book Knowledge Is Beautiful: Impossible Ideas, Invisible Patterns, Hidden Connections–Visualized, is making waves amongst animal lovers … and not in a good way. The aim of this book is to collect the thousands of bits and pieces of data that we, as human beings, are bombarded with everyday and to display this information in a way that not only “makes sense” but moreover is visually beautiful.

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PINEHURST, N.C. -

Michael Moore makes his way around Methodist University in Fayetteville with ease these days thanks to his guide dog Robbie -- a dog he received through the Mira foundation.

"They've changed my life," said Moore, who is blind. "It's like night and day now. Before I went to Mira I was much less confident than I am now."

He's been with Robbie for two years now.

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Suzanne Kalafian, owner of Superior Dog Training, often brings Spike, her Jack Russell, to work. The business offers classes to train puppies and grown dogs. Most recently, she has started Treibball games to give energetic dogs mental and physical stimulation.

CINDY SCHAEFER

CARY — A Cary business is leading the pack in Treibball, the newest competitive canine sport to hit the United States.

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Suzanne Kalafian, owner of Superior Dog Training, often brings Spike, her Jack Russell, to work. The business offers classes to train puppies and grown dogs. Most recently, she has started Treibball games to give energetic dogs mental and physical stimulation.

CINDY SCHAEFER

CARY — A Cary business is leading the pack in Treibball, the newest competitive canine sport to hit the United States.

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About 25 arson dog teams from the United States and Canada participate in the State Farm Arson Dog Program recertification training in Myrtle Beach on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. The program is hosted and organized by Horry County Fire Rescue.Photo by Janet Blackmon Morgan / jblackmon@thesunnews.com JANET BLACKMON MORGAN — jblackmon@thesunnews.com Buy Photo

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(MyFoxBoston.com) -- In honor of National Dog Week, it's the perfect time to pay tribute to the breeds we love so much.

According to a survey done by pet insurance company Trupanion, the United States as a whole favors mixed breed above their pure bred counterparts. Labrador retrievers came in as the most popular pure bred in the country, with golden retrievers and Yorkshire terriers following behind.

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PEWEE VALLEY, Ky. (WDRB) - With guards watching, inside the barbed wire fences of the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women, you'll see how some inmates are doing their time.

In her khaki prison uniform, Elizabeth Miller has been training Forest since he was a pup on all the commands he needs to know to become a Paws with Purpose service dog.

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A pit bull peers out from the opening of a door jam to its pen in the Denver Animal Shelter in this photograph taken June 23, 2005.(Photo: DAVID ZALUBOWSKI AP)

I just read the article "Preventing dog bites is up to all of us" (June 23) by Drs.

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Arson dog teams with the State Fire Marshal's office engage at suspected arson scenes to help detect accelerants, the presence of which help investigators build cases when fires are deemed suspicious in origin.

Certified arson dog 'Billy,' a two-year-old black lab, and his handler, State Fire Marshal's office arson investigator Deputy Roman Ray, were introduced Thursday as the department’s newest crime fighting team a press conference at the State Fire Marshal's office in Baton Rouge.

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