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Episode 127 - Nature vs nurture, and How dogs combat stress

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Released Sat February 11, 2012
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Author and life coach Bonnie Church highlights how dogs help us cope with stress. Expert trainers Debbie Connolly and Nick Jones debate nature vs nurture in response to a listener's question about her Shiba Inu. In the DogCast Radio News hear how the Cairn Terrier may become the twelfth official state dog - but can you name the other eleven?

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Distracted by the abstract

I got into conversation yesterday with a chap who declared himself a fervent dog lover. His enthusiasm for dogs was apparently only equaled by his dislike of cats. He had lived with both cats and dogs and could not see the point of cats, but a dog was your mate he opined. Then he said that the main reason he couldn't take to cats was that they only attached to humans to get food, and would be just as happy to be fed by somebody else.
 

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Nature, nurture or nasty?

Stockholm University research has shown that dogs are getting "dumber". Researchers found that current pedigree dogs are "disinterested, shy and less responsive to commands than their ancestors." They also found that show-quality and "handbag" dogs are the most likely to be affected by this lower intelligence.

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