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Down and Back: AKC Dog Podcast
by American Kennel Club, Inc.
9M ago
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Pet Loss and Grief: Paying Homage to Our Beloved Dogs
Down and Back: AKC Dog Podcast
by American Kennel Club, Inc
10M ago
In this episode, we explore the weighty subject of humans finding ways to say goodbye to a beloved dog, and the spectrum of ways people deal with the grief of losing a beloved pet. For ages, proof of the unique bond between humans and dogs has existed in literature, song, and lore. But rarely discussed are the lengths humans will go to pay homage to their dogs after they have passed. Everyone mourns pet loss differently. From the creation of pet cemeteries to bestowing monetary gifts to cover future care, the love we feel for dogs extends beyond this earthly realm.   Bonafide Bits: In a ..read more
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EP 5
Down and Back
by American Kennel Club Inc.
11M ago
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Naming the Beast: From Dog Breed Name Origins to Popular Everyday Pet Names
Down and Back
by American Kennel Club, Inc.
11M ago
In this episode, we scour through the archives for irresistible stories behind breed names. Breed names are a vital tool for classifying our canine companions, yet it’s the individuals, the Lunas and Maxs, the Rovers, Spots, and Fidos who breathe meaning into who these breeds become in our lives. Many breeds acquired their names from the prey they hunted, the location in which they were discovered, or by inheriting the names of the people who developed or fancied them. The names we give dogs highlight times, places, and people in every chapter of the human story. Dogs accompanied our earliest ..read more
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Small and Significant: The Enduring Dog Breeds of the Toy Group
Down and Back: AKC Dog Podcast
by American Kennel Club, Inc.
1y ago
In this pick-me-up episode, we introduce you to the characters, companions, clowns, and survivors that are the dogs of the Toy group. Once seen as symbols of royalty and aristocracy, dogs of the Toy group were often the coveted spoils of revolutions, war, and palace coups. The refined elegance and charm of these compact dogs assisted in their survival and solidified their place in many decidedly non-royal homes of today. Join us as we look at how favorite breeds of kings, queens, monarchs, and fashionistas both plummeted and soared in popularity.   Bonafide Bits: Chihuahuas, originally n ..read more
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Leading the Way — Part 2: Guiding Eyes, Ears, Noses, and Beyond
Down and Back
by American Kennel Club, Inc.
1y ago
In this second installment of guide dog history, we introduce you to a new generation of service dogs and the growing, often unexpected, range of breeds being deployed. Today, in every part of the world service dogs are being trained and certified to guide the visually and hearing impaired. As scientists explore new frontiers in canine capabilities, evidence suggests that dogs can modify their behavior when a human’s biochemistry changes. This incredible olfactory sense offers humans yet another reason to appreciate, admire, and adore the canine counterparts who stay by their side in service ..read more
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Leading the Way — Part 1: The History of Guide Dogs
Down and Back: AKC Dog Podcast
by American Kennel Club, Inc.
1y ago
In this podcast episode, we introduce you to a pivotal moment in the story of humans and canines, the training of guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired. Historical data suggests that throughout the millennia, dogs have been in service to humans. From a town square in Ancient China to the perilous battlefields of World War I, dogs have sacrificed their own needs and desires to care for, save, and guide us. Trainers spend months working diligently with guide dogs and their human partners in complex training exercises to prepare them for the tasks. It just may be that dogs are the only a ..read more
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All-American Dogs: A Winning Combination
Down and Back: AKC Dog Podcast
by American Kennel Club, Inc.
2y ago
In this podcast episode, we introduce you to “All-American Dogs,” or mixed-breed dogs, and share some remarkable stories about them and the owners who love and train them. The AKC expanded American dog sports to welcome mixed-breed dogs in 2010, and they’ve been competing in events like Agility, Obedience, Fast CAT, and Scent Work ever since. These wild cards of the genus Canis can become circus performers, professional trick dogs, agility champs at Westminster, and lots more. We take a deep dive into the history of All-American Dogs in the AKC to find out more.   Bonafide Bits: The Cani ..read more
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EP 7
Down and Back: AKC Dog Podcast
by American Kennel Club, Inc
2y ago
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Pooches Who Peddle: Dogs as Corporate Mascots
Down and Back: AKC Dog Podcast
by American Kennel Club, Inc.
2y ago
In this podcast episode, we explore the history of dogs as brand ambassadors in corporate America’s marketing campaigns. Simply seeing an image of a dog can instill feelings of comfort in people, which is why corporations use compassionate canines to boost their company’s perception and peddle their products. Many of the most memorable marketing campaigns of the twentieth century included a dog as a mascot. And, research shows that the use of dogs online and in social media can dramatically increase engagement. They pose for photos, attend live events, and even give “paw-tographs” to adoring f ..read more
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