dogs http://iowapublicradio.org en Iowa Ranked Fourth Worst in U.S. Humane Society Puppy Mill Report http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-ranked-fourth-worst-us-humane-society-puppy-mill-report <p>Iowa has the second largest number of large-scale commercial dog breeding facilities in the country. This hour, concerns about what are commonly known as puppy mills.</p><p>The U.S. Humane Society's 2014 report includes six problem puppy breeders in Iowa. Today, we talk about concerns over large-scale dog breeders with Mary LaHay, President of Iowa Friends of Companion Animals. She says that Iowa has "over 15,000 adult dogs in Iowa puppy mills, and we can do better than this."</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 22:35:52 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 40581 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Ranked Fourth Worst in U.S. Humane Society Puppy Mill Report The Human-Dog Connection http://iowapublicradio.org/post/human-dog-connection-0 <p>The domestication of dogs started around 30,000 years ago when wolves started to self-select to live on the edges of human society in Eurasian. It wasn’t until about 14,000 years ago that we had the animal of dog as we know it.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:43:01 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 35922 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Human-Dog Connection Dog Training http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dog-training <p>Dr. Ian Dunbar revolutionized dog training with a few deceptively simple ideas: Dog training should be fun for dogs as well as people, you do not have to wait to train your puppy. &nbsp;Join host Charity Nebbe for a talk with world renowned dog-trainer, veterinarian, and animal-behaviorist Ian Dunbar. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 18:14:38 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 28557 at http://iowapublicradio.org Dog Training The Human-Dog Connection http://iowapublicradio.org/post/human-dog-connection <p>Marine Sgt. Ross Gundlach and a military service dog, a golden lab named Casey, faced more than 150 missions together in Afghanistan, sweeping roads for bombs in the south Helmand Province. Today on River To River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Sgt. Gundlach about his experience and reunification with Casey in Iowa earlier this month. Also, anthropologist Matt Hill of the University of Iowa, on what makes our relationship with dogs so unique.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 20:11:08 +0000 Emily Woodbury, Sarah Boden & Ben Kieffer 21706 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Human-Dog Connection Combat veterans helped by service dogs http://iowapublicradio.org/post/combat-veterans-helped-service-dogs <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Thousands of veterans have returned from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Nightmares or flashbacks, angry outbursts, and hyper vigilance are common symptoms. In addition, many veterans also have to learn to live with physical injuries. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:10:41 +0000 Ben Kieffer 18023 at http://iowapublicradio.org Combat veterans helped by service dogs Retrieving Freedom http://iowapublicradio.org/post/retrieving-freedom <p>A unique project in Northeast Iowa&nbsp;combines Wartburg College students with service dogs-in-training who will eventually be paired with military veterans or children with special needs.&nbsp; The dogs can profoundly assist physically and emotionally wounded soldiers and give hope to families who need a boost to help cope with a child with challenges. The non-profit organization Retrieving Freedom is supplying the dogs. Their website is <a href="http://retrievingfreedom.org">retrievingfreedom.org</a>.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:19:21 +0000 Pat Blank 15829 at http://iowapublicradio.org Retrieving Freedom Landauer Publishes New Cat and Dog Books with the Animal Rescue League http://iowapublicradio.org/post/landauer-publishes-new-cat-and-dog-books-animal-rescue-league <p>When you adopt a puppy or a kitten, a dog or a cat, from an animal shelter the goals are not only to find a good home for that pet but to make sure that pet is a good fit for you and that the home is forever. Charity Nebbe talks with representatives of the <a href="http://www.arl-iowa.org/" target="_blank">Animal Rescue League</a> in Des Moines who co-authored <a href="http://forloveofcatsanddogs.com/blog/">two new books</a> to help families with the adoption process and to help owners solve issues that may provoke them to turn in their pets to a shelter.</p><p></p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:13:03 +0000 Charity Nebbe 9862 at http://iowapublicradio.org Landauer Publishes New Cat and Dog Books with the Animal Rescue League Service dogs help combat veterans cope http://iowapublicradio.org/post/service-dogs-help-combat-veterans-cope <p>Thousands of veterans have returned from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.&nbsp; Nightmares or flashbacks, angry outbursts, and hyper vigilance are common symptoms. In addition, many veterans also have to learn to live with physical injuries.&nbsp; A Des Moines-based not-for-profit called Paws and Effect is helping some Iowa veterans live better lives.</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 11:17:10 +0000 Ben Kieffer 346 at http://iowapublicradio.org Service dogs help combat veterans cope