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    Slobodchikoff is President and CEO of Animal Communications, Ltd., specializing in pet behavior problems and in educating people about the behavior of animals.

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March 08, 2009


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Wow it's amazing that there's study like this one to address pet's behavior towards their surroundings. I so love my dog so I will be giving him this privilege.

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Hi Mr. Ramarao, Your feeling has really inspired me to take a PROACTIVE action for street dogs. Please think to start a movement for street dogs I will certainly contribute to it by creating a blog and changing the attitude of discrimination towards street dogs. Really good idea.

- Mehul

Nancy Frensley, CAP2, CPDT

Thank you for your comments on my article. I enjoyed your post. It is wonderful that you are thinking of the street dogs in your area. Street or village dogs have a rich culture all their own and it is amazing how they learn to get along with one another and with the humans that live around them.

The question of whether "breed" matters is a complicated one. When dogs are selectively bred over a number of generations for certain characteristics, those characteristics start to appear in all members of that group and create a "type" of dog.

In some ways, the street dogs in a particular area resemble a breed in that they emerge from a common gene pool and have similar physical and behavioral characteristics. This enables them to develop a common system of communication and instinctive responses to their environment. Even though they are not selectively bred for a specific type of look and behavior, they often achieve it anyway. And they certainly should not be considered less than purposefully bred dogs.

Dr. Raymond Coppinger has done some fascinating studies of village dogs which he wrote about in his book,"Dogs, A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution."
You might enjoy this book.

There are international animal groups that are working on spay/neuter, vaccination and sheltering projects in a number of countries. You might research them on the internet to see if they can help in your area.


great work.. As a dog lover I love those who love n take care of dogs.. I don't have any certificate in dog training n all but I have been with dogs for about 20 years.. n most of all I have more relation with street dogs. Here in India you get to see lot of them and no proper care is being taken by anyone, neither the government nor any organizations.. All I can afford it to feed some dogs in my vicinity with biscuits etc.. But I have real zeal to do something for the betterment of life of street dogs here at our place(kakinada,Andhra Pradesh, INDIA). To be frank I don't see any difference between any I feel street dog is no way less than any other costly breeds and I feel sad when street dogs are given less credit coz they are on streets.. after all they are also dogs na.. does the breed make a difference?? All the dogs seem to be my like my own dog. So can you help me reach my goal in anyway?? Ready to work with you anywhere anytime... damn ready

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