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Variety of dogs' coats explained
By Victoria Gill  Science reporter, BBC News Wiry, smooth, curly or straight - the genetic reason for the array of coats of different dog breeds is surprisingly simple, say scientists.   Just three genes account for the coat types that make canine pets so diverse. A team of researchers reports in the journal Science that different   read more

Pet dogs can 'catch' human yawns
By Jennifer Carpenter Science reporter, BBC News Yawning is known to be contagious in humans but now scientists have shown that pet dogs can catch a yawn, too. The copying activity suggests that canines are capable of empathising with people, say the researchers who recorded dogs' behaviour in lab tests. Until now, only humans and their   read more

It will come as no surprise to the vast majority of dog owners that having a dog in your life is good for you. And now, it seems, that it is official!   Dog owners already know that having a dog around is just great but now research shows that “dog owners tend to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol” Information from   read more

HEARING DOGS for Deaf People
The idea of training hearing dogs to assist deaf people was first introduced to the UK in 1982 after Lady Beatrice Wright and vet Bruce Fogle saw a similar scheme in America. The first dog selected for training, 'Favour', a tan and white crossbred dog, was selected from a rescue centre and Hearing Dogs was launched at Crufts that year.    read more

It's true that one of the biggest hurdles to businesses welcoming dogs is the behaviour of a minority of dog owners. So, whilst we are sure that users of the Dog Friendly Britain site are already responsible owners, we are including a few friendly tips to help ensure that dog-friendly venues continue to be so and perhaps encourage other, less   read more

What are the regulations for allowing dogs into pubs and restaurants?
We contacted the Food Standard Agency to find out exactly what the rules and regulations regarding dogs being allowed into pubs and restaurants are. This is their explanation of where dogs are allowed in regard to cafes/restaurants/pubs/hotels etc:  People who want to allow dogs in their cafe / pub /restaurant / hotel etc   read more

Domestic dog origins challenged
The suggestion that the domestic dog originated in East Asia has been challenged. The huge genetic diversity of dogs found in East Asia had led many scientists to conclude that domestication began there. But new research published in the journal PNAS shows the DNA of dogs in African villages is just as varied. An international group of   read more

The Wet Nose Society
The Wet Nose Society is a social networking site especially for dogs, and is hosted by Dog Friendly Britain. It is open to anyone in the world who owns a dog. Each dog can have a page of his/her own with lots of detail about likes and dislikes, breed, favourite walks and any other information that you think   read more

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