The ancient partnership between dogs and man has changed over the centuries, but the bond remains as strong as ever. Today's dogs seldom ply their ancient trades, but they have amassed an impressive new repertoire of skills. The most common career for dogs these days is "pet," but these remarkable animals also demonstrate an array of skills ranging from finding lost children to ferreting out contraband, tracking criminals, helping physically and mentally impaired people, joining owners in a variety of sports and games, and guarding livestock from endangered predators. Below is a complete list of pet dog breeds featured here by Discover Animals.
There is no doubt that the bond between people and dogs transcends human understanding. It’s a bond that represents our longest and closest association with another species. Along the way dogs have been our working partners, our playmates and best friends, bringing us joy and meeting all kinds of practical needs. At NAIA, we aim to help you maximize the joys and benefits of this multi-faceted relationship with information from hands-on canine experts, including trainers, breeders, behaviorists, and medical professionals. This Dog Finders’ Guide is one step in that direction.
Does the world need another site that matches a dog with an owner? Consider this: The new global marketplace has changed the way we acquire our dogs. Cheaper transportation and the rise of mobile communication, the Internet, and social media have created a paradigm shift in the way people get dogs.
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Your dog loves receiving belly rubs, pets, going for walks, and just hearing the sound of your voice. But did you know that in between all those wags, your dog is doing something important for you, too? Petting your dog for 15-30 minutes lowers your blood pressure and reduces stress by lowering the level of cortisol (a stress hormone) in your blood. Furthermore, interactions with your dog cause you to release “feel good” hormones such as oxytocin, a process that not only puts you and your dog in a better mood, but one that can be of service to people who suffer from depression or stress-related disorders.