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Faithful dog reduced to a human level of barbaric conduct

Dogs of war cartoon

In another breach of that ancient contract between humans and dogs, sometimes the faithful dog has been reduced to a human level of barbaric conduct; fighting dogs. Dogs were trained as the dogs of war. This was not one of the terms and conditions of the original dog domestication contract. The phrase “dogs of war” …

Dogs and people exploited during coronavirus pandemic

French bulldog

There are reports of a surge in interest in adopting dogs to keep people occupied and entertained during the coronavirus lockdown in the UK. The problem is this: because of social distancing regulations people are buying purebred dogs online without doing due diligence in respect of the companion animal’s pedigree or origin. The dog is …

Why do dogs put their tail between their legs?

Dog tail-down position

Dogs put their tail between their legs when they are feeling insecure. In putting their tail between their legs they are cutting off the scent signals from their anal region. In doing this it helps to prevent a more dominant dog smelling their scent. It is the human equivalent of a person hiding their faces …

Why do we cure a hangover with the ‘hair of a dog’?

The phrase ‘hair of a dog’ as a cure for a hangover is baffling. It absolutely makes no sense whatsoever and the origin of the phrase refers to an equally baffling decision. The phrase means that it is a good idea to drink more booze to help get rid of a hangover caused by drinking …