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Tackling the canine obesity crisis

Tackling the canine obesity crisis

Science
When it comes to man's best friend, science may finally have solved the mystery of their gluttony - some Labradors, it seems, are genetically predisposed to being hungry. That's according to scientists who were discussing their ongoing mission to improve our favourite pets' health at the British Science Association Festival in Brighton. Several research teams in the UK are on a mission to improve canine health. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have studied the appetite of Britain's favourite dog breed, and suggest Labradors are genetically at risk of becoming overweight.Roughly a quarter of British households own a pet dog, and Labrador retrievers remain our most popular canine companion. However, this stereotypically "greedy" breed often suffers size-related health problems. Bla...
Battelle helps DHS assess, train canine security teams

Battelle helps DHS assess, train canine security teams

Business
Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Battelle is helping the Department of Homeland Security to assess the capability gaps of state and local canine security teams and provide additional training, the company announced on Tuesday.The DHS program is called REDDI, the Regional Explosives Detection Dog Initiative.The DHS's Advanced Research Project Agency dispatched its team of trainers, evaluators, and scientist in the spring to help the canine teams with key information on threat materials, and recent attacks.Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division.Operational scenarios and opportunities for odor training were also provided, Battelle said."At Battelle, we have more than 20 years of experience in canine-f...