Man’s best friend

Understanding dogs body language

Canine language is unambiguous – at least when two or more dogs encounter each other, provided they have been sufficiently socialised with members of the same species.

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Therapy dogs helping people

Once a week, Nelly the therapy dog makes a visit to Barbara who suffers from dementia. When she strokes the dog or it nudges against her, distant memories flicker in the old lady of a shepherd dog which lived in her parents’ yard when she was small. The hour with Nelly in animal support therapy releases Barbara from the greyness of her everyday life and gives her a sense of being alive once more. Just how such therapy works is explained by the experts at Maxi Zoo.

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The seventh sense

Internet forums are full of stories about cats and dogs that appear to possess extraordinary talents. The animal lovers at Maxi Zoo are also familiar with tales of dogs who foresee danger ahead for their masters or mistresses – or of cats who come home as soon as someone is waiting there for them. Could this be the so-called seventh sense?

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Search dogs- Four-legged heroes

Wouldn’t it be handy to be able get your dog to find your Easter eggs for you with its keen nose? Trained search dogs can do much more. They sniff out drugs, hunt down criminals and save people trapped under snow and debris.

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Multiple benefits between pet and owner

In almost every third household in Ireland, pets are keeping people company. They are loyal, cuddly, alert and comical companions and they exert a positive influence on our wellbeing. Experts from Maxi Zoo explain how pets can have a positive influence on people of all ages.

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Dog sniffers

Do dogs have a sixth sense? Experts are still arguing the point, but one thing’s for sure; dogs are equipped with heightened senses almost beyond belief. Dogs can hear mice cough and discern a world of aromas completely unknown to us. Especially when it comes to sensing smells, dogs are way ahead of us.

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