Modern Roles

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The future of dogs lies in their adaptation to modern society. Today, dogs still draw upon their basic instincts which have been adapted to fill modern roles in areas such as conservation. Meanwhile other dogs form such strong affinities with humans that they can be expertly trained to fill modern roles with people who require special needs.

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Assistance Dogs Changing Lives

Most of us have marvelled at the skill of 'Seeing Eye' dogs. But dogs can also be trained to make a difference in the lives of those of us with physical and mental disabilities. These dogs are taught to respond somewhat instinctively, so enabling disabled people to live more independent lives. »» Read more...

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From Rough Shooting to Conservation

When WW2 ended, no longer were we rationed to two gallons of petrol per month. With no large supermarkets, small shops stocked some meat, albeit expensive! So rabbiting and hunting on foot in our wild open spaces with a 'Rough Shooters' dog was as much of a necessity as it was a recreation. Today, the instincts of some of these ... »» Read more...


Big Dogs Save Little Penguins

This story describes a ground-breaking programme that uses Maremma Sheepdogs to keep wildlife safe from predators. Measured by the recovery of numbers of the sea birds in two separate colonies, this programme is not only a remarkable success, it is testament to the worth of pure breed dogs for modern conservation projects. »» Read more...


Companion Dogs in New Zealand

In these days of Internet, iPhones and Blackberries, it is difficult to imagine there are still some people who live in such isolation that their mail and supplies are delivered twice a week by a mail boat. This is the case in the sparsely inhabited region forming the magnificent Marlborough Sounds, situated at the North of the South Island of ... »» Read more...