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Miss Mollie Mae – Kids Back to School: Separation Anxiety for Your Four-Legged Friend!

In September, as the kids head back to school, did you consider that your dog may have to adjust to the changes in the family routine just like everyone else? During the summer, your children and the family dog can develop a strong bond. Now there’s suddenly an empty and quiet house.

This change in routine when children return to school can be confusing to your dog. Instead of going for walks and playing in the yard, their companions suddenly put on backpacks and head out the door without them. This change in routine can cause your dog to suffer from separation anxiety or depression.

Your dog may experience the effects of the loss of extra playtime and the friendship developed with your children by exhibiting signs of separation through destructive behaviors such as:

  • Chewing furniture
  • Ripping the stuffing out of pillows
  • Shredding paper
  • Obsessive barking/whining for extended periods of time

Separation anxiety is a serious condition that can be managed with structure and patience. Never punish your dog for exhibiting this behavior, as it will make him or her more fearful and potentially aggressive.

Here are a few helpful tips to help your dog cope with back-to-school schedules and your children’s shift in attention:

  • Follow a daily routine for feeding, walks, and play time.
  • Leave some sturdy, interactive toys for your dog to help keep him from being bored. Rubber kongs can be stuffed with a little peanut butter and can even be frozen for a long lasting treat!
  • Consider doggie daycare for prolonged absences



By |September 11th, 2015|Miss Mollie Mae|0 Comments|

Miss Mollie Mae: The social media site worth BARKING about!

A dog should be a positive, up-lifting experience. Therefore, a dog photo should be something that makes you a little bit happier or laugh when you see it.

A new photo-sharing site called BarkFeed features dog images designed to make us smile. BarkFeed was developed by Bark & Co., the same group that brought us BarkBox, which is a monthly delivery of toys, treats, and chews for our pups.

Right now, BarkFeed is a web-based application and does not have a mobile app. But due to the response the site has been getting since its launch earlier this summer, the app integration may not be far behind.pup


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Miss Mollie Mae – Can dogs detect cancer?

The future of cancer screenings may not be expensive, invasive tests, but simply in having dogs sniff a urine sample.

In a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, a rescue dog name Frankie had a 90% success rate at distinguishing urine between people with thyroid cancer and those people without the disease.

In an effort to provide an alternative to invasive tests, researchers trained Frankie, a German Shepherd mix, to recognize the smell of cancerous human thyroid tissue. He had been trained to lie down when he smelled cancer, and to turn away when he did not.

In a 2011 study, researchers successfully trained dogs to detect lung cancer by sniffing patients’ breath. Notably, the dogs could detect cancer even when those patients had been smoking or had COPD, unlike current cancer screening tests. In 2014, a study showed that dogs had 98% accuracy at detecting prostate cancer from urine samples. Dogs are also being trained to detect ovarian cancer.

The rationale is simple: While humans have only 5 million scent receptors in their noses, dogs have about 200 million, giving them a sense of smell roughly a thousand times more sensitive!

Even though the use of dogs to detect cancer is a flourishing field of research, the future of cancer screenings is something to be euphoric and engrossed about!



Miss Mollie Mae: The Eyes Have It!

The eyes have it: Why we bond with our dogs like our babies.

Some dog owners treat their dogs like their babies. While this might seem ridiculous to some, a new study proves the bond between dogs and their owners can be as emotionally strong as the connection between mothers and their children.

Researchers have shown the eye connection between dogs and humans increases the levels of oxytocin in people. Oxytocin, aka the “cuddle chemical,” is a hormone mammals produce in the brain that encourages bonding between mothers and their offspring. It’s also involved in partner and social bonding.

In the first experiment, the researchers measured oxytocin levels in 28 pairs of dogs and their humans before watching them interact for 30 minutes. People talked, petted, and looked at their canines. Afterward, the researchers screened oxytocin levels again.

The owners and pups that gazed at one another more showed increased oxytocin!

For the second experiment, the researchers dosed 54 dogs with either a spray of saline or oxytocin in the nose. The female dogs treated with oxytocin spent more time gazing at their owners, which after 30 minutes boosted the levels of their owners’ oxytocin!

This suggests that this gaze behavior is really critical in oxytocin release! When they receive oxytocin, this causes dogs to look more at people and the more they look, it boosts oxytocin levels more.

This special bonding relationship with dogs is fairly unique!