Canines providing much more than comfort | Health & Fitness

Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris

Dog days are here, and I’m not talking about the weather. Just look around. As confirmed by a recent report, pet ownership has skyrocketed during the pandemic. Despite economic setbacks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the US pet industry had a record year, posting $107 billion in 2020, according to the US Pet Market Outlook. “The pace of change within the pet market will continue to move at breakneck speed for the foreseeable future,” the report concludes.

Over the years, I’ve covered a lot of news about the dog/human relationship. As I wrote in September 2016, the expression “canicula” was first used in ancient Greece, translated from Latin into English about 500 years ago, and was used to describe the belief that a particular constellation of stars associated with a pattern of warm weather was like a dog chasing a rabbit.

I used the reference back then to report stories of a groundbreaking scientific study that showed that dogs (as many dog ​​owners and trainers believed) understand both the meaning of words and the intonation used to pronounce them. What the science was confirming was that man’s best friend not only hears the meaning of human speech but also perceives the emotion behind it. That dogs can not only separate what we say and how we say it, but can also combine the two for a correct interpretation of what those words really mean.

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