The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (05/16/20)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY:   Partly cloudy. High of 56.  “C”

:  UPDATED: Rain all day. 100% chance. High of  52.  “F”

Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.

It’s one of the most famous, remembered, and imitated Disney movie scenes.

Regular readers know I am fascinated at the general behavior of dogs, why they do what they do, when,  and how.

In the movie scene Dug is fixated on the face of  character Carl Fredricksen, voiced by Ed Asner. That is until Dug quickly turns attention to that squirrel. Funny and perfect for a quick laugh.

But seriously, before the squirrel portion, doesn’t it make sense that a loving, emotional dog would necessarily glance almost in a trance at a human’s face, as Dug was doing until Hollywood writers inserted a short piece of comedy?

But that was a cartoon. I’m sorry. Animated feature.

What do real dogs look at when they’re looking at real people? A team of investigators headed by Tadatoshi Ogura from the School of Veterinary Medicine at Kitasato  University in Japan actually wanted to find out.

So, what did they do?  Oh, c’mon, that’s easy. Well, then spell it out. It’s something like out of a Columbo TV episode.

The researchers, remember they’re Japanese, recorded the eye movements that dogs made when they were looking at the full-body images of not just people, but also dogs, and cats. They managed to do so despite the challenge of a dog needing to hold his head as still as possible for the recordings. Most dogs, I would suggest all, aren’t like Dug.

What did the study find? To borrow from my hubby. I’m gettin’ to it. I’m gettin’ to it.

When the dogs looked at other dogs, where did the dogs immediately gaze?

At first, the other dog’s head. For a long time. Same was true for cats.

But let’s go back to that Disney video. Dug was glued to the face of Carl Fredricksen.

Now the latest data.

Dogs were attracted the most to a person’s hands and arms. So the researchers concluded the following.

When dogs look at you or other humans, they will first look at your hands, before any expressions you might have on your face.

Your hands.

—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

Demand for pets soars during lockdown – while Dog’s Trust warns ‘a dog is for life.’

Dogs endure emotional difficulties in puberty like humans, says study.

Kids are reading to therapy dogs on Zoom. They can’t pet the pooches, but sessions still book up.

Is lying in your dog’s bed…gross?



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The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of community policing in America. The COPS Office has announced the winners of the 6th Annual “Community Policing in Action” Photo Contest. For the sixth year in a row, the COPS Office invited state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies to submit one photo that best depicts community policing in action. Over 100 law enforcement organizations sent spirited submissions that reflected positive community engagement and trust building from across the country. The above photo taken in Florida last August was chosen through an office-wide selection process as one of the 2020 winners.

We close as we always do with our closing video. We have a few.

An Australian Koolie dog who was abandoned by his family has been rescued and retrained to detect koalas.

Bear has been following the aftermath of Australia’s bushfires since January, finding sick, injured or starving koalas that otherwise would have perished. He has now found more than 100.


From CBS 58: Pets of the Pandemic: Wisconsin shelters seeing historic adoption rates. Watch the video in this article.


Helping your dog adjust as you go back to work. Check out the video in this article.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We kindly ask that you please share with other dog lovers you know.

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

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