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Take Fido for pool swim in De Pere

9:40 PM, Aug. 2, 2013  |  Comments
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The VFW Pool in De Pere is going to the dogs.

From 1 to 4:45 p.m. Aug. 18, dogs and their owners can swim in the pool and participate in jump and splash contests and a swimsuit competition as part of Pooch Plunge. Cost is $5 per dog.

The pool closes for the season after the event, which is a joint effort of the De Pere Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department and De Pere Dog Park Committee. Proceeds from the event go to the dog park and parks and rec department.

People must be at least 16 years old. All dogs must be licensed through their local municipality or county and must show proof of current rabies vaccination.

Registration forms are available at www.de-pere.org or the De Pere Community Center, 600 Grant St. Registration is open through Aug. 16, but on-site registration will also be allowed with the appropriate paperwork.

Study measures dog behavior

A study conducted by Best Friends Animal Society, in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, found that dogs from pet stores (the large majority of which are the products of puppy mills) are more likely to have behavioral problems than dogs purchased from small breeders.

The pet-shop dogs showed more aggressive behavior toward other dogs, strangers and family members, as well as greater fear of other dogs and behavior problems when left unattended - all reasons frequently cited by people surrendering their pets to shelters.

The study, which included more than 6,000 dogs, was published in May in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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