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Pet Product Company Changes Its Name

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The change is effective immediately.

Dog Rocks USA Distribution LLC has announced a name change to Podium Pet Products.

The change, which is effective immediately, “reflects the company’s broader ambition and commitment to growth within international pet markets,” according to a press release.PETS DogRocksLogo

“Our overarching brand – Podium Pet Products – allows us to strengthen our portfolio and emphasize our commitment to the pet care sector,” said CEO Carina Evans. “We have ambitious line extensions and new product development plans with the aim of providing a range of pet product solutions across the UK, European and North American markets, with APAC next.” 

Dog Rocks remains the flagship brand for Podium Pet Products, whose growing portfolio includes: 

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  • Dog Rocks – Natural prevention and cure to pet urine burn marks on grass, shrubs and hedging. Sold through Podium Pet Products in Europe and North America.
  • Pet Remedy – Natural solution to stress and anxiety in all household pets. Sold through Podium Pet Products in North America.
  • Torus Water Bowl – A travel-friendly watering system that auto refills and filters water without the need for batteries or power and comes in 1L or 2L variants. Sold through Podium Pet Products in Europe.
  • PetproBio – A natural prebiotic supplement for pets’ overall health and wellbeing. Sold through Podium Pet Products in Europe.
  • Pet Angel – Antibacterial grooming tools for all pets designed and produced by royal and celebrity hairdresser Richard Ward. Sold through Podium Pet Products in Europe.
  • Non-Tip Feeder – Safe, durable and stackable feeding solution for horses.  Sold through Podium Pet Products in Europe.

The company won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2016. Podium Pet Products is owned by three former GB athletes: Andrew Hine and Nick Evans, who represented GB during their careers playing International Polo, and Carina Evans, who represented GB as a World Cup Skeleton athlete.

For more details about the company’s products, visit www.podiumpetproducts.com or see them at Global Pet Expo at booth #3019 March 22–24.

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Dogs May Be More Perceptive Than We Ever Realized, Study Finds

Even untrained strays can read human gestures.

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Dogs seem to be able to interpret human gestures even when they’ve had no training, a new study has found.

As any dog owner knows, pet canines understand commands and gestures with ease. A group of researchers set out to determine whether these capabilities are innate or require training, according to a report from Frontiers Science News.

The researchers looked specifically at pointing, with Dr. Anindita Bhadra of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, India, and colleagues studing stray dogs in several Indian cities.

“The researchers approached solitary stray dogs and placed two covered bowls on the ground near them,” Frontieers Science News reports. “A researcher then pointed to one of the two bowls, either momentarily or repeatedly, and recorded whether the dog approached the indicated bowl.”

About 80 percent of participating dogs successfully followed pointing gestures.

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“We thought it was quite amazing that the dogs could follow a gesture as abstract as momentary pointing,” Bhadra was quoted saying. “This means that they closely observe the human, whom they are meeting for the first time, and they use their understanding of humans to make a decision. This shows their intelligence and adaptability.”

The research was published in Frontiers in Psychology.

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State Considers Banning ‘No Pets’ Rental Listings

Some landlords are not happy about the proposed legislation.

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New Hampshire legislators are considering a ban on “no pets” notices in property listings.

Proposed legislation would forbid landlords and home sellers from barring pet owners, the Concord Monitor reports.

They could make rules related to pet deposits, noise control, sanitation and safety, according to the newspaper. But they could set make rules based on size, breed or appearance.

The legislation was proposed by state Rep. Ellen Read, a Democrat from Newmarket. It has drawn opposition from some landords who say it could lead to unsanitary conditions as well as allergy problems for some residents.

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But Julia Seeley, New Hampshire state director for the Humane Society, said her organization supports the bill.

We just strongly believe that a family should not be torn apart simply over housing,” she said.

Read more at the Concord Monitor

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Spotify Rolls Out Music Playlists for Pets

Pets seem to favor classical music and soft rock.

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Digital music service Spotify had a hunch that people were playing tunes for their pets.

A study by the company found that 71% of pet owners did exactly that. The survey included 5,000 music-streaming pet owners from the U.S., the UK, Australia, Spain and Italy.

The company explains:

That being said, we created a unique experience to help you craft the pawfect algorithmically generated playlist for you and your pet to enjoy together. Head to spotify.com/pets for a playlist you can share with your dog, cat, iguana, hamster, or bird.

See the graphic below for more details from the survey.

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