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Saturday, October 26, 2002

WHEN BARKING IS A CRY FOR HELP
get me a valium!
Canine compulsive disorder. No, that's not some chemical imbalance that causes a person to obsessively pet a dog. Rather, it's the state of affairs for the estimated one in 50 dogs that have some sort of emotional problem. So if your pooch is always barking for no reason or licking the fur off his skin, it's time to check his noggin.

The article states that the best way to cure an afflicted dog is to take him for frequent walks and to re-train him from scratch, in order to re-orient his mental processes and perk him up. Both these methods are rather time-consuming, so I'm betting that pretty soon, we'll see anti-depressant drugs for doggies on the market for the quick-fix crowd.