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Introducing the Potential First Dogs

The Clintons have three dogs: Seamus (a black Lab), Talley (a poodle), and Maisie (a mixed-breed). The Trumps have a yellow Labrador retriever named Spinee.

During the Bronze Age, when a dog died, people used to bury them to the west of their house entrance to protect against unwanted spirits.

Prisoners Overcoming Obstacles and Creating Hope, aka POOCH, is a program being used in some of California’s correctional facilities. Inmates are taught how to use positive reinforcement methods to train puppies to become service animals for wounded veterans and people with autism.

According to a recent study in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, when training dogs, a rub on the belly or pat on the head might be more effective than dog treats.

In the Harry Potter novels, Fang is said to be a boarhound or Great Dane. In the movies, Fang is portrayed by a Neapolitan Mastiff named Bella.

Mr. Smarty Pants read the above information in a book, magazine, newspaper, or website; heard it on the radio; saw it on television; or overheard it at a party. Got any facts? Email them to Mr. Smarty Pants for possible inclusion in the column at MrPants@AustinChronicle.com.