Dogs can be keenly sensitive to subtle changes related to the health of their owners. For example, seizure alert dogs can sense the onset epileptic seizures. A new study suggests that dog can also warn about imminent migraine headaches hours in advance. Read More
The winner in Olympic speed skating is the person who gets to the finish line first. But in events like snowboarding and the Westminster Dog Show, determining who is “the best” is much more subjective. Here are four reasons why snowboard judging is better than dog show judging. Read More
It is widely believed that newspaper reports of wanton animal cruelty elicit more public outrage than stories about child abuse. Two social scientists recently designed an experiment to see if this claim is true. Here is what they found.
In a recent post (Are Dogs People? Really?), I criticized the claim that new dog brain studies show that non-human animals are persons. Here three smart protectionists explain why they think I am wrong—and why the courts should grant legal status to non-human species. Read More
Using the latest M.R.I. technology, a group of neuroscientists are exploring what goes on inside the heads of dogs. Their research is exciting, but the fact that a brain structure lights up when our canine friends are happy does not mean that "dogs are people, too." Read More
You have come across a burning building. From inside, you hear the howls of a dog and the cries of a human infant. Flames licking at your heels, you run into the building and realize that you only have time to save one or the other. Which one would you choose—the dog or the child? The surprising results of a new study reveal how important animals are in people's lives. Read More
In 1867, the streets of New York were awash with homeless dogs. The city council took action and began drowning 700 dogs a day in the East River. Thanks to the success of the spay and neuter campaign, fewer unwanted pets are killed today than ever before. But a new study has found that cutting your dogs gonads off may make it more likely to get cancer. Read More
Fear of snakes is the most common animal phobia. As I learned on a recent vacation in south Florida, several new studies show that giant snakes not only kill people, but they may be headed your way... Read More