How to Give Dogs the Best Lives Possible in a Human World

Researchers and trainers weigh in on how to make the world better for dogs. Repeated themes include letting dogs be dogs, knowing dog behavior, and using positive training.

Living With a Dog Is Good, If It's Good for You and the Dog

A detailed study of more than three million people in Sweden shows that especially for individuals living alone, a dog has some health benefits. But, is it also good for the dog?

Giving Puppies Extra Socialization Is Beneficial for Them

A new study shows that extra socialization for puppies makes a positive difference. It's a win-win for all and no worries about spoiling them. We're their lifelines, so just do it.

Can Dogs Tell Us We're Angry When We Don't Know We Are?

Dogs mouth-lick when they see angry human faces, but not when they hear angry voices. Might these data help therapists working with people who aren't in touch with their feelings?

Dogs Are Brainier Than Cats, But Are They Really Smarter?

New research shows dogs have more cortical neurons than cats, but what does this really mean?

Animal Welfare Fails Many Millions of Sentient Individuals

A recent essay in the L. A. Times about the horrific lives of Thanksgiving turkeys shows why the science of animal welfare needs to be replaced by the science of animal well-being.

Pets As Gifts: Please Don't Surprise Me With a Life Sentence

Gifting a pet without permission is not a good idea. One person told me, "It's not fair or appropriate to impose a 15-year life sentence on someone as a surprise." I agree.

Animals Aren't Sentient and Can't Feel Pain, Tories Claim

The inane claim that animals are unfeeling beings counters a vast amount of science and opens the door for horrific abuse. Let's stop pretending and lying to ourselves and others.

Chimps Seem to Know What Others Know—So Do Dogs at Play

Chimps alter alarm calls and seem to know what others know about possible danger.

Happy National Slobber Appreciation Day: Let Dogs Enjoy It

Slobbering is good for dogs—and their humans.

Compassionate Conservation Matures and Comes of Age

Among the major goals of compassionate conservation (CC) is taking killing off the table. Conservation is a moral pursuit and as such CC focuses on individual well-being.

Sheep Discriminate Faces, So What's In It For the Sheep?

Sheep display "surprising" cognitive skills. This discovery is related to human diseases from which sheep don't usually suffer. Should transgenic sheep be created to learn more?

Shark Attacks: Myths, Misunderstandings, and Human Fear

An interview with Blake Chapman, author of a new and important book that portrays sharks as who they truly are.

Dogs Smell Human Fear and Mirror Our Mood When They Do

A recent study shows what many have "known" about the power of a dog's nose and its ability to detect what we're feeling. New data show dogs smell human fear and also get scared.

The Link Between Violence Toward Nonhuman Animals and Humans

The tragic church shooting in Texas is another example of the well-known link between violence toward nonhumans and violence toward humans. More data are sorely needed.

Cows: Science Shows They're Bright and Emotional Individuals

A detailed review dispels harmful myths that ignore who cows truly are. A.K.A. steak, burgers, beef, and veal, they have rich and deep cognitive and emotional lives, science shows.

Male Monkeys Show Neural and Hormonal Correlates of Jealousy

Male titi monkeys who form strong pair bonds with their mates show neural and hormonal changes indicating jealousy when their partner is observed close to a strange male.

Jane Goodall: Iconic Conservationist and Pillar of Hope

A brief biographical sketch of the woman who changed how we view humans and other animals.

When Dogs Have a Bad Day, EEGs Show Their Sleep Suffers

Bad experiences can result in dogs spending less time in deep sleep. Perhaps this explains why some dogs are surprisingly moody when they get up.

Chimpanzee Personalities: Jane Goodall Redux

New research on animal personalities shows what goes around comes around. Years ago Jane Goodall freely talked about these traits and was criticized. Clearly, she was correct.

Do Dogs Really Manipulate Us? Beware Misleading Headlines

A recent study shows only that dogs are more expressive when we look at them. It does not show "The truth about just how manipulative your dog really is." Readers, beware.

The "Possum Stomp" vs. Compassionate Conservation and Ethics

It's time to call out New Zealand's war on wildlife firmly, but nicely. "Killing with kindness" is an oxymoron; where have welfare groups gone?

Skill May Be More Important Than Size and Strength in Fights

New research suggests an individual's talent is critical to consider when they brawl. It might actually be that size and raw strength don't matter as much as an animal's skill.

Dogs Are More Expressive When We're Looking at Them

A new study shows dogs display more, but not different, facial expressions when we pay attention to them. The presence of food didn't have any effect, so they're not just using us.

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: EEGs Show They Learn When Z'ing

Non-invasive research looking at surface EEGs and sleep spindles shows dogs learn when they're sleeping. There were no age differences, but females do it better than males.

Does Everybody Really Hate Possums? The Bandwagon Effect

New Zealand’s Threatened Species Ambassador claims "everybody hates possums." However, they don't. Making sweeping claims like this can generate hate even where it didn't exist.

Consciousness: How a Squishy Brain Connects to Make You, You

How do 90 billion neurons interconnect to produce a wide variety of experiences? Your Conscious Mind, a new book for a general audience, covers what we know about consciousness.

Do Dogs Understand "You Can Play 5 Minutes Then We Go Home"?

I'm often asked if dogs have a sense of time. They likely do, but we have little to no idea of what the passage of time looks like to them although we act as if it's like ours.

Dominance, Individual Personality, and Leadership in Dogs

Research on dogs shows group decisions are strongly influenced by the dominance rank and unique personality of leader individuals and the underlying hierarchical social network.

Kids and Animals: Hunting, Zoos, Climate Change, and Hope

Youngsters have rather sophisticated views on human-animal interactions in a wide variety of venues. We must teach them well so they can keep their and our hopes and dreams alive.

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