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.

Aggression in Dogs: The Roles of Oxytocin and Vasopressin

New research shows oxytocin and vasopressin shape affiliation and aggression in dogs. While cause and effect haven't been teased out, controlling aggression is a win-win for all.

World Animal Day: A Global Celebration For Hopeful Futures

While there's been some progress in terms of how nonhumans are treated, millions upon millions of other animals still endure great suffering and die in the name of humans.

The Dogs of Avalon and the Unsinkable Marion Fitzgibbon

A new book by Laura Schenone titled "The Dogs of Avalon: The Race to Save Animals in Peril" details how one woman made a huge difference for rescued greyhounds and other animals.

It's OK For Dogs to Engage in Zoomies and Enjoy FRAPs

Allowing dogs to enjoy zoomies (Frenetic Random Activity Periods, FRAPs) is fine as long as they don't harm themselves or others. Few FRAPs cause injuries and they're lots of fun.

Fishes Show Individual Personalities in Response to Stress

Trinidadian guppies display individual coping strategies in response to stress that are consistent over time and in various contexts. Some hide, some escape, while some explore.

Choose a Dog Trainer as Carefully as You Would a Surgeon

Using a certified dog trainer is a must for your dog and you.

Do Wolves Understand Cause and Effect Better Than Dogs?

The headline of an essay claims wolves understand cause and effect better than dogs, but some questions remain about this unequivocal pronouncement. Dogs aren't dumb-downed wolves.

What It's Like to Be a Dog

New MRI research shows startling similarities in what lights up animals' brains. Dogs, other nonhumans, and humans share neural processes involved in their thoughts and emotions.

Tamed & Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind

Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas' new book called "Tamed & Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind" is a gem of a collection written by these two gifted women.

A Journey to Ecocentrism: Earth Jurisprudence and Rewilding

Ecocentrism argues that a nature-centered view is essential for the future of our magnificent planet. Earth jurisprudence recognizes humans as one part of a community of beings.

For Dogs, Helicopter Humans Don't Balance Scolds and Praise

Preliminary data show that humans don't balance scolding with praising dogs.

Wild Dogs Sneeze to Decide Whether They're Ready to Hunt

A new study has shown that African wild dogs make collective group decisions by using sneezing to see if there's a quorum. The more sneezes, the more likely they'd go off to hunt.

The Power of Play: Dogs Just Want to Have Fun

Fair play by dogs reveals many aspects of what they know and feel as they have fun on the run. They need to know what playmates want and data show they mind-read them accurately.

New Study of Ape Cognition Shows We're Not All That Unique

A new essay summarizing great ape intelligence and cleverness argues against human exceptionalism and speciesistic claims that humans are all that special, unique, and "smarter."

Why People Hunt: The Psychology of Killing Other Animals

A new study identifies achievement as prominent among multiple satisfactions that hunters receive on their outings in which different species are targeted in different regions.

The Cat That Changed America: Giving Urban Wildlife Voice

Los Angeles mountain lion P22's story is a perfect model for peaceful coexistence between urban animals and humans. A new film has lots of food for thought for future projects.

Dog Bites: Comprehensive Data and Interdisciplinary Analyses

Dog Bites: A Multidisciplinary Perspective is the most comprehensive book ever assembled on all aspects of dog bites. Thirty-two original essays by 39 authors tell it all.

Companion Animals Need Much More Than We Give Them

A recent essay called "We Need to Change the Way We View Our Pets, Here’s How" shows how easy it is.

Dogs, Cats and Scapegoats: Messes We Make With Companions

A landmark new film by Hugh Dorigo called "Dogs, Cats and Scapegoats" presents detailed information about the plight of companion animals.

"How Come People Say They Love Animals and Kill Them?"

In a discussion with kids about human-animal relationships some difficult topics were raised. Some focused on obvious conflicts, people saying one thing and doing something else.

Dogs: When They Smell Their Pee They Know It's "Me"

A novel study about self-recognition by dog researcher Alexandra Horowitz taps into what's happening in a dog's brain when their nose goes to work sniffing different odors.

Animal Well-Being, Compassionate Conservation, and Rewilding

In an interview with the Charter for Animal Compassion's Rob Percival, we discuss the importance of treating other animals with deep respect and the value of personal rewilding.

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