Dog's Brains Are Tuned to Recognize Human Faces

Recent fMRI data shows that dogs' sensitivity to human faces and expressions may be wired into the canine brain.

A Simple Way of Reducing Long-Term Stress in Dogs?

An unexpected finding — the simple act of walking your dog can affect its long-term ability to cope with stress.

Do Dogs Have Empathy for Human Stress and Discomfort?

Dogs and humans seem to respond in the same way when they hear the crying sounds of the distressed baby.

Does Training Make Your Dog Smarter?

Dogs that have been trained to high levels of performance in any of a number of skills (e.g., agility, schutzhund, search and rescue, retrieving, musical freestyle, etc.) become better problem solvers on totally unrelated tasks.

Does Emotional Attachment to an Owner Change in Older Dogs?

Although older dogs may appear to be more placid and less emotionally responsive, physiological measures show that this is not the case. They may actually be reacting to stress to a greater degree than they did when they were younger.

Is There an Epidemic of Fake Service Dogs?

In order to gain access to public places such as restaurants and hotels with their pets a number of people are purchasing service dog vests and meaningless assistance dog identification cards and certificates from commercial online service dog registries. These do not require that the dog be trained nor that the person have a disability.

Do We Project Our Own Personalities Onto Our Dogs' Behavior?

Dogs can be a sort of psychological mirror since people sometimes use their own personality tendencies to fill in the gaps when trying to interpret ambiguous dog behaviors.

Who Participates in Dog-sporting Events and Why?

Although people can be highly competitive in the various dog-sports, recent research shows that internal motives and social benefits are more important than trophies and accolades.

Do Dog People and Cat People Differ in Terms of Dominance?

New data suggest that dog people and cat people are selecting their preferred pet because it complements their own personality.

A Landmark Case for the Legal Rights of Dogs?

Legal precedents establishing the rights of dogs under the law may have been set when, for the first time, a dog charged with murdering a cat was tried in front of a judge and jury.

The Most and Least Popular Dog Breeds

A full listing of the popularity ranking of all 178 breeds of dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club. The trends over the past five years show some interesting consistencies and some intriguing changes.

Study: Dogs Can Identify Liars, and They Don't Trust Them

Dogs keep track of whether people lie or tell the truth, and they use these memories to determine whether they can trust particular humans and any new information that they get from them.

Can Dogs Recognize Emotions Just by Looking at a Human Face?

New data shows that dogs need only a glimpse of your mouth or your eyes to determine whether you are happy or angry.

Marijuana for Dogs?

With more states in the US legalizing medical and recreational use of marijuana more dogs are becoming exposed to this substance as well. There are some suggestions that this may have benefits for our pets but there are also potential dangers to our pets.

Can Therapy Dogs Help Cure Cancer?

Do therapy dogs have any effect on the physical, functional, or emotional well-being of cancer patients?

The First Dogs in the Americas

Humans arrived in the Americas before dogs, so when did dogs come to the New World, where did they come from, and what did they look like?

Rollovers Do Not Always Mean a Dog Is Afraid or Submissive

The so-called "submissive rollover" in dogs is not really what it seems — at least when applied to play behavior.

When a Dog Has "Accidents," the Detection Game

Borrowing a scientific technique from crime scene investigators may help to solve problems associated with house cleanliness "accidents" which occur when a dog owner is not at home.

In the Human Brain, Dogs and Children Are Equally Lovable

MRI data explores how human mothers respond to their own children and to their family dog. The similarities are remarkable.

The Miracle of Talking Dogs

According to legend dogs gain the power of speech at midnight on Christmas Eve and one man recalls an attempt to test the truth of this folktale

Why Dogs Eat Grass—a Myth Debunked

Neither upset stomach nor dietary needs can explain why dogs eat grass

Pope Francis Says That All Dogs Go to Heaven

Pope Francis contradicts the long standing Catholic Church catechism by claiming that animals have souls and can enter Paradise.

Do Dogs Get the Flu and Can They Pass It on to You?

A highly contagious dog flu first appeared in 2004. Many people worry about catching flu from their pet. Are those concerns valid?

Dogs Hear Word Meanings and Emotions Differently

The dog's brain is organized to process the meaningful and emotional aspects of speech in a way that is remarkably similar to the human brain.

An Easy Way to Prevent Food Aggression in Dogs

Food aggression or food bowl guarding is learned while a puppy is still in its litter, however it is easily prevented.

Do Dogs Grieve Over a Lost Loved One?

Images of dogs mourning over the death of someone dear to them are common in fine art and in photos on the Internet. Although behavioral scientists agree that these dogs are showing great sorrow and sadness they debate as to whether the emotion the dogs are feeling is really grief.

Smart Collars Monitor Your Dog's Activity and Health

Devices already on the market allow you to remotely talk to your dog, while tracking his location, activity and wellness

Is the Next Step in Canine Evolution Cyber-Enhanced Dogs?

A smart phone app may allow you to control and communicate with your computer enhanced dog.

Is the Dog's Brain Tuned to Love People?

A recent MRI study shows that a reward center lights up in the dog's brain when he is reminded of a familiar human.

Why Do Dogs Have Dewclaws?

Although dewclaws are nonfunctional extra toenails in dogs today, they tell us something about how dogs evolved.

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