Can a Dog Really Suffer From Depression?

One of the breakthroughs in veterinary medicine has been the recognition that dogs and humans may have similar psychological problems and can be treated the same way.

Do You Confide in Your Dog More Than With Family Members?

New data shows that people confide in their dog during times of adversity but only about certain specific emotions

Just Looking at a Dog Can Make You Smile

A simple set of data demonstrates that merely seeing a dog can make people feel good.

Can a Dog's Size Predict Its Intelligence?

New data shows that very large or very small dog breeds rank lower in intelligence.

Do Dogs Prefer Food or Praise?

A new study looks at whether dogs prefer food rewards more than social interaction with their owners by monitoring what goes on inside the dogs brain.

Should You Share Your Cocktail Hour With Your Dog?

Evidence shows that sharing alcoholic beverages with your dog is a bad practice.

Dog People Are Popular While Cat People Are Single

Data based on 160,000 Facebook users shows interesting differences in lifestyle, personality and personal preferences between dog people and cat people.

Is the English Bulldog a Doomed Breed?

New data suggests that the gene pool for the English bulldog is too small to maintain a healthy population.

Stop the Presses! Dog Owners Are Happier

A new study reveals the impact dog and cat ownership has on the mental well-being, happiness, and life satisfaction of people.

Just Being Near You Is Rewarding for Dogs

A new study suggests that dogs find merely being near humans to be rewarding, even without social interactions.

Which Emotions Do We See in Dogs and Cats?

New data looks at the basic and complex emotions that pet owners observe in their own dogs and cats.

How People Perceive Dogs With Docked Tails and Cropped Ears

New data shows that seeing a dog with a docked tail and cropped ears may cause people to believe that the dog is aggressive and its owner might be aggressive as well.

Are Voice Commands or Hand Signals More Effective for Dogs?

New data answers the question of whether dogs are more responsive to verbal commands or to gestures and body language.

Can Your Dog Help You Get Dates?

Your reaction to your own dog and your date's dog may determine how attractive you appear to a potential partner.

What Is the Best Way to Stop a Dog Fight?

When dogs are fighting your most instinctive method of trying to get them to stop will likely get you injured, but there are some safer ways to break up a fight.

New Proof That We Consider Dogs to Be Family Members

Research focused on how we confuse the names of individuals shows that dogs are stored in the same portion of our memory as our family members.

Are There Really Lucky and Unlucky Pet Names?

Data from over a half-million pet insurance claims finds that some pet's names are more likely to be associated with accidents and mishaps

Dogs Hesitate More and Respond Less Well When You Are Upset

Your emotional state can cause your dog to hesitate or to execute your instructions less accurately.

Are You Killing Your Dog With Sweetness?

The FDA warns that a sweetener used in sugarless gum, candy, baked goods, toothpaste, and some nut butters can be life-threatening to dogs.

Does "Mother Love" Play a Role in Rearing Better Dogs?

Puppies that are not frequently touched by their mother may grow up to be more easily frightened and less sociable.

For Dogs It's "Of Course I'll Obey — If You're Watching Me!"

Studies show that how well dogs obey their owner's instructions depends upon how much attention they're receiving from their owner. The same is true for kids and their parents.

Are Dogs Who Live with Smokers More Likely to Get Cancer?

A variety of cancers that appear in dogs can be traced back to living in a household which includes cigarette smokers.

Can Dogs See in Ultraviolet?

Recent research suggests that dogs may see patterns in the ultraviolet that are invisible to humans.

The Data Says "Don't Hug the Dog!"

An analysis of photographs of people affectionately hugging their dogs shows that the majority of the dogs are experiencing stress and anxiety at that moment.

How the Visual Abilities of Dogs Change With Age

New data shows that vision in dogs changes with age, with a trend toward becoming significantly more nearsighted.

A Dog's Size and Head Shape Predicts Its Behavior

New data suggests that the behavioral tendencies of dogs can be predicted by their height, weight, and whether they have long or short skulls.

In Dog Attacks Is the Problem Bad Dogs or Bad Owners?

According to an Angus Reid survey public opinion is against banning specific breeds and tends to blame owners for bad dogs.

Are Dogs Purchased From Pet Stores More Aggressive?

Puppies bought from pet shops are more likely to develop owner directed aggression than those that come from breeders.

Should Trainers Tell Dogs When Their Behavior Is Wrong?

Should trainers tell dogs when their behavior is wrong as well as rewarding them for correct behavior?

Is There Something Special About Clicker Training for Dogs?

It may surprise you to find that so-called "clicker training" is not really a training method for dogs, but it may help you when you want to teach your pet.

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