Is Emotional Attachment to Dogs a Modern Development?

Recent paleontological analysis shows that humans had an emotional bond to dogs as far back as the early Stone Age

Additional Evidence on the Dangers of Raw Diets for Dogs

While raw meat based diets are becoming popular for dogs, new evidence shows that feeding dogs raw chicken leads to a massive increase in their risk of a serious paralytic disease

Why Some Dogs Have Floppy Ears and Wolves Don't

Floppy ears are virtually never found in wild animals, however a new theory shows that they are an unintended by-product of our domestication of dogs

Which Dogs Eat Poop and Why Do They Do It?

Poop eating behavior in dogs may have begun as an attempt to keep the den area clean. It is a difficult behavior to change.

Can Food Supplements Protect the Minds of Aging Dogs?

Old dogs can have a version of Alzheimer's disease and data suggests that this might be prevented by changing what they eat

Can Dogs Suffer From ADHD?

Dogs and human children share a number of mental characteristics and predispositions including the possibility of ADHD.

Do Therapy Dogs Suffer from Stress When They Are Working?

Worries that therapy dogs get stressed during treatment and intervention sessions appear to be unfounded.

Do Dogs Think About and Plan For the Future?

The scientific data is not clear, but there are hints.

Emotional Experiences Can Change the Nature of a Dog's Sleep

New data on the brain activity of sleeping dogs shows that the effect of emotional experiences on sleep is different for dogs and people.

Compared to Humans, How Good Is a Dog's Visual Acuity?

Recent data shows that the visual acuity of humans is several times better than that of dogs under most light conditions.

Are Dogs Really Smarter Than Cats?

A look at their brain structure might help answer the question.

Do Dogs Respond More Accurately to Words or Gestures?

Voice commands and hand signals are not equally effective when directing a dog's behavior.

Which Breeds of Dogs Are Best for Your Health?

New data not only shows that dog ownership provides substantial health benefits, but also that some breeds have a more substantial positive impact.

Are Dogs Insanely Friendly Because of Their Genetics?

A genetic abnormality which causes extreme friendliness in people also causes the friendliness we observe in dogs.

Why People Sometimes Care More About Dogs Than Humans

People are often more disturbed when a dog is a victim of abuse than when the victim is a human being.

The Best Relief for Stress in Children May Be a Dog

New data suggests that we should think about prescribing dogs instead of Prozac or Valium to treat stress in children

Dogs Smell Your Emotional State and It Affects Their Mood

It is widely believed that dogs can recognize the scent of human fear and they react hostility to it. New data tests this idea.

Why Do Dogs Have Cold, Wet Noses?

A dog's wet nose can improve his scenting ability but it also does more than that.

Does Raising a Dog's Excitement Level Improve Performance?

Attempting to generate higher levels of motivation and excitement may be detrimental to the performance of some dogs based upon their personality or temperament.

Why Is a Dog Combative and Aggressive toward Other Dogs?

Recent research shows that the balance between two common hormones may account for aggressive behaviors in some dogs.

Can Vaccinations Cause Autism in Dogs?

People who choose not to vaccinate their dogs for rabies don't recognize the risk that they are exposing their pets to.

Dogs Who Live with Smokers May Suffer from Premature Aging

Biomarkers show that living in a home with a tobacco smoker prematurely ages dogs at a cellular level

Should You Let Your Dog Sleep in Bed With You?

A new study offers guidance on the choice to snuggle up with a favorite canine.

Just How Happy Is Your Dog? It May Take a Quick Eye to Know

Data indicates that quick, subtle, micro-expressions on a dog's face can indicate its emotional state

Can Dogs Detect Ghosts, Spirits, or Hallucinations?

Whether dogs can sense the presence of ghosts or spirits is ambiguous; however, they can be trained to alert to their owner's hallucinations.

Do Adult Dogs Still Recognize Their Mothers?

Does the emotional link between a canine mother and her puppies carry over into their adulthood?

Does "Tough Love" Produce Better Working Dogs?

Puppies with overly attentive mothers have poorer problem-solving abilities and are less likely to succeed as service dogs.

What Makes a Dog Notice a Person

Is it the sight of you, the sounds you make, or your scent that is most likely to make a dog aware that you are nearby?

Are Dog-Loving Millennials Driving House Prices Up?

More millennials are listing dogs as the biggest factor in their home buying decisions, ahead of marriage and children.

Have Dogs Specifically Evolved to Eat Bread and Pasta?

Do dogs benefit from a raw meat diet? While wolves are genetically programmed to eat meat, dogs have genes that allow them to digest carbohydrates.

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