The Chemistry of Dogs and People

A story about a dog, a chemistry laboratory, and a professor, that occured on "International Take Your Dogs to Work Day."

Rover to the Rescue: The First Canine Movie Star

In 1905 a silent film starred a fictional dog named Rover in a movie where the clever dog rescued a kidnapped baby. The popularity of that film made the name Rover the generic name for all dogs. Here is a chance for you to see that original 6 ½ minute blockbuster film and its hilarious sequel.

How Dogs Bark in Different Languages

Woof-woof, or bow-wow don't work as the sound of a dog's barking in many languages other than English. If you want to know how a dog barks in Chinese, Hebrew, Polish and more than 60 other languages you should look at this list.

How Do You Say Dog

A collection of more than 250 ways to say 'dog' in a large number of modern languages such as German and Spanish as well as many ancient, esoteric and rare languages ranging from Ancient Egyptian to American Sign Language.

Your Dog Watches You and Interprets Your Behavior

New research shows that dogs, like human children, look at the behavior of their human caretakers in order to gather information to try to understand situations that are ambiguous or potentially problematic.

The President and the Sheltie

President Coolidge received a Shetland Sheepdog as a gift, and it was this dog which popularized these small collies in America. However his Sheltie would not be acceptable in the conformation ring of a dog show by today’s standards for the breed.

Is It Safe to Ship Dogs or Cats by Air?

A new analysis of U.S. Department of Transportation statistics shows that the safety of your pets when traveling in the baggage compartment of passenger airplanes varies depending upon the airline used.

How Many Dogs Are There In the World?

It is possible to estimate the number of dogs on the planet today, and even though our estimate is conservative, the canine population is larger than you might think.

Science Looks at Why and How Wet Dogs Shake

New data shows that dogs evolved mechanisms that allow them to shake nearly 70 percent of the water from their fur in about 4 seconds. It is a matter of survival, but it also depends on the size of the dog.

No More Dancing or Silly Costumes for Dogs?

The Kennel Club of the UK feels that some dance moves are dangerous for dogs and should be banned. It also believes that costumes demean dogs and should be outlawed to protect dogs from feeling shame or embarrassment.

What Shape Is Your Dog's Ear?

A pictorial glossary of the various shapes of dog's ears and the labels that dog breeders use to describe them.

Rank and Dominance Matter When Trying to Teach Dogs

Dogs are only willing to believe what they learn from those that they consider to be their equals or superiors in rank, and are likely to dismiss communications and information from those they consider to be their inferiors.

Dogs Versus Humans in the Olympic Games

If dogs competed in Olympic track and field events, they would win most of the races, however in the jumping events humans have a better chance.

Hearing in Colors: Your Dog’s Coat Color Predicts His Hearing Ability

Research shows that the color of a dog's fur, and even the color of the eyes of the dog’s parents, can predict how well that dog can hear.

Does Your Dog's Name Affect How People Think of Him?

New data shows that dogs with tough or threatening names are more likely to have their behaviors interpreted by observers as being dangerous or aggressive.

Dogs Recognize Generous Versus Selfish People

When watching human social exchanges dogs seem to learn who is generous and who is selfish and the dogs appear to expect that they will be treated the same way as humans in similar interactions.

Dog Philosophy 101: What Dogs Teach Us About Life

The wit and wisdom of our dogs can enlighten our lives and perhaps make us smile.

Canine Empathy: Your Dog Really Does Care If You Are Unhappy

Recent research demonstrates that dogs have empathy and recognize when humans are emotionally distressed. Their response is an attempt to comfort the unhappy person as best they can.

Is Your Dog Potentially Aggressive?

The signals that indicate that a dog may be becoming aggressive often go unnoticed by the dog’s owner.

Should Governments Tax Puppy Love?

A recent proposed Italian tax on domestic "animals of affection" was reversed because of public outcry. In Britain, a tax on dogs resulted in a new breed of sheepdog.

Is Punishment an Effective Way to Change the Behavior of Dogs?

In much the same way that data shows that spanking human children leads to aggression and acting out later on, research shows that punishing dogs to control their behavior leads to an increase in canine aggression.

Religious Rituals and Dog Abuse: The Bizaare Case of Dog Spinning

In antiquity dogs were sacrificed to appease the goddess Hecate, and despite the rise of Christianity similar abusive rituals are still in practice in some places today.

Can Dogs Predict Earthquakes?

A serendipitous set of observations seems to suggest that dogs can hear high-frequency sounds from seismic activities and this allows them predict earthquakes hours before they occur.

Are Dogs Trying to Communicate When They Yawn?

When a dog yawns, it may mean that he is under stress or that he is using it as a signal to try to calm a stressful situation.

When the Ethical Treatment of Animals Goes Wrong

Official records from Virginia’s Department of Agriculture show that PETA’s animal shelter in Norfolk kills 95% of animals entrusted to its care, and finds adoptive homes for less than 1%. Is this ethical?

Do Dogs Have a Musical Sense?

Dogs do appreciate specific styles of music, however, contrary to what many people believe, a dog howling along with music does not represent a canine attempt to sing.

The Politics of Pet Dogs and Kennel Crates

A campaign suggesting that the use of kennel crates for dogs is "animal abuse" is not supported by scientific evidence. Rather it appears to be a deliberate publicity strategy used by organizations that are against keeping pets as companions.

The Heroic Dog on the Titanic

Four dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic including Rigel, a Newfoundland dog owned by William Murdoch, the first officer. This dog is credited with helping rescue the passengers in lifeboat 4.

Politicians and Their Dogs: The Good, the Bad, and the Media

Mitt Romney is just one of a long line of politicians who have learned that their relationship to their family dogs can affect their reputation with the press and the public.

Long Tails Versus Short Tails and Canine Communication

New research involving a robotic dog interacting with real dogs confirms that dogs with short or docked tails are treated negatively by other dogs. This is because the absence of a visible tail limits a dog’s communication ability.