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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
New data shows that we must consider not only how quickly a dog’s tail is moving, and the height he is carrying it, but also whether tail wags are biased to the right or left side if we want to understand a dog’s emotional state.
Thinking about dogs as if they have emotions, personality and consciousness, like humans do, is discouraged by many scientists who refer to this as anthropomorphism. Yet research suggests that this may be a useful way of looking at canine behavior.
Canine Corner contains varying postings which deal with the latest scientific findings about dog behavior and also with how humans relate to dogs. From time to time postings will deal with how different cultures, or historical periods dealt with dogs, and sometimes there will even be items that deal with lore of dogs in myth and legend. At other times, items in the news that relate to dogs will be discussed. In all the blog is meant to be both informative and entertaining.