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.

Why Do Some Puppies Go Limp When You Lift Them Up?

Puppies going limp when they are lifted is a fragment of behavior that once could have meant the difference between life and death in wild canines.

Do Dogs Love People More Than They Love Other Dogs?

When dogs become stressed they draw more comfort from the presence of their human caretaker than from another familiar dog.

Cell Phone Sniffing Dogs: A New Weapon Against High Tech Crime

Dogs can be taught to detect the cell phones and their components which criminals in prison use to continue to coordinate illegal activities and even to plan escapes.

The Most Popular Dog Names in the English Speaking World

Fido, Rover, Spot, Lassie and Snoopy are nowhere to be found in the top 50 lists of the most popular dog names in the U.S., UK, Canada and Australia.

What a Dog’s Tail Wags Really Mean: Some New Scientific Data

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.

The Art and Science of Naming a Dog

Dogs live in a sea of human language sounds and their name is the primary way that they have to sort out which of those sounds is directed toward them.

Is Anthropomorphism a Sin?

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.

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