Our Dogs, Ourselves

Why do we love our dogs so much? And how does the relationship serve us? Cover Image: Pekic

How a Pet Can Sharpen Your Mindfulness Skills

By Toni Bernhard J.D.
My dog is my mindfulness guide. He doesn’t ruminate about the past. He doesn’t worry about the future. His attention to the present moment isn’t distracted by negative self-talk, such as, “I’m wasting my life lying at the front window all day.”

3 Surprising but True Facts About Pets and Their Owners

By Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
It's a suburban legend that dogs and their owners look and act alike.I have certainly seen my share of heavyset Bulldog owners and blonde, coifed women walking Bouviers, but then again, my brain was primed to look for similarities. Read here for the latest science about pet-owner similarities and how pets help our health.

What's With the Cat?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D.
What does rub me the wrong way is the interpretation that singles have pets as "compensation" for not having a spouse. Why do I so rarely hear an entirely different and more plausible explanation - that single people who have cats have them because they like them? Because they are caring people who love animals and would want to have pets in their lives regard

The Hound of Hell: Helping A Dog To Behave

By Nancy Darling Ph.D.
It was a bad cycle.  Zoe would mess on the floor when she was anxious.  When we went out, Zoe was scared that we'd be mad when we got home because she had messed on the floor.  So what happened?  She'd mess on the floor.

Unauthorized Entry?

By Seth Slater M.F.A.
You’ve got to respect the work ethic of a guard dog who’s never off duty. Problem is, how do you unplug such a dedicated guardian of homeland security when you want a little shut-eye? Shh, don’t tell: I’m training my neighbors’ dog—on the sly.

The Wonderful World of ‘Woof’ and Other Animal Pals

By Victoria Maxwell
Our 12 yr old Doberman Lab, Cosmo with silly smiles, a relaxed disposition, who snores while he sleeps, has a big bark and absolutely no bite, is a major part of my ‘personal medicine’ arsenal that helps maintain my mental health.

In Dog We Trust

By Peg O'Connor Ph.D.
Can a dog’s death prompt a human to think about immortal souls?

10 Reasons Dogs Make the Best Therapists

By Tina Gilbertson LPC, DCC
Dogs are natural-born therapists. They have a Zen-like ability to stay centered (except in the presence of squirrels) and are masters of non-judgment. Also, they have a cute way of tilting their heads when they listen to you. How many therapists do you know who do that?

Do Dog People and Cat People Differ in Terms of Dominance?

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC
New data suggests that dog people and cat people are selecting their preferred pets because they complement their own personality

RIP Beloved Benji

By Clive D. L. Wynne Ph.D.
How people in the past cared for their dogs is often lost to history, but one strong sign of a loving relationship is the care people took in burying their dogs. I have seen dog burials from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in London, but also from 12,000 years ago in what is today Israel. These show how people of the past loved their dogs.

Who Participates in Dog-sporting Events and Why?

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC
Research shows that winning is not everything when it comes to dog-sports.

Why Feelings Will Always Beat Facts

By Douglas Van Praet
New research reveals what really influences us (and it's not what we think).