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The psychology of human-animal interactions.
Hal Herzog Ph.D.
"Interspecific coprophagia Involving human excrement" may have played an important role in the evolution of dogs from wolves.
A new study examines the "caretaker burden" associated with loving and living with dogs and cats who have serious behavior problems.
An analysis of press coverage of "the pet effect" partially explains the mismatch between our beliefs about the impact of dogs and cats on human health and what the science says.
Do pets really save Americans nearly a billion dollars every year in obesity-related health care costs?
Incidents in which pets are killed by suicidal owners are probably going to increase dramatically.
People are flocking to animal shelters to adopt and foster dogs and cats. Here's what the science says about the connection between pets and loneliness.
Research on fads for dog breeds reveals surprising similarities between the spread of viral infections and the spread of rapid changes in cultural preferences.
Thanks to new representative national study, we know a lot more about the impact of sex, race, ethnicity, and money on human-pet relationships in the United States.
Many vegetarians and vegans are morally conflicted over the diets of their companion animals. Do plant-based dog and cat foods offer a solution to "the vegetarian's dilemma?"
The internet is rife with articles claiming that people who talk to their pets are smarter than people who do not. Is this a scientific fact or fake news?
Getting a pet is often recommended as a treatment for depression. But what does science say about the ability of a companion animal to chase away the blues?
The question of which animals we think of as meat is psychologically interesting as well as morally important.
Companion animals can reduce loneliness and stave off feelings of social rejection. Does this mean pet owners have lower rates of suicide?
A new study of 350,000 heart attack and stroke victims found lower odds of death in owners of purebred dogs but not mixed-breed or lap-dog breeds. The question is, why?
Extreme dog grooming, pet day spas, and canine beauty pageants reflect the blurred links between humans and animals in popular culture.
The skyrocketing use of emotional support animals raises serious animal welfare issues.
The results of three new studies on the relationship between cancer and pet ownership are good news for dog owners and men, but bad news for women who own cats or birds.
While it seems perverse today, in many cultures lactating women routinely breast-fed baby animals. What role did this practice play in the evolution of pet-keeping?
Why is an American four times more likely to live with dog than a person in Switzerland? And are there "cat nations" and "dog nations?"
A new study of identical and fraternal twins reveals surprising results about the influence of heredity and family on our relationships with dogs.
Therapy dogs are often seen in the corridors of hospitals these days. But do they belong in emergency rooms?
Both boys and girls become less attached to their pets as they enter adolescence. Is this the natural consequence of considering pets as family members?
It is difficult for most people to completely give up eating meat. But hundreds of millions of animals would be saved if everyone ate even one additional meatless meal a week.
Do people everywhere agree that autonomous vehicles should prioritize a human life—even if it means running over a dog or cat?
A randomized control trial found therapy dogs did not benefit children undergoing cancer treatments. But that is not what the press reported.
New airlines rules will mean fewer emotional support animals on planes but could improve animal welfare.
Recent large-scale studies have found that vegetarians and vegans are more likely to be depressed than omnivores.
Yale University researchers report that free play with therapy dogs enhances the well-being of stressed out kids.
Pet ownership may have some health benefits, but every year many thousands of people suffer severe injuries caused by tripping over dogs and cats.
Nowadays, more dogs are named "Charlie" or "Annie" than "Spot" or "Rover." The top 100 dog names tend to have three characteristics. How does your pet's name match up?
Hal Herzog, Ph.D., is the author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard To Think Straight About Animals.
Animals and Us focuses on the psychology and ethics of our relationships with members of other species.