Essential Reads

Do Psychiatric Service Dogs Really Help Veterans with PTSD?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Animals and Us
A new study by researchers at Purdue University offers the first empirical evidence that veterans with PTSD benefit from having a psychiatric service dog.

Companion Animals Help People with Mental Health Problems

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 10, 2018 in Animal Emotions
A review of 17 international research papers studied the extent, nature, and quality of the evidence that living with a companion animal had positive, negative, or neutral impacts.

Dogs and Guilt: We Simply Don't Know

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 09, 2018 in Animal Emotions
An widely-circulated essay misleads readers to think dogs don't feel guilt. While we may not accurately read their guilt, we don't know what they feel.

Additional Evidence on the Dangers of Raw Diets for Dogs

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on February 06, 2018 in Canine Corner
While raw meat based diets are becoming popular for dogs, new evidence shows that feeding dogs raw chicken leads to a massive increase in their risk of a serious paralytic disease

More Posts on Animal Behavior

Why Not Alpha?

Does your dog bite, snarl or snap at you, despite your most devoted love and affection? Are you worried you may have an “alpha” dog?

How to Give Dogs the Best Lives Possible in a Human World

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 08, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Researchers and trainers weigh in on how to make the world better for dogs. Repeated themes include letting dogs be dogs, knowing dog behavior, and using positive training.

Punishment-Based Dog Training a Risk Factor for Euthanasia?

By Jessica Pierce Ph.D. on December 06, 2017 in All Dogs Go to Heaven
Why do some dogs with behavioral problems wind up being euthanized or relinquished, while others are able to successfully stay in their home?

How "Pet-tie" Are Dogs? What About Goldfish and Lizards?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on December 05, 2017 in Animals and Us
Our concepts of animal "pet-ness" raise ethical issues and have implications for the unconditional love theory of pet-keeping.

His Hormones Made Him Do It.... Or Not

What do we really know about hormones and sexual harassment?

Snakes in the Toilet!

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on December 01, 2017 in Fighting Fear
When Freudian nightmares become real.

Why Giving Up Sometimes Makes Sense

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on November 30, 2017 in The Dolphin Divide
Quitting for now can mean winning later on. Giving up to conserve energy can sometimes be our best and smartest option for the moment.

Can Dogs Tell Us We're Angry When We Don't Know We Are?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Dogs mouth-lick when they see angry human faces, but not when they hear angry voices. Might these data help therapists working with people who aren't in touch with their feelings?

Dogs Are Brainier Than Cats, But Are They Really Smarter?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 29, 2017 in Animal Emotions
New research shows dogs have more cortical neurons than cats, but what does this really mean?

How a Man's Best Friend Is More Than Just a Companion

Dog therapy may make the world a better place, one lick at a time.

Animal Welfare Fails Many Millions of Sentient Individuals

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 27, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A recent essay in the L. A. Times about the horrific lives of Thanksgiving turkeys shows why the science of animal welfare needs to be replaced by the science of animal well-being.

Animal Research

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on November 26, 2017 in Adaptive Behavior
Can research with animals advance human psychology? How trustworthy is a conservative commentator?

A Solution to The Biggest Mystery You've Learned to Ignore

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 in Ambigamy
You've probably never thought to ask even though it's the question behind all your big questions: What is trying and how did it start?
Photo courtesy of Dr. Colleen Koch DACVB

The True Cost of a Nail Trim

This procedure often is more touch-and-go than you think. Let’s talk about why you should bring basic dog care back home where your friend is most comfortable.

Animals Aren't Sentient and Can't Feel Pain, Tories Claim

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in Animal Emotions
The inane claim that animals are unfeeling beings counters a vast amount of science and opens the door for horrific abuse. Let's stop pretending and lying to ourselves and others.

Chimps Seem to Know What Others Know—So Do Dogs at Play

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Chimps alter alarm calls and seem to know what others know about possible danger.

Are Dogs Insanely Friendly Because of Their Genetics?

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on November 16, 2017 in Canine Corner
A genetic abnormality which causes extreme friendliness in people also causes the friendliness we observe in dogs.

Happy National Slobber Appreciation Day: Let Dogs Enjoy It

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Slobbering is good for dogs—and their humans.

Compassionate Conservation Matures and Comes of Age

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Among the major goals of compassionate conservation (CC) is taking killing off the table. Conservation is a moral pursuit and as such CC focuses on individual well-being.

Do Animals Have Emotions? A Debate

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Hot Thought
The legitimacy of the argument that non-human animals have emotions is debated by an advocate and a skeptic.

Do Tidy Households Have Fewer Bugs?

Cleaning sure has its benefits. But does cleaning impact the the diversity of bug biomes in homes?

Requiem For Leon, A Cat

By Isadora Alman MFT, CST on November 11, 2017 in Sex & Sociability
Even a cat, especially a well loved one, deserves a public obituary,

Pets and the Pregnant Woman

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on November 10, 2017 in The Pregnant Pause
Is an animal companion an asset or a liability for an expectant couple?

Sheep Discriminate Faces, So What's In It For the Sheep?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Sheep display "surprising" cognitive skills. This discovery is related to human diseases from which sheep don't usually suffer. Should transgenic sheep be created to learn more?

Dogs Can Promote Friendliness Just By Hanging Out

By John Bradshaw Ph.D. on November 08, 2017 in Pets and Their People
"Pet magic" seems to work even when the animal is just there in the room.

Shark Attacks: Myths, Misunderstandings, and Human Fear

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 08, 2017 in Animal Emotions
An interview with Blake Chapman, author of a new and important book that portrays sharks as who they truly are.

Dogs Smell Human Fear and Mirror Our Mood When They Do

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 07, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A recent study shows what many have "known" about the power of a dog's nose and its ability to detect what we're feeling. New data show dogs smell human fear and also get scared.

The Link Between Violence Toward Nonhuman Animals and Humans

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Animal Emotions
The tragic church shooting in Texas is another example of the well-known link between violence toward nonhumans and violence toward humans. More data are sorely needed.

Cows: Science Shows They're Bright and Emotional Individuals

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A detailed review dispels harmful myths that ignore who cows truly are. A.K.A. steak, burgers, beef, and veal, they have rich and deep cognitive and emotional lives, science shows.

The Dog, the Flame, and the Magic Circle

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Play in Mind
Unbidden ideas will lead you if you’re prepared to follow them.