Essential Reads


What Can 10,000-Pound Juvenile Delinquents Teach Us?

The elephant gangsters of Pilanesberg.

Why Be Tolerant? Lessons From Bonobos

By Lydia Denworth on November 10, 2017 in Brain Waves
Humans aren't the only species willing to help strangers for no benefit. Bonobos, one of our closest relatives, do it, too.

Why People Sometimes Care More About Dogs Than Humans

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on November 09, 2017 in Canine Corner
People are often more disturbed when a dog is a victim of abuse than when the victim is a human being.

Doping Scandal Imperils Iditarod Sled Dog Race

By Mark Derr on November 07, 2017 in Dog's Best Friend
Dogs have hauled people and their goods around the Arctic for thousands of year. The snowmobile and airplane have nearly rendered them obsolete, except for racing.

More Posts on Animal Behavior

Respecting Nonhuman Animals: A Thought Experiment

By Michael Tye, Ph.D. on January 07, 2017 in Genuinely Conscious
Ought we treat nonhuman animals with as much respect as we treat one another? Maybe not

Loveys, Stuffed Animals, and Pets

Ever wondered about the significance of a child's stuffed animal or blanket? And the qualities that make up this relationship? Ever had one yourself?

The World According to Intelligent and Emotional Chickens

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 03, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A new review article by Dr. Lori Marino called "Thinking chickens" clearly shows these birds are as cognitively, emotionally, and socially complex as many mammals, including dogs.

"If Dogs Truly Were Human They Would Be Jerks"

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 03, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Myths about dogs often become interpreted as truths. They're not. So-called truths, that counter facts, continue to misinform and mislead naive readers. Surely we can do better.

Training Dogs: Food is Fine and Your Dog Will Still Love You

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 31, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Using food to train dogs doesn't mean your dog is using you and doesn't really love you, so it's time to get over it. The dichotomy of food versus true love is ridiculous.

Is It a Marriage If...?

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on December 30, 2016 in The Dolphin Divide
Does human matrimony reflect our animal nature?

Doctor Dolittle: Animal Minds, Animal Rights, and Much More

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 29, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Hugh Lofting's book is a gold mine of information on human-animal relationships, animal cognition and emotions, and predictor of genetic engineering, animal jurors, and much more.

Bonking Without Bones: An Evolutionary Enigma

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on December 27, 2016 in How We Do It
New studies clarify the evolution of a "penis bone" in most primates—except humans.

Well-Endowed Males Lead to Big-Brained Female Fishes

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 25, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Sexual behavior may play a role in brain evolution.

Three Reasons Why Pets Are More Pampered Today

By Kit Yarrow Ph.D. on December 23, 2016 in The Why Behind the Buy
We spend twice as much money on our pets than we did a decade ago. Here's why.

Dogs, Dominance, Breeding, and Legislation: A Mixed Bag

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 22, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Dogs display dominance, as do other animals, but we should not dominate dogs when working with them. Dogs are receiving more legal protection but much more needs to be done.

Dog Ownership, Stress, and Finding Romance

Do dog lovers make better romantic partners?

Veterans For Wildlife: Helping Wildlife, Empowering Veterans

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 20, 2016 in Animal Emotions
This African organization aims to stop wildlife crime and empower veterans. Their work is highly relevant to conservation psychology, anthrozoology, and animal-assisted therapy.

How Much Wolf Is in Your Dog's Behavior?

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on December 19, 2016 in Canine Corner
Data shows that older dog breeds, that is those that evolved earlier from wolves, show less affection and attachment to human beings.

Inmates, Animals, and Art: Creative Expressions of Hope

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 17, 2016 in Animal Emotions
In my Roots & Shoots class at the Boulder County Jail students do amazing artwork that are expressions of trust, hope, and their connections to animals and other nature.

My Basket of Hope I: BeaRtrice, Oscar, and Asian Moon Bears

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 15, 2016 in Animal Emotions
We are living in an epoch I call "the rage of inhumanity. Thinking about the plight and recovery of bile bears in China adds to my "basket of hope" for future generations.

Mourning a Canine Companion

By Mark Derr on December 14, 2016 in Dog's Best Friend
William Harris memorializes his dead friend.

Social Comparison: Don’t Let It Ruin Your Holiday

Social comparison often triggers cortisol, which taints a good life with a bad threatened feeling. Fortunately, you can re-direct this natural impulse. Here's how.

Raising a Wild Child: A New Film From the Born Wild Project

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Animal Emotions
A new film by an "estrogen powerhouse" shows that free time in nature teaches youngsters independence, physical coordination, problem solving, and important social and play skills.

Lab Rat's Pinker and Relaxed Ears Tell Us They're Feeling OK

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in Animal Emotions
New research shows there are facial indicators of positive emotions in rats. We are obliged to pay attention to these signs and use them on an individual's behalf.

Does Stress Cause Premature Graying in Dogs?

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on December 07, 2016 in Canine Corner
New data shows that dogs suffering from anxiety and stress will show graying hairs on their face prematurely


By Laura Betzig Ph.D. on December 04, 2016 in The Political Animal
Fidel Castro has been laid to rest. His words, and his descendants, live on.

Older Dogs: Giving Elder Canines Lots of Love and Good Lives

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Photographer Jane Klonsky's new book called "Unconditional: Older Dogs, Deeper Love," with its deeply moving stories and beautiful photos, is an inspirational and essential read.

Helen Keller and the First Akitas in the United States

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on November 30, 2016 in Canine Corner
Helen Keller, the deaf blind social activist, speaker, and author, is credited with bringing the first Akitas to America.

Who Benefits the Most From Having a Pet?

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 30, 2016 in Life, Refracted
Pet ownership is unrelated to well-being in married Americans. Single women benefit from having a pet, yet single men appear to be burdened by it.

Dogs Remember More Than You Think

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 24, 2016 in Animal Emotions
A new study shows dogs display episodic memory and remember far more than we give them credit for. While many people already "knew" this, it's nice to have the science back us up.

White House Turkey Pardon Confuses President: Humane-Washing

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 22, 2016 in Animal Emotions
The traditional White House pardon of a single turkey and Temple Grandin's "stairway to heaven" on which food cows stumble at the end of their lives are confusing feel good scams.

Should You Tread on That Bee?

By Michael Tye, Ph.D. on November 22, 2016 in Genuinely Conscious
Walking along the path to your house, you see a honeybee crawling along the ground in front of you. Is there anything wrong with your deliberately treading on it?

Why We Choose the Words We Use

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on November 21, 2016 in The Dolphin Divide
Can psychology restore your linguistic options? Or are trendy words and phrases destined for the junk heap?

Stairways to Heaven, Temples of Doom, and Humane-Washing

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 17, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Around Thanksgiving it seems as if people do more soul-searching about who they eat because advertisements show that many millions of birds, pigs, and cows die for our meal plans.