Essential Reads

Pet Therapy for Your Love Life

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on November 28, 2016 in Cravings
Can your relationship with your dog, cat, or betta fish predict the success of your romantic relationships?

Why Do Dogs Have Tails?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on November 24, 2016 in Canine Corner
The dog's tail is not simply a signal flag conveying his mood. It has some other important purposes.

Prehistoric Languages… and Prehistoric Minds? Part II

The linguistic mind of our great, great [...] great grandparents

Do We Interpret Dog and Human Emotions in the Same Way?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on November 17, 2016 in Canine Corner
Recent data answers the question of whether the brain processes emotional expressions of humans and dogs in the same way.

More Posts on Animal Behavior

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 Ph.D., F.R.S.C. 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.

Pet Ownership Impact on Well-being Depends on Marital Status

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 a pet; single men appear burdened by one, regardless of age, education, income and kids.

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.

Chimpanzees Get by With a Little Help From Their Friends

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 17, 2016 in Animal Emotions
The Beatles claimed we get by with a little help from our friends, and recent research on wild chimpanzees shows this is so. Friends and family help to reduce social stress.

In Ralph Nader's New Book, Animals Speak for Themselves

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in Animal Emotions
In Ralph Nader's new book animals hold "The Great Talkout" and tell us what they want and need. In an interview with Mr. Nader he tells us about "Animal Envy" and much more.

Do Dogs Grieve Over the Loss of an Animal Companion?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on November 10, 2016 in Canine Corner
New data shows that dogs show grief and stress when they lose a companion animal from their household.

"Dead" or Just "Away"?

By Jessica Pierce Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in All Dogs Go to Heaven
A new study explores how often veterinarians observe behavioral changes in animals when a companion is euthanized.

Small Hands

By Laura Betzig Ph.D. on November 06, 2016 in The Political Animal
Sex in politics is as old as politics. And maybe as old as sex.

Journey: The True Story of the Most Famous Wolf in the West

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 04, 2016 in Animal Emotions
A new children's book about wolf OR7's 2000 mile trek is a must read for all. In it we read about a young girl's efforts help make OR7 “too famous to kill" and she was successful.

Videos of Kids Going Face-to-face With Dogs Set Bad Examples

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 03, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Videos of kids going face-to-face with dogs are cute but set bad examples of what could turn out to be bad news for the youngsters, their families, and of course the dog.

Happy Bees: Bumblebees Show Dopamine-Based Positive Emotions

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 03, 2016 in Animal Emotions
After eating a sugary treat, bumblebees displayed optimistic behavior. When dopamine was blocked, data suggest bees experienced a change in mood, not just increased energy.

Do Dogs Have Empathy for Other Dogs?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on November 02, 2016 in Canine Corner
New data shows that a dog who hears the whines and whimpers of another dog may empathize with its stress and try to provide comfort.

Jealousy In Animals and Envy in Humans

By Peter Toohey Ph.D. on October 29, 2016 in Annals of the Emotions
Jealousy is usually said to be a character flaw in humans and in animals. But is it? Could learning to be jealous simply be the reflection of a normal character type?

Farm to Fable: Examining the Culture of Animal Consumption

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 28, 2016 in Animal Emotions
In his book "Farm to Fable' Robert Grillo critically examines why the culture of eating other animals and animal products exists despite the availability of numerous alternatives.

Does Mood Shift Depend on Cognition...or Behavior?

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on October 27, 2016 in The Dolphin Divide
Thinking versus doing: A new study indicates effects on mood control.

Is There a Physical Basis to the Notion of "Spirit"?

By Liane Gabora Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Mindbloggling
The feeling bears leave you with has little to do with how smart they are, or their demeanor. It’s more a sense of the essential life force they emanate from, corny as that sounds.

Lab Chimpanzees Headed to Sanctuary Despite Lobbying Efforts

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Animal Emotions
A disturbing dispute is brewing over the retirement of laboratory chimpanzees to Chimp Haven because of resistance by the National Association for Biomedical Research.

For the Love of a Ball: Dogs as Conservation Biologists

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Dogs have been a great benefit for helping conservation biologists and they enjoy the work. Here is an fascinating interview with Pete Coppolillo of Working Dogs for Conservation.

What Dogs Do After Training Affects How Much They Remember

Data shows that adding a play session after training can improve a dogs memory and performance by 40%.

Canine PTSD

By Nicholas Dodman on October 25, 2016 in Dog Days
If a dog has a dysfunctional or traumatic past, it may set him or her up for C-PTSD when confronted by some terrifying, life threatening event

Homo Denialus: Mice Aren't Animals, Climate Change Is Real

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 25, 2016 in Animal Emotions
How can we easily deny anything we choose to oppose? Some who claim climate change is real deny the fact that mice and rats are animals.

Secret Service Dogs: How Their Work Is Vital to Our Safety

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 23, 2016 in Animal Emotions
A new book called "Secret Service Dogs: The Heroes Who Protect the President of the United States" explains how these hidden heroes serve to protect presidents and us.

"State of the Animals 2016": An Interview With Ralph Nader

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 23, 2016 in Animal Emotions
In a radio interview Ralph Nader and I had an informed discussion about the cognitive and emotional lives of nonhuman animals and how we use them in various human-centered venues.

Tools for Managing the Aggressive Dog

The owner of an aggressive dog needs a comprehensive treatment plan to address the problem. Several tools will help keep people (and other dogs) safe in the meantime.

Your Amygdala May House Both Positive and Negative Memories

By Christopher Bergland on October 17, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Positive and negative memories may be housed in specific regions of the amygdala, according to a new mice study. These findings offer many clues for overcoming negativity and fear.