Are Dogs Really Smarter Than Cats?

A look at their brain structure might help answer the question.

Do Dogs Respond More Accurately to Words or Gestures?

Voice commands and hand signals are not equally effective when directing a dog's behavior.

Which Breeds of Dogs Are Best for Your Health?

New data not only shows that dog ownership provides substantial health benefits, but also that some breeds have a more substantial positive impact.

Are Dogs Insanely Friendly Because of Their Genetics?

A genetic abnormality which causes extreme friendliness in people also causes the friendliness we observe in dogs.

Why People Sometimes Care More About Dogs Than Humans

People are often more disturbed when a dog is a victim of abuse than when the victim is a human being.

The Best Relief for Stress in Children May Be a Dog

New data suggests that we should think about prescribing dogs instead of Prozac or Valium to treat stress in children

Dogs Smell Your Emotional State and It Affects Their Mood

It is widely believed that dogs can recognize the scent of human fear and they react hostility to it. New data tests this idea.

Why Do Dogs Have Cold, Wet Noses?

A dog's wet nose can improve his scenting ability but it also does more than that.

Does Raising a Dog's Excitement Level Improve Performance?

Attempting to generate higher levels of motivation and excitement may be detrimental to the performance of some dogs based upon their personality or temperament.

Why Is a Dog Combative and Aggressive toward Other Dogs?

Recent research shows that the balance between two common hormones may account for aggressive behaviors in some dogs.

Can Vaccinations Cause Autism in Dogs?

People who choose not to vaccinate their dogs for rabies don't recognize the risk that they are exposing their pets to.

Dogs Who Live with Smokers May Suffer from Premature Aging

Biomarkers show that living in a home with a tobacco smoker prematurely ages dogs at a cellular level

Should You Let Your Dog Sleep in Bed With You?

A new study offers guidance on the choice to snuggle up with a favorite canine.

Just How Happy Is Your Dog? It May Take a Quick Eye to Know

Data indicates that quick, subtle, micro-expressions on a dog's face can indicate its emotional state

Can Dogs Detect Ghosts, Spirits, or Hallucinations?

Whether dogs can sense the presence of ghosts or spirits is ambiguous; however, they can be trained to alert to their owner's hallucinations.

Do Adult Dogs Still Recognize Their Mothers?

Does the emotional link between a canine mother and her puppies carry over into their adulthood?

Does "Tough Love" Produce Better Working Dogs?

Puppies with overly attentive mothers have poorer problem-solving abilities and are less likely to succeed as service dogs.

What Makes a Dog Notice a Person

Is it the sight of you, the sounds you make, or your scent that is most likely to make a dog aware that you are nearby?

Are Dog-Loving Millennials Driving House Prices Up?

More millennials are listing dogs as the biggest factor in their home buying decisions, ahead of marriage and children.

Have Dogs Specifically Evolved to Eat Bread and Pasta?

Do dogs benefit from a raw meat diet? While wolves are genetically programmed to eat meat, dogs have genes that allow them to digest carbohydrates.

How Good Is a Dog's Ability to Remember People?

There are suggestions that dogs can remember and may recognize particular people even after years of separation.

Do Dogs and Cats Have the Same Emotional Responses?

Although both cats and dogs show basic emotions, new data suggests that cats are less likely to show complex emotions than dogs.

Who Gives a Dog a Command and How It Is Given Matters

Dogs respond differently to hand signals and voice commands, and who is giving the commands also matters.

High Temperatures Raise the Risk of Aggression in Dogs

Data has shown that for humans the tendency toward aggression increases as the outside temperature goes up, and now data confirms that the same is true for dogs.

Aggression and Fear Can Be Reduced in Specific Dog Breeds

New data provides a possible alternative to breed-specific legislation to control aggression and fearfulness in dogs.

Dog Obedience Trials Began Because of Poodles and a Farmer

A woman's desire to prove that Poodles were not stupid useless dogs ultimately gave birth to modern dog obedience trials

What Are Canine Calming Signals and Do They Work?

New data shows that of 30 different cataloged calming signals in dogs, some of them do, in fact, reduce the level of aggression in dogs that see them.

Dogs Steal in the Dark

Dogs can recognize what we are paying attention to and what we are likely able to see. They then can take advantage of that situation to steal or do things that they shouldn't

Can You Understand the Different Types of Dog Growls?

Not all dog growls are equivalent. Particular sound components determine how we interpret any growl.

How Important Is Your Dog in Your Family and Social Life?

New data shows just how significant a part of our social and family lives our dogs have become.

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