In shows like Lassie, I was always impressed at the amount of information a dog was able to convey to a human: `What's that, Lassie? A little girl trapped in a building that you tried to reach but then couldn't owing to the fire that caught alight to the fence surrounding it?' I never owned [...]
The May/June cover is a first for Scientific American MIND in that it features our first non-human cover boy - a very handsome 5 year old Border Collie named Ten!
Dogs are particularly good at tasks that involve communicating or cooperating with humans, which has led some researchers to speculate that they are really good at solving social tasks, more generally.
As a regular reader, you might know that Tet Zoo has been going for over nine years now. I've written about a lot of stuff, I’ve been intrigued and enthused by a substantial number of animals and animal-themed topics, and I’ve been attracted to a variety of controversial ideas and claimed discoveries.
…and what can word-learning in dogs teach us about the evolution of language in humans? What is involved in the learning of a single new word?
Apparently cows are terrorists too. Last month, journalists reportedin what can only be described as a chicken-run scenario of cows plotting their big escapethat a herd of dairy cows in central Germany caused an explosion in their housing facility.
As we sat in my car outside a silent movie theater in Los Angeles, my friend anxiously opened a plastic bag containing a white T-shirt she’d slept in for the past three nights.
Halloween is a peculiar holiday, especially for dogs. We two-legged beings all look different, and what’s with the constant doorbell-ringing?
Aromatic chemicals released by dead bodies change at certain times, and this can help forensic scientists and train cadaver sniffing dogs
In a recent article over at Slate, I reviewed an astonishing new set of findings from Japan showing that subjects can correctly match people to their pets when given only a paucity of physical cues.
Are some dogs safe while others are not? A recent study finds this common belief is not spot on.
Boulder, CO better count its chickens and get its ducks in a row because the Animal Behavior Society is on its way! That’s right. This weekend, I’m off to the 50th Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society in Boulder, CO (Twitter/Facebook).
You love your dog. Does your dog love you back? Is the love that an owner feels for her dog reciprocated? That's the question that a group of Swedish and Danish researchers wanted to answer.
On the streets of Beijing, little old ladies coax even littler dogs to do their business. Some even bear the little plastic bags carried by civically conscious urbanite pet-lovers everywhere.
New research shows that humans and dogs have very similar voice-sensitive brain regions, which may help explain our intense bonds with these furry, four-legged friends
A sexually transmitted canine cancer has acquired almost two million mutations and is still going strong
We've all met dogs with a small head and large body who bear a striking resemblance to the people with shrunken heads from the movie Beetlejuice.
Well, not quite. But maybe they wrecked a few Dog Fart Suits. But did cow farts blow up a building in Germany? Or is that just an April Fools joke?
I meant to tell you this earlier. The Dog Spies tag line: ‘Explore the science behind the dog in your bed is actually short for Explore the science behind the dog in your bed and all the other animals we interact with and care for.’ You can see why brevity won, but this expanded [...]
Researchers examine how owners of this "outlaw" breed cope with unflattering stereotypes