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Dog Spies

Explore the science behind the dog in your bed

  • Can Dogs Finally Keep It Together This 4th of July?

    Can Dogs Finally Keep It Together This 4th of July?

    By Julie Hecht | 7 hours ago |

    You've seen The Onion’s hopeful headline, ‘Nation’s Dogs Vow To Keep Their Shit Together During 4th Of July Fireworks.’ That is unlikely, particularly if your dog has had trouble with big bangs in the past. “Our nation’s dogs” are unlikely to simply keep it together on their own accord, and not just because of the loud noise. […]

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  • Meet the Dog Research Group in Your Backyard

    Meet the Dog Research Group in Your Backyard

    By Julie Hecht | June 30, 2015 |

    "Who are these dogs?" That's what I used to wonder when I’d see a headline like: 'New Study Finds Dogs Actually Blabity Bla.' Who were the dogs behind the headline? Puppies? Like a gaggle of cute puppies? Were they purpose-bred dogs or lab dogs? […]

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  • Mail Your Dog's Poop, for Citizen Science

    Mail Your Dog's Poop, for Citizen Science

    By Julie Hecht | June 29, 2015 |

    Want to legally mail your dog’s poop? How about share your dog’s likes and dislikes? Citizen science makes it possible for anyone in the world to contribute to real scientific studies, and when it comes to dogs, your help is much needed. […]

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  • Tune Into #SPARCS2015: Get a Leg Up on the Latest Viral Dog Video

    By Julie Hecht | June 18, 2015 |

    Dogs do the darndest things… But then, so do people... What's going on? - Do dogs engage in ‘mental time travel’? Are they aware of their own past; can they imagine their future? - Do dogs learn from members of their own species, and even us? […]

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  • Can Dog Bite Prevention Actually Prevent Dog Bites?

    Can Dog Bite Prevention Actually Prevent Dog Bites?

    By Julie Hecht | June 14, 2015 |

    Wear your seat belt. Glop on sunscreen. Maybe you do these things even though you remember the “good ol’ days” when seat belts were optional, even though you dislike the feel of sunscreen (like yours truly), and even though there aren't any immediate, tangible benefits. […]

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  • This Dog Bite

    This Dog Bite "Fact" Could Get You In Trouble

    By Julie Hecht | May 26, 2015 |

    Mother’s Day, Father's Day, and Scurvy Awareness Day come only once a year, but I assume you don't neglect your mom and dad the other 364 days of the year, or that you stop appreciating oranges after May 2nd. The same can be said for Dog Bite Prevention Week ( #preventdogbites ), which arrives each May to promote safe interactions between dogs and people. […]

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  • Really, Canine Science is Open Access

    By Julie Hecht | April 28, 2015 |

    I’ve noticed a trend. Not everyone wants someone else’s interpretation of the latest canine science study. “I want to see the study’s methods myself, how the research was done, and who the subjects were before drawing any conclusions,” I see time and again on Facebook. […]

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  • The Guilty Looking Companion

    The Guilty Looking Companion

    By Julie Hecht | April 20, 2015 |

    Live with a dog, and you’ve probably met the “guilty look.” It all happens so fast — you come home, the plants are knocked over, soil is tracked all over the floor, and there’s the dog, frozen, averting gaze, and tail thumping. […]

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  • What You Don't Know About Your Dog's Nostrils

    What You Don't Know About Your Dog's Nostrils

    By Julie Hecht | March 31, 2015 |

    Nostrils. Your dog has them. Two of them actually. And you don’t give them any attention, do you? Sure, you might take your dog to the vet when you see gunk coming out of them, but on any given ho-hum day, you’re not giving your dog’s nostrils a second thought. […]

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  • Three Reasons Not to Leave a Dead Body on the Carpet

    Three Reasons Not to Leave a Dead Body on the Carpet

    By Julie Hecht | March 19, 2015 |

    "So many places to hide a dead body." That’s what my mom remembers thinking on her first drive cross country during honeymoon number one. Maybe this was a premonition of things to come — marriage number one was short-lived — or maybe this was the only observation a person holed up in Queens, New York could make when seeing the cornfields of Iowa for the first time. […]

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