Dog Spies

Dog Spies

Explore the science behind the dog in your bed

  • 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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  • Dog of the Dead: The Science of Canine Cadaver Detection

    Dog of the Dead: The Science of Canine Cadaver Detection

    By Julie Hecht | March 9, 2015 |

    There are many reasons to seek help from a dog trainer, and Cat Warren confronted almost all of them when a new puppy came barreling into her life. Even a seasoned dog person like Warren wasn’t prepared for Solo. Born to a litter of one, Solo hadn’t learned many of the things that a dog in a litter of many would pick up, like bite inhibition. […]

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  • This Month, Step Inside the Dog's Nose

    This Month, Step Inside the Dog's Nose

    By Julie Hecht | March 8, 2015 |

    Even from a block away, I could tell the dog was having a Best Day Ever moment. The dog walked with the bounce of newly melted snow, birds chirp-chirping, and a warm breeze pouring new smells from the street's nooks and crannies. Spring has finally descended on New York City, and this dog is eating it up. […]

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  • Do Spayed and Neutered Dogs Get Cancer More Often?

    Do Spayed and Neutered Dogs Get Cancer More Often?

    By Jessica P. Hekman | February 25, 2015 |

    Where I live, in America, it's taken for granted that responsible owners spay or neuter their dogs. The population of homeless animals is still large enough that risking an unwanted litter is, to many owners, unthinkable. And spay/neuter is just what people do . […]

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  • Why Some Dogs Hate Snow

    Why Some Dogs Hate Snow

    By Julie Hecht | February 10, 2015 |

    As we discussed last time, there are many reasons why dogs love snow , but then… You look down at your own dog. A wonderful companion. Loved and loving. But not a lover of snow. It’s true; not all dogs want to nose dive ( again and again ) into white winter powder. […]

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  • Why Do Dogs Love Snow?

    Why Do Dogs Love Snow?

    By Julie Hecht | January 27, 2015 |

    Allie Brosh, Hyperbole and a Half Yesterday, East Coasters prepared for the blizzard of the century. I learned of the storm’s potential severity while at the supermarket — all the bread was gone. All of it. Why bread? Do people just sit at home chomping on bread during snow days? […]

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