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    Julie Hecht Julie Hecht is a canine behavioral researcher and science writer in New York City. She would really like to meet your dog. Follow on Twitter @DogSpies.
  • Don’t Sell Your Dog Short

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    In 1996, veteran dog trainer Jean Donaldson picked a fight with Walt Disney. Donaldson begins her book Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Dogs by explaining that people continue to buy into a made-up, Walt Disney version of dogs. According to Disney, the dog “is very intelligent, has [...]

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    What Should I Feed My Dog?

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    How wonderful if you could pose this question just once in your dog’s life and receive a perfect answer that would last a lifetime. Imagine if there were a ‘right’ formula, and once you know it, you could feed your dog forever and ever on the same exquisite diet. Your dog, in return, would be [...]

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    Dog Farts Blow Up Building

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    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? Read here to find out. ~~~ Image: ‘I’m gassy and I know it‘ used with permission: Tyler Gildin and Elite Daily. References Motupalli P (2013) [...]

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    3 Ways Dogs Have Been ‘Consciously Uncoupling’ Way Before Gwyneth

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    Some people get divorced. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin ‘consciously uncouple.’ Fine. I don’t know exactly what that means (and neither do you), but here’s my take on how dogs have been ‘consciously uncoupling’ way before Gwyneth and Chris even met: 1) Butt Sniffing Humans greet with handshakes and hugs, while dogs greet with head-to-head [...]

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    Dog Destroys Humanity in World War Z

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    One of my earliest ‘grownup’ gifts was the Dawn of the Dead box set, so I was a happy camper to find myself on recent flights to and from San Francisco sitting next to people watching World War Z. Watching the movie over someone’s shoulder without the suspenseful music helped me notice a few things [...]

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    Is DOGTV Right for Our Nation’s Dogs?

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    For people who don’t understand this whole companion dog thing, I can imagine DOGTV being the tip of the ‘I can’t believe how crazy dog people are’ iceberg. “Julie, have you heard about this thing called DOGTV?” “Dog TV?” “Yes. An entire TV station for dogs. Like HBO, but for dogs. What’s next? Story time [...]

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    February Dog Roundup (Brains, an Identity Crisis, Undrinkables and More)

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    February might be a short month, but like every month, it was packed with a healthy dose of dog studies and dog news. In case you were hibernating, working, catching up on a good book (or True Detective!), taking care of a sick loved one or just not reading dog news, here’s what you should [...]

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    Why Owners Drive Veterinarians Crazy But Not Me

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    Here’s why I love what I do. I took courses at the The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and I regularly attend veterinary conferences (particularly AVSAB and AVMA), but I am not a veterinarian. My Masters in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare was housed at The University of Edinburgh’s Vet School, and many [...]

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    Well That Stinks! Reporters Blow Cow Farts Out Of Proportion

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    Apparently cows are terrorists too. Last month, journalists reported—in what can only be described as a “chicken-run” scenario of cows plotting their big escape—that a herd of dairy cows in central Germany caused an explosion in their housing facility. Police failed to thwart the plan, as the explosion seemed to be caused by flatulence. Yes, [...]

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    What Do Dogs and Cows Have in Common?

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    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 [...]

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