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Dog Spies

Explore the science behind the dog in your bed

Dog-Eared Reading (Volume 1)

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I recently saw a clip of Neil Patrick Harris hosting the 2013 Emmys. He was doing a bit about Google Glass and said he was watching an episode of American Horror Story on his contacts while hosting the show. And then, mid-sentence, he freaked out (1min 44sec)! Understandable; there’s a lot to freak out about in that show.

I don’t watch American Horror Story, but I identify with Mr. Harris because that’s how I feel every day. But about dogs.

Every morning, I sit down at my computer with my dog-related To-Do list: dog research, dog writing, dog data analysis, dog presentation prep, and my favorite, dog watching. But throughout the day, I feel a mild(er) version of Neil Patrick Harris’s freakout because there is so much quality dog reading to take in. Every. Single. Day. And I don't know where to start.

I’m not one to post weekly Required Dog Reading lists, but I'll periodically share articles that I've dog-eared. These 10 pieces run the gamut: animal videos and butt worms, aggression and death, and of course, dogs driving cars and chocolate.

The Poisonous Chemistry of Chocolate

Deborah Blum, ELEMENTAL/Wired Science @deborahblum

The trouble with dogs and theobromine.

Guessing at the Mechanisms of Dog Aggression

Dog Zombie, DVM, MS and PhD student in canid genomics @dogzombieblog

Thought experiment about aggression in dogs.

Ten Special YouTube Animal Videos

Hal Herzog, Animals and Us/Psychology Today @herzoghal

Using social media to study animal behavior is on my mind. Nothing beats small horses with big balls.

The Incredible Journey of My Dog’s Butt Worm

Eleanor Spicer Rice, Your Wild Life @VerdantEleanor @YourWild_Life

I’m not sure if the worm found the journey all that eventful, but it certainly will be for you!

Mind & Matter: Our Unique Obsession With Rover and Fluffy

Robert Sapolsky, Mind & Matter/The Wall Street Journal Facebook

“We're pretty selective about how we extend our humaneness to other human beings.”

When Dogs Die: The Science of Sad

Mia Cobb, Do You Believe in Dog? @DoUBelieveinDog

The science behind the passing of a loved one.

After a Dog Bite The Biter’s Suffering Continued

Karen London, The Bark @The_Bark

Terrified dogs will bite, and sometimes people don’t help.

All Thumbs

Malcom Campbell, Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast/SciLogs @m_m_campbell

Dogs, humans and pandas grapple.

How Do Dogs Interact With an Unidentified Moving Object?

Companion Animal Psychology @CompAnimalPsych

How do dogs respond to new things, and their "sociability"?

What is Operant Conditioning? (and How Does it Explain Driving Dogs?)

Jason Goldman, The Thoughtful Animal/Scientific American @jgold85

The title says it all. Required reading in my Applied Animal Behavior class.

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