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Being Man’s Best Friend’s Best Friend

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Let’s pretend you and I meet at a ‘Spring is finally here!’ potluck in the park. You: Hi! Me: Hi! After exchanging niceties about your horrible subway ride (mine wasn’t so bad), you mention you work in (fill in the blank), and we chat about how crazy (fill in the blank) has become. You ask [...]

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How to decrease head cocking: Watch a dog behavior & cognition conference today

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When I tell someone that I study dog behavior and cognition, the usual response is a cocked head and a smile ranging from incredibly wide and excited to incredibly confused and unsure. They heard the word dog, and (unless they are someone like Farhad Manjoo of Slate) they would love to talk about dogs, and [...]

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Canine Science This Summer Near You

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Think dogs get the summer off from school? Think again! Summer brings numerous conferences, both in the States and abroad, featuring canine science from a variety of angles like behavior, cognition, welfare and the dog-human relationship. The conferences feature new research on topics like: oxytocin receptors and affiliative behavior in dogs canine post-traumatic stress disorder [...]

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Do Dogs Understand Our Words? The Dogs Weigh In

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“This is not your food! Don’t even think about eating it. This … is … not … your … food.” What do our words mean to dogs? Not that I’m about to stop speaking to dogs anytime soon, but I do wonder what my daily utterances signify to Millie, Piper, Upton and Finnegan, the dogs [...]

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The data is in: Adopt this dog

Erica Feuerbacher smiles when she talks, and why shouldn’t she? As a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida with the Canine Cognition and Behavior Lab, she spends a lot of time with dogs (or at least dogs in the form of data). Through her research, she meets many, many, many dogs, some of whom [...]

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Spying on Dogs: Intrigue, Drama and Science

Taste-testing. © Julie Hecht Dogs don’t write. At least not in a way easily understood by people, and certainly not with a pen or pencil. You could argue that dogs “write” with their urine. Some dogs seem quite familiar with Morse code — evident by a trail of little plops left behind — while others [...]

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