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How Specific Are The Social Skills of Dogs?

Dogs are particularly good at tasks that involve communicating or cooperating with humans, which has led some researchers to speculate that they are really good at solving social tasks, more generally.

June 16, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Monday Pets: How Do Dogs Learn New Words?

…and what can word-learning in dogs teach us about the evolution of language in humans? What is involved in the learning of a single new word?

May 10, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Why Do People Sometimes Give Up Their Dogs?

"We would love to tell you that every dog can flourish in every home, but the truth is that, no matter what you do, sometimes a dog and family are not a good fit." ~ Patricia McConnell and Karen London, Love Has No Age Limit: Welcoming an Adopted Dog into Your Home My first dog [...]

January 21, 2015 — Julie Hecht

A Dog Rolling Over During Play Is a Combat Tactic, Not Submission

I've got the `dog play' bug, arguably one of the better winter bugs to have. I recently covered which toys dogs prefer (the answer: new ones, although old ones can be reinvigorated), as well as the unfortunate finding that when a dog's not "playing right," it could be you, not them.

January 9, 2015 — Julie Hecht
Well That Stinks! Reporters Blow Cow Farts Out Of Proportion

Well That Stinks! Reporters Blow Cow Farts Out Of Proportion

Apparently cows are terrorists too. Last month, journalists reportedin what can only be described as a chicken-run scenario of cows plotting their big escapethat a herd of dairy cows in central Germany caused an explosion in their housing facility.

February 13, 2014 — Julie Hecht

28 Santa-Approved Dog Science Articles

Can't believe so-and-so said that in front of everyone? Is it time for a break from members of your own species? The dogs are here to help.

December 25, 2014 — Julie Hecht

The Dog Killer in Your Pocket

Your pocket can hold many potentially lethal items, so let me be more specific: `What's the Dog Killer in Your Pocket That You Wish No Longer Existed?' Can you guess?

August 29, 2014 — Julie Hecht

The Unexpected Dog Killer

For some, it happens in the bathroom. For others, it's the living room. All across America, as fireworks go off on July 4th, many dogs experience varying degrees of fear and stress.

July 4, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Don't Sell Your Dog Short

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.

April 23, 2014 — Julie Hecht
February Dog Roundup (Brains, an Identity Crisis, Undrinkables and More)

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

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 [...]

February 28, 2014 — Julie Hecht
Three Ways Dogs Fail At Halloween

Three Ways Dogs Fail At Halloween

Halloween is a peculiar holiday, especially for dogs. We two-legged beings all look different, and what’s with the constant doorbell-ringing?

November 5, 2013 — Julie Hecht
Drinking: An Acrobatic Tongue Act

Drinking: An Acrobatic Tongue Act

IF YOU LIVE WITH A DOG, then you are familiar with this sound. Unlike barks, growls and howls — dog sounds that easily take center stage — a dog lapping up water is background, white noise.

August 24, 2013 — Julie Hecht

How to Teach Language to Dogs

AFTER A LONG DAY of being a dog, no dog in existence has ever curled up on a comfy couch to settle in with a good book. Dogs just don’t roll like that.

July 30, 2013 — Julie Hecht

Do Spayed and Neutered Dogs Get Cancer More Often?

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.

February 25, 2015 — Jessica P. Hekman

Could Our Love of Dogs Obscure Their Most Important Parts?

Ask me about my childhood dog Brandy, and I hope you have at least an hour to spare. The story of how she came into my life (told here) is entertaining enough (and to hold your attention, I would play up the parts about the mother-daughter conflict that preceded visiting the shelter, as well as [...]

November 30, 2014 — Julie Hecht