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.
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.
…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?
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 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 [...]
I like playing the game, "What's going to make people mad?" Dogs wearing pantyhose = mass hysteria! A dog being walked by a drone = not cool...
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.
After glancing at the people in the photo above, what did you think? Perhaps you just thought ‘four people’, or ‘older people’, but it’s likely if I asked you to describe it you would say, ‘two men, two women’.
I recently wrote about how humans and other primates follow the gaze of others. This week I read about two more interesting findings relating to gaze-following, the first in dogs, the second in robins.
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.
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.
"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 [...]
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?
Halloween is a peculiar holiday, especially for dogs. We two-legged beings all look different, and what’s with the constant doorbell-ringing?
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.
Despite their individual differences, dogs as a species still have overarching `dog like' attributes. If you live with a dog, you might have reflected on a particular doggie characteristic this holiday season without even realizing it.
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 [...]
Chaser, a Border Collie from South Carolina, knows the names of over 1,000 different objects. Does anyone find themselves looking at their tail-wagging friend and wondering, "Well, what do you know?" When it comes to whether dogs can understand words, Chaser—the subject of not one, but two scientific publications—can attest that the answer is: Yes.
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.
Evidence has been accumulating for several years that contagious yawning is driven by social cognition. But how? And is it related to empathy?