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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

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
Like The Honey Badger, Petting Zoo Animals Don’t Care

Like The Honey Badger, Petting Zoo Animals Don’t Care

Taken together, visitor behavior in the petting zoo just doesn't seem to matter all that much. And if positive interactive experiences with animals can lead visitors towards adopting a better attitude towards animal welfare and wildlife conservation, then petting zoos are probably worth keeping around.

January 9, 2014 — Jason G. Goldman

Do You Know a Fat Dog When You See One?

We've all met dogs with a small head and large body who bear a striking resemblance to the people with shrunken heads from the movie Beetlejuice.

August 26, 2014 — Julie Hecht
Cows Learn Better With Friends

Cows Learn Better With Friends

My schoolteachers took effort to separate close friends when arranging their classroom seating charts. The idea was that we’d pay more attention to our lessons if we were distracted by our buddies.

February 28, 2014 — Jason G. Goldman

Why Dogs Hump, Brought to Life In a Way You Can’t Unsee

I've been writing about dog humping for years. Jon Stewart mentioned my first piece, "H*mping: Why Do They Do It?" on air. Fine, it could have had something to do with the dog-friendly workplace at “The Daily Show” being featured in that issue of The Bark magazine, but for some reason, my humping article grabbed [...]

December 11, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Can Pigs Empathize?

There are a handful of traits that scientists and philosophers would argue would make us human, including self-awareness and language. Another key part of being human is thought to be our ability to empathize (although I sometimes find myself doubting some humans' abilities to empathize).

January 13, 2015 — Felicity Muth

The Guilty Looking Companion

Live with a dog, and you've probably met the "guilty look." It all happens so fast — you come home, the plants are knocked over, soil is tracked all over the floor, and there's the dog, frozen, averting gaze, and tail thumping.

April 20, 2015 — Julie Hecht

Oh the cuteness. Why do dogs sneeze?

A picture of a dog mid-sneeze is delightful. Twenty-seven dogs caught mid-sneeze is icing on the cake. It is impossible not to smile as you scroll through these dogs, squinting and contorting just like we do.

October 31, 2014 — Julie Hecht