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How a Dog Aced the Verbal Section of the Canine SAT

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.

September 30, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Do Dogs Respond to Videotaped Commands?

This question was not proposed by a mad scientist bent on world doggie domination. The idea to see whether dogs follow life-sized videos is actually entirely sensible.

September 29, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Put Your Nose First: Smellwalks for You and Your Dog

There was no way I was going to miss something called a `Smellwalk.' A social dilettante at heart, I revel in time spent in the mind of others — especially those who add an entirely different color to the palate of my worldview.

September 12, 2014 — Julie Hecht

What's a Dog For?

A few years back, John Homans, former executive editor of New York magazine, published What's a Dog For? — an intimate reflection on his beloved family dog, Stella, as well as a snapshot into the flourishing field of canine science.

August 31, 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

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

Pulp Fiction Gangster Gets Dogs

Pulp Fiction gangster Jules Winnfield is right. "A dog's got personality, and personality goes a long way.” Cross-species animal behavior studies confirm Winnfield's statement (although he's wrong about pigs: pigs have personality, too).

July 22, 2014 — Julie Hecht

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