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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

Woman's Best Friend

Compared to many other species, dogs as a whole are relatively privileged. Most of us don’t eat them, nor do we specifically breed them to be eaten.

October 15, 2013 — Julie Hecht
Dog-Eared Reading (Volume 1)

Dog-Eared Reading (Volume 1)

I recently saw a clip of Neil Patrick Harris hosting the 2013 Emmys. He was doing a bit about Google Glass and said he was watching an episode of American Horror Story on his contacts while hosting the show.

September 29, 2013 — Julie Hecht

One Day, You Will Smell Like a Dead Chicken

Unfortunately, this is true. I’ll explain. Dogs are trained to sniff out a lot of things, and some of those “things” are human remains. Human remains, except those in a cemetery, are usually not out in the open; someone doesn’t want them found or there has been an accident.

September 25, 2013 — Julie Hecht
Video Blogging: How Do Dogs Experience Time?

Video Blogging: How Do Dogs Experience Time?

As we enter the final weekend of summer, maybe you and your dog are going to spend the weekend gallivanting in nature. That’s what I’ll be doing at Camp Unleashed in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts, where I’m giving a talk on Saturday night.

August 30, 2013 — Julie Hecht
Drop Outs and Bloopers: Behind the Scenes of Canine Science

Drop Outs and Bloopers: Behind the Scenes of Canine Science

I judge dogs when I meet them, but not in the way you might expect. You see, every dog and owner I meet gets filtered through a lens called “Potential Canine Science Study Participants.” The growing field of canine behavior and cognition research is not built on the backs of lab beagles.

August 29, 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

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