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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

What Do You Hear in These Dog Sounds?

AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW, your dog’s voice is not like a Bret Michaels concert, pumping out a shower of meaningless noise. Although your dog’s vocalizations might be unwelcome at times, those sounds carry way more information and meaning than any of the former frontman’s power ballads can ever hope to do.

August 8, 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

How’s Your Dog’s Quality of Life?

Boulder, CO better count its chickens and get its ducks in a row because the Animal Behavior Society is on its way! That’s right. This weekend, I’m off to the 50th Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society in Boulder, CO (Twitter/Facebook).

July 26, 2013 — Julie Hecht
How s Your Dog s Quality of Life?

How s Your Dog s Quality of Life?

Boulder, CO better count its chickens and get its ducks in a row because the Animal Behavior Society is on its way!That’s right. This weekend, I’m off to the 50th Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society in Boulder, CO (Twitter/Facebook).

July 26, 2013 — Julie Hecht
Anthrozoology: Not a Study of Ants

Anthrozoology: Not a Study of Ants

Never seen the word “Anthrozoology” before? That’s okay. If you looked at the word and focused on the “ant” part, then try again. Instead, “Anthro” and “Zoology” are the interesting bits, and broadly speaking anthrozoology is the study of human-animal interactions and relationships.

July 19, 2013 — Julie Hecht
Usher might ruin your dog s Fourth of July

Usher might ruin your dog s Fourth of July

For many, the Fourth of July is about food, food, alcohol and more food (maybe with a side of baseball). But as late afternoon rolls around and people prepare for fireworks displays, you might remember, “Hey… didn’t Banjo freak out about the fireworks last year?” If you live in NYC, R&B star Usher is “curating” the 2013 Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks, which means that while Usher himself is not upsetting any dogs today (hopefully), Usher is indirectly ruining many dogs’ day.

July 4, 2013 — Julie Hecht
Canine Science This Summer Near You

Canine Science This Summer Near You

Think dogs get the summer off from school? Think again! Summer brings numerous conferences, both in the States and abroad, featuring canine science from a variety of angles like behavior, cognition, welfare and the dog-human relationship.The conferences feature new research on topics like: oxytocin receptors and affiliative behavior in dogs canine post-traumatic stress disorder in military working dogs why adult dogs play the Black Dog Syndrome how much working dogs watch their handlers’ faces the prevalence of fearful and anxious behaviors of dogs in the United States the effect of pet therapy on language development in preschoolers cognitive predictors of assistance-dog success behavior rehabilitation of abused pets the relationship between prenatal experiences and postnatal behavior (a topic I previously discussed here) Find all conference details in my guest post, Upcoming Canine Science Conferences, on Dr.

June 22, 2013 — Julie Hecht

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