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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

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

How to make people eat dog food

I have to assume John Bohannon woke up one morning and thought, “What does dog food taste like?” That, or he might have just been out of food and people were coming over.Either way, the outcome was the same...

June 8, 2013 — Julie Hecht

Do Dogs Understand Our Words? The Dogs Weigh In

“This is not your food! Don’t even think about eating it. This … is … not … your … food.” What do our words mean to dogs? Not that I’m about to stop speaking to dogs anytime soon, but I do wonder what my daily utterances signify to Millie, Piper, Upton and Finnegan, the dogs I converse with on a regular basis...

May 31, 2013 — Julie Hecht

You re invited to a canine science conference

If you read Dog Spies, this conference is for you.SPARCS is a unique venture organized by Prescott Breeden and Patti Howard of The Pawsitive Packleader, Seattle Dog Training.

May 26, 2013 — Julie Hecht

Dogs and Cats in the Home: Happiness for All?

‘Dogs and Cats in the Home: Happiness for All?’ was a Finalist in the inaugural ScienceSeeker Awards* in the category Best Post About Peer-reviewed Research (winners and finalists listed here)...

May 19, 2013 — Julie Hecht

The data is in: Adopt this dog

Erica Feuerbacher smiles when she talks, and why shouldn’t she? As a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida with the Canine Cognition and Behavior Lab, she spends a lot of time with dogs (or at least dogs in the form of data)...

May 15, 2013 — Julie Hecht

6 things dogs have in common with Susan Sontag

Since I’m still working out the difference between “procrastination” and “following leads,” I’ll tell you about a recent encounter with Susan Sontag and dogs.As a frequenter of Brain Pickings, an “online discovery engine.....

April 30, 2013 — Julie Hecht

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