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Plenty of Pheromones in the Sea

As we sat in my car outside a silent movie theater in Los Angeles, my friend anxiously opened a plastic bag containing a white T-shirt she’d slept in for the past three nights.

December 6, 2013 — Julia Calderone
Well That Stinks! Reporters Blow Cow Farts Out Of Proportion

Well That Stinks! Reporters Blow Cow Farts Out Of Proportion

Apparently cows are terrorists too. Last month, journalists reportedin what can only be described as a chicken-run scenario of cows plotting their big escapethat a herd of dairy cows in central Germany caused an explosion in their housing facility.

February 13, 2014 — Julie Hecht
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

How Specific Are The Social Skills of Dogs?

Dogs are particularly good at tasks that involve communicating or cooperating with humans, which has led some researchers to speculate that they are really good at solving social tasks, more generally.

June 16, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Monday Pets: How Do Dogs Learn New Words?

…and what can word-learning in dogs teach us about the evolution of language in humans? What is involved in the learning of a single new word?

May 10, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

What are dogs trying to tell us?

In shows like Lassie, I was always impressed at the amount of information a dog was able to convey to a human: `What's that, Lassie? A little girl trapped in a building that you tried to reach but then couldn't owing to the fire that caught alight to the fence surrounding it?' I never owned [...]

December 7, 2011 — Felicity Muth

Some of The Things I Have Gotten Wrong

As a regular reader, you might know that Tet Zoo has been going for over nine years now. I've written about a lot of stuff, I’ve been intrigued and enthused by a substantial number of animals and animal-themed topics, and I’ve been attracted to a variety of controversial ideas and claimed discoveries.

April 20, 2015

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

Does Your Dog Love You Back?

You love your dog. Does your dog love you back? Is the love that an owner feels for her dog reciprocated? That's the question that a group of Swedish and Danish researchers wanted to answer.

November 21, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
How China’s Pet Dogs Might Save Wild Tigers

How China’s Pet Dogs Might Save Wild Tigers

On the streets of Beijing, little old ladies coax even littler dogs to do their business. Some even bear the little plastic bags carried by civically conscious urbanite pet-lovers everywhere.

November 26, 2013 — David Biello

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
Dog Farts Blow Up Building

Dog Farts Blow Up Building

Well, not quite. But maybe they wrecked a few Dog Fart Suits. But did cow farts blow up a building in Germany? Or is that just an April Fools joke?

April 1, 2014 — Julie Hecht
What Do Dogs and Cows Have in Common?

What Do Dogs and Cows Have in Common?

I meant to tell you this earlier. The Dog Spies tag line: ‘Explore the science behind the dog in your bed is actually short for Explore the science behind the dog in your bed and all the other animals we interact with and care for.’ You can see why brevity won, but this expanded [...]

February 12, 2014 — Julie Hecht
Would Your Dog Make a Good Cadaver Detection Dog?

Would Your Dog Make a Good Cadaver Detection Dog?

Sitting on the couch, with your dog curled up by your side looking ever-so-peaceful, maybe youve been overcome by the thought, Gosh, wouldnt Banjo make the most perfect therapy dog!?

January 26, 2014 — Julie Hecht