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Dog intelligence 'not exceptional'
People who think dogs are exceptionally intelligent are barking up the wrong tree, new research shows. (2018-10-01)
Dogs that bite children have often not bitten kids before
Dogs that bite children have often not bitten kids before, but they tend to have underlying behavioral or medical problems, indicates research in the journal Injury Prevention. (2007-10-02)
Dogs read our intent
Dogs pick up not only on the words we say but also on our intent to communicate with them, according to a report published online in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on Jan. (2012-01-05)
Computer savvy canines
Like us, our canine friends are able to form abstract concepts. (2007-11-28)
Did ancient wolves befriend humans twice?
The genome of an ancient dog, described in a new study, informs upon the demography and domestication of man's best friend. (2016-06-02)
Dogs spot the dog
Dogs pick out faces of other dogs, irrespective of breeds, among human and other domestic and wild animal faces and can group them into a category of their own. (2013-02-14)
Study: Hypoallergenic dogs not less allergic than other dogs
Contrary to popular belief, so-called hypoallergenic dogs do not have lower household allergen levels than other dogs. (2011-07-07)
Dogs recognize familiar faces from images
Facial recognition is an important skill for humans and other social animals. (2013-12-18)
Empathetic dogs lend a helping paw
Many dogs show empathy if their owner is in distress and will also try to help rescue them. (2018-07-24)
Detector dogs showcase their forensic talent at ACS meeting
Using animals trained by the Florida highway patrol, forensic chemists will demonstrate the ability of detective dogs to sniff out controlled substances during a special session on Monday, April 8, at the American Chemical Society national meeting in Orlando. (2002-03-28)
Dogs know a left-sided wag from a right
You might think a wagging tail is a wagging tail, but for dogs there is more to it than that. (2013-10-31)
Dogs understand both vocabulary and intonation of human speech
Dogs have the ability to distinguish vocabulary words and the intonation of human speech through brain regions similar to those that humans use, a new study reports. (2016-08-29)
Dogs mouth-lick to communicate with angry humans
New research has found that dogs lick their mouths as a response to looking at angry human faces, suggesting that domestic canines may have a functional understanding of emotional information. (2017-11-28)
Transmission of NDM bacteria between dogs and humans established
In 2015, a New Delhi-metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM) Escherichia coli bacteria was discovered in two Finnish dogs. (2018-07-09)
Doggy paddles help dogs to stay on the move
Canine hydrotherapy improves the mobility of Labradors suffering from elbow dysplasia. (2016-07-06)
Tough dogs not merely gang weapons
Youths in groups or gangs choose to own dogs primarily for socializing and companionship. (2011-06-16)
Unique sledge dogs helped the Inuit thrive in the North American Arctic
A unique group of dogs helped the Inuit conquer the tough terrain of the North American Arctic, major new analysis of the remains of hundreds of animals shows. (2019-11-26)
Dogs can 'smell' bladder cancer
Dogs can be trained to detect bladder cancer by 'smelling' urine, concludes new research published in this week's BMJ. (2004-09-23)
Too dog tired to avoid danger
How do dogs behave when their ability to exert self-control is compromised? (2012-04-02)
3-year-olds get the point
Dogs and small children who share similar social environments appear to understand human gestures in comparable ways, according to Gabriella Lakatos from Eoetvoes University in Budapest. (2009-04-06)
New therapeutic antibody for dog cancers
Scientists have developed a new chimeric antibody that suppresses malignant cancers in dogs, showing promise for safe and effective treatment of intractable cancers. (2017-08-24)
Dogs set to benefit from simple blood test to spot liver disease
Vets have developed a blood test that quickly spots early signs of liver disease in dogs, a study suggests. (2018-08-09)
Shelter dogs that rest more during the day may show signs of improved welfare
Shelter dogs that rest more during the day may show signs of improved welfare, according to a study published Oct. (2016-10-12)
Human encouragement might influence how dogs solve problems
Human encouragement might influence how dogs solve problems. (2018-06-06)
Urban dogs are more fearful than their cousins from the country
Inadequate socialisation, inactivity and an urban living environment are associated with social fearfulness in dogs. (2020-04-01)
Smiling human faces are attractive to dogs -- thanks to oxytocin
Researchers in the University of Helsinki's Canine Mind research project found that oxytocin made dogs interested in smiling human faces. (2017-11-20)
Dogs may be pessimistic too
A study by academics at the University of Bristol, and funded by the RSPCA, has gained new insight into the minds of dogs, discovering that those that are anxious when left alone also tend to show (2010-10-11)
How dogs don't ape
New research by Friederike Range and Ludwig Huber, of the University of Vienna, and Zsofia Viranyi, of the Eötvös University in Budapest, reveals striking similarities between humans and dogs in the way they imitate the actions of others. (2007-04-26)
As Human Population Grows, African Wild Dogs Plummet
The IUCN Species Survival Commission has released a report documenting the staggering decline of African wild dogs, and offers conservation solutions to save this species from extinction. (1997-11-14)
Using 'dominance' to explain dog behavior is old hat
A new study shows how the behavior of dogs has been misunderstood for generations: in fact using misplaced ideas about dog behavior and training is likely to cause rather than cure unwanted behavior. (2009-05-21)
Using dogs to find cats
Investigators are using specially-trained detection dogs to determine the numbers and distribution of cheetah in a region of Western Zambia. (2017-02-23)
Street dogs to benefit from app that keeps canine health on track
Improved care for the world's 200 million street dogs is the goal of a new smartphone app devised by an international team of animal welfare experts. (2018-04-04)
Ancient dog cancer still around today after 10,000 years
Dogs have been man's best friend for more than 10,000 years, but a new study shows it has been a doggone tough road to get here: their ancestors in the Americas likely came from Siberia, and these early dog populations almost totally disappeared, but not before leaving a cancerous tumor that is still found in their canine descendants today. (2018-07-05)
A chicken-flavored electrolyte drink could help sniffer dogs stay hydrated
The first comparison of plain water, electrolyte injections and a chicken-flavored electrolyte drink as techniques for keeping sniffer dogs hydrated when working in hot weather finds that while all are safe and effective, dogs drink more and are more hydrated when given a chicken-flavored electrolyte drink. (2017-11-21)
Animal behavior: Anxieties and problematic behaviors may be common in pet dogs
Anxieties and behavior problems may be common across dog breeds, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. (2020-03-05)
Who's a good boy? Why 'dog-speak' is important for bonding with your pet
Scientists at the University of York have shown that the way we speak to our canine friends is important in relationship-building between pet and owner, similar to the way that 'baby-talk' is to bonding between a baby and an adult. (2018-03-06)
Dogs hear our words and how we say them
When people hear another person talking to them, they respond not only to what is being said -- those consonants and vowels strung together into words and sentences -- but also to other features of that speech -- the emotional tone and the speaker's gender, for instance. (2014-11-26)
Diabetes monitoring device benefits man and man's best friend
A University of Missouri researcher is using a continuous glucose monitoring device -- commonly used in humans with diabetes -- to help treat dogs and other animals. (2010-07-23)
Puppy Parasites
Beware of puppies, they could make you seriously ill. That's the message from the researchers at Milwaukee Health Department, who have found potentially deadly parasites lurking in the faeces of many pet dogs in the Milwaukee area. (1998-05-28)
'Survival of the cutest' proves Darwin right
Domestic dogs have followed their own evolutionary path, twisting Darwin's directive (2010-01-20)
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