Mar
8
2017
Researchers have found no correlation between growing up with a cat and developing mental illness. ...more
Mar
7
2017
In a study headed by Evan MacLean, director of the Arizona Canine Cognition Center at the University of Arizona, dogs and two-year-old children showed similar patterns in social intelligence, much more than between human children and chimpanzees. ...more
Mar
1
2017
A genetic cause for myoclonic epilepsy syndrome in Rhodesian Ridgebacks could benefit both the veterinary industry and human medicine. In a collaborative study conducted by the University of Helsinki, the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, and the University of Guelph, researchers studied myoclonic epilepsy syndrome in dogs and genetic analysis revealed the DIRAS1 gene as the cause. ...more
Feb
22
2017
Owners might be able to influence their dogs’ ability to adapt to stressful situations. Researchers from the University of Vienna conducted a study to see how owners and dogs might influence each other in adaptation to stressful situations. ...more
Feb
21
2017
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Helsinki and Aalto University aimed to characterize how human observers detect and rate affect in dog facial expressions in comparison with human expressions and to look at the effect of psychological factors on their ratings. ...more
Feb
15
2017
Let sleeping dogs lie—they might be reviewing what they learned in their sleep. Researchers in Hungary conducted a study to non-invasively test the function of sleep in dogs in a way that is directly comparable to human sleep studies. ...more
Feb
8
2017
Dogs are willing to reward others, especially dogs they are familiar with. Researchers from the Messerli Research Institute in Vienna have been testing whether dogs show signs of prosocial behavior. Originally, it was thought only humans behaved in a prosocial manner, but studies have branched out into the non-human world including chimpanzees, capuchins, and now dogs. ...more
Feb
6
2017
Anyone with siblings may not be surprised to be find that kids have less conflict with their pets than with their brothers or sisters. While many families have pets, there hasn’t been a lot of research done on the importance of child-pet relationships. ...more
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