Jan
31
2017
Dogs are music fans, too. In a study conducted by the University of Glasgow in partnership with the Scottish SPCA, they found that piping music into dogs’ kennels to see if it had a positive effect on behavior. From the five types of music tested: soft rock, Motown, pop, reggae, and classical, reggae emerged as the clear victor....more
Jan
26
2017
Using methods used for human communication studies could give us a better understanding of how animals communicate to different audiences. In a paper published in the Feb. 2017 issue of Animal Behaviour, researchers make an argument that animal communication should be approached the same way as human communication. ...more
Jan
25
2017
Certain dog breeds have historically been used to help retrieve animals, like water fowl, on hunts. Adult dogs can carry several kilograms in their mouths. Researchers from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, set out to determine if this additional weight increased stress on dogs’ forelimbs. ...more
Jan
18
2017
Using the high-pitched “dog voice” toward pets works better for puppies than adult dogs. Researchers decided to look into this pet-directed speech, which is similar to the tone of voice used for human babies “known to engage infants’ attention and promote language learning.” ...more
Jan
11
2017
Chickens have more complex intelligence and behavior than people generally perceive. This might not mean backyard chickens are going to start receiving the same training as dogs, but in a review of the latest research concerning the psychology, behavior, and emotions of chickens, published in Springer’s journal Animal Cognition, Lori Marino found that chicken intelligence has been largely underestimated. ...more
Jan
4
2017
A recent study found that our dogs might have more in common with U.S. presidents than previously thought. As the stress of the office seems to make U.S. presidents gray rapidly, stress and anxiety could also be causing premature graying in dogs. ...more
Dec
28
2016
Seabirds who migrate north in the summer likely help cool the atmosphere thanks to ammonia-rich poop. ...more
Dec
26
2016
Ecologists have found that reindeer are shrinking due to the impact of climate change on their food supplies. ...more
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