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October 23, 2017

Dogs know you’re watching

Dogs know you’re watching. And they’re letting you know they know. Just look at their faces. Scientists at the University of Portsmouth’s Dog Cognition Center have found clear evidence that dogs

October 23, 2017

Eek! A spider!

If you’re scared of spiders and snakes, you’re not a wimp. It could be you were born that way, according to a new study. Researchers at the Max Plank Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI CBS) in Leipzig, Germany found that a fear of spiders and snakes may be innate in humans,

October 13, 2017

Best friends forever: since when?

When did Man’s best friend become man’s best friend? It’s an old question, and opinion is divided. Some scientists believe dogs were first domesticated more than 17,000 years ago, in the paleolithic age, when human beings were hunter-gatherers. Others believe domestication occurred closer to 7,000 years ago, during the Neolithic age, when humans first began farming and living in permanent settlements. Mandibles may tell the story. Or not, according to a new study.

September 25, 2017

Walk your dog, save your life

Walking your dog can save your life, depending on how long your walk is. Just 30 minutes of physical activity a day, five days a week, can prevent one in twelve deaths. That’s the conclusion drawn from one of the largest studies ever done of the benefits of moderate physical activity.

July 20, 2017

Why midsized animals are faster than their larger counterparts

In theory, the bigger an animal is, the faster it should be able to travel. However, observations of different animals have shown this not the case. Researchers have been trying to provide answers as to why and a new study suggests it has to do with muscle fibers and energy.

June 12, 2019

Calm down. You’re stressing out the dog

When momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy—including the dog.That’s what new research out of Scandinavia suggests. Scientists from Linkoping University in Sweden published a study last week in the journal Scientific Reports that indicates dogs who have stressed-out owners are more likely to be stressed out, too.

May 20, 2019

Why owning a dog is like having male-pattern baldness

Some people own dogs, others don’t. How come? A group of researchers in Great Britain and Sweden wondered why. After all, there would seem to be a lot of factors that make owning a dog a no brainer: as the earliest domesticated animals, dogs have been providing humans with both help (as working dogs of various types) and companionship for at least 15,000 years.

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