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January 5, 2020

Remember the Unsolvable Task? (If not, see our last post for a detailed description of how this canine cognition method is used by researchers) Researchers at Auburn University were interested in finding out if this task could be used to help identify if certain dogs a...

October 12, 2019

Learning about how dogs think about their world is hard when compared to most human psychology research. This is mainly because dogs lack the ability to verbally communicate things like “hey I actually am using my nose not my eyes in this task”. Guess who else can’t sp...

May 20, 2019

Dogs waiting for their forever homes in kenneled environments are often pretty stressed out. The social and spatial restrictions placed on dogs, the lack of control, these among many other factors can increase stress. This stress can ultimately lead to behavioral probl...

April 7, 2019

Some therapy dogs work in service to one owner or handler, providing services such as alerting their handler to an oncoming seizure, or low blood sugar. Other therapy dogs work in with strangers in hospitals or workplaces in hopes of decreasing negative emotional state...

March 6, 2019

Remember Chaser the border collie? We featured her amazing scientific feat long ago on our page, and today we are sharing the story of Bailey, the Yorkshire Terrier who learned roughly 120 words throughout the course of her life. We don’t have a picture of her, so incl...

October 31, 2018

Wouldn’t it be amazing if dogs could talk to us? While dogs may not be able to utilize spoken language, there is evidence that dogs can use other methods to communicate desires and needs with human beings.

Researchers in Brazil at the University of São Paulo created a “...

September 5, 2018

Is a treat just a treat, or do dogs have preferences for the type of reward they earn for good behavior? What about giving more treats for being exceptionally well-behaved? Keeping dogs motivated to learn has a lot to do with reinforcer effectiveness – or the extent to...

August 6, 2018

As our readers know, this page only reports humane studies involving dogs who lead normal doggy lives. This is similar to how human children participate in studies – their parents agree to allow them to participate, and they can stop participating at any time due to st...

July 16, 2018

While many dogs are already companion animals in loving homes, others are waiting patiently in shelters to find their forever homes. This time in shelters can be extremely distressing to some dogs due to lack of control, stressors such as noise and spatial restriction,...

June 3, 2018

It is estimated that 6-14% of all Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) veterans returning from deployments are affected by PTSD; of these individuals, many also suffer from depression & substance abuse. While traditional treatment for PTSD...

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