March 31, 2018

In 2004, Science published an article about a dog named Rico who learned over 200 words by just everyday play with his owners. In response, John Pilley with Wofford College in Spartansburg, South Carolina acquired Chaser the Border Collie, and the dog who would eventua...

March 24, 2018

Oxytocin is a hormone most often associated with love and is released during childbirth and interactions between human parents and children. Researchers sought to better understand which hormones were involved in positive human-companion animal interactions and found t...

March 20, 2018

Dogs can use human social cues like pointing to find hidden food, but can they use only our tone of voice to make choices? Researchers at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington gave dogs an opportunity to choose between two buckets full of treats after the...

March 17, 2018

Understanding the “self” and “others” is something we as humans comprehend easily – but can dogs? Researchers set out to determine if dogs could understand their inner “selves” through smelling their urine, the urine of another dog, and a modified sample of their own u...

March 15, 2018

Researchers found that dogs were able to discriminate between angry and happy faces – when only shown half of a face. This was tested by training the dogs to tap a touch screen with their nose when they saw either happy or sad portions of human faces. Each time the dog...

March 14, 2018

Scientific investigations have supported the notion that dogs can understand the difference in human vocal tones and respond accordingly. One experiment found that dogs took food more quickly from a person saying “leave it” in a happy tone when compared to commanding t...

March 14, 2018

When given the choice to fetch two objects, researchers found that dogs choose the item associated with their owner’s happiness more often than items associated with disgust, or no emotional association. However, they also found that dogs approached items previously as...

March 14, 2018

Your dog might have the ability to be deceptive and sneaky when trying to steal table scraps. Researchers found that when people were paying less attention, while playing a handheld video game for example, the dogs in their study were more likely to attempt to steal fo...

March 14, 2018

fMRI is a cutting-edge technique used in human neuroscience – but some dog scientists are getting dogs in the scanner! Dogs were trained to lay in an fMRI scanner and watch pictures of either human faces or inanimate objects. The dog brains were highly activated in a b...

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