Archive for the ‘Daily Dog Science’ Category

American Dog Breeds Hail From Pre-Columbian Times

July 10, 2013 Researchers find limited European influence on dog breeds native to America. The tangle of questions regarding the ancestry of dog breeds indigenous to the Americas is slowly unraveling. Unlike the poodles that populate many a household, native American dog breed lineages originated from East Asian canines, with little genetic influence from European […]

Hand signals vs. visual signs: Which is better to train your pet?

July 4, 2013: Q: I saw a trainer using hand signals with his dog. Our pet learned verbal commands in dog training class. Which is better: hand signals or verbal commands? A: Hand signals are visual signs used in place of verbal commands. Both are useful for communicating expectations to pets. One is not necessarily […]

Canine cancer war is helping humans, not dogs

July 4, 2013: Announcement: I have had it. It has now officially been had by me. I had just finished reading, after almost athletic avoidance, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, the behemoth of a depressing book by American doctor Siddhartha Mukherjee that won a Pulitzer in 2011. It’s a history of […]

The Brilliance of the Dog Mind

New science reveals the multiple intelligences of mankind’s best friend Just about every dog owner is convinced their dog is a genius. For a long time, scientists did not take their pronouncements particularly seriously, but new research suggests that canines are indeed quite bright, and in some ways unique. Brian Hare, an associate professor in […]

Dogs & More Dogs CBC VIDEO:

Explore the science of dogs, their origin, evolution, and the special relationship they’ve developed with humans. Were Stone Age people the original dog trainers? Did “scraps” under the proverbial table encourage wolves to domesticate into man’s best friend? Theories abound as to how wolves became the face licking puppies of today, so we go to […]

Dogs with cancer: How to tell if they’re in pain

Owners may think they know their pets — but can they really tell when they’re in pain? A veterinarian-developed questionnaire has helped dog owners who are coping with chemotherapy for their pet to analyze and understand the animal’s quality of life, a new study has found. Dr. Maria Iliopoulou of Michigan State University, created a […]

Walk the dog, pet the cat — it’s good for your heart

Pet owners may enjoy health benefits such as lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels from walking a dog or stroking a cat, cardiologists say. The American Heart Association has reviewed medical studies and concluded that pet owners may have a reduced risk of heart disease. “There was enough data to make us believe that there […]

Dog’s compulsive behavior could mean canine disorder

Q: Our two-year-old German shepherd started licking her legs. She licks to the point of causing sores. We have been told to increase her exercise and to make sure we act like strong assertive leaders. When she starts licking, we interrupt her and say “no.” She just will not stop. How to I end this […]

Helping Pet Owners Make Tough Choices

hat’s why Michigan State University researchers are developing a new tool to help people assess their ailing pets’ quality of life, a key factor in decisions about when to order life-prolonging procedures and when an animal’s suffering means it’s time to let go. In a new paper in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical […]

Pet Psychics help animal lovers communicate better with dogs

ALBUQUERQUE — It’s the age-old and seemingly answerless question: What in the world is my dog thinking? And one that has spawned a growing market not only of scientific research but of everything from decks of pet tarot cards to television and radio shows and books by pet psychics and animal trainers. Whether any one […]