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  • The evolution of puppy dog eyes
    on June 17, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Dogs have evolved new muscles around the eyes to better communicate with humans. New research comparing the anatomy and behavior of dogs and wolves suggests dogs' facial anatomy has changed over thousands of years specifically to allow them to better communicate with humans. […]

  • Managing the risk of aggressive dog behavior
    on June 17, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Aggressive behavior in pet dogs is a serious problem for dog owners across the world, with bite injuries representing a serious risk to both people and other dogs. New research has found that clinical animal behaviorists should focus on helping dog owners to feel confident in the effectiveness of the behavior modification techniques that they recommend and, in their ability, to actually use them successfully. […]

  • Better prognosticating for dogs with mammary tumors
    on June 14, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    For dogs with mammary tumors, deciding a course of treatment can depend on a variety of factors, some of which may seem to contradict one another. With a new, practical system developed by veterinarians, determining a prognosis and making treatment decisions should be an easier task. […]

  • Behavioral correlations of the domestication syndrome are decoupled in modern dog breeds
    on June 7, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    A new study used behavioral data from more than 76,000 dogs, to test the hypothesis that key behaviors in the domestication syndrome are correlated. […]

  • Dogs mirror owner's stress
    on June 6, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    The levels of stress in dogs and their owners follow each other, according to a new study. The scientists believe that dogs mirror their owner's stress level, rather than vice versa. […]

  • In hot pursuit of dinosaurs: Tracking extinct species on ancient Earth via biogeography
    on May 31, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Identifying the movements of extinct species from millions of years ago can provide insights into ancient migration routes, interaction between species, and the movement of continents. […]

  • Wild boars, hunting dogs and hunters carry tick-borne bacteria
    on May 30, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Rickettsia bacteria cause a number of human and animal infections, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Now, researchers have for the first time surveyed the prevalence of Rickettsia antibodies and Rickettsia-carrying ticks in wild boars, hunting dogs and hunters in Brazil. […]

  • Iconic Australian working dog may not be part dingo after all
    on May 28, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Researchers have found no genetic evidence that the iconic Australian kelpie shares canine ancestry with a dingo, despite Australian bush myth. […]

  • Ecologists find bush dog, native of South America, in remote central Costa Rica
    on May 23, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Wildlife ecologists who are studying different conservation practices in the forests of Costa Rica recently made a startling discovery on a wildlife camera trap -- wild bush dogs documented farther north than ever before and at the highest elevation. […]

  • Wolf-dog 'swarms' threaten Europe's wolves
    on May 23, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    'Swarms' of wolf-dog crossbreeds could drive Europe's wolves out of existence, according to the lead author of new research. […]

  • Study identifies dog breeds, physical traits that pose highest risk of biting children
    on May 22, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Nearly five million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States, and children are at a much higher risk than adults. Dog bites can cause significant psychological and physical damage, and bites to the face often require reconstructive surgery to repair injuries ranging from nerve damage to tissue loss. While certain breeds are known to bite more frequently or cause more severe injuries, a new study finds the breed was unknown in about 60 percent of dog bite cases. […]

  • Rocky mountain spotted fever risks examined
    on May 20, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    In Mexicali, Mexico, an uncontrolled epidemic of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, one of the deadliest tickborne diseases in the Americas, has affected more than 1,000 people since 2008. […]

  • The return of the wolves
    on May 20, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Researchers examine global strategies for dealing with predators. […]

  • Owning a dog is influenced by our genetic make-up
    on May 17, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Scientists have studied the heritability of dog ownership using information from 35,035 twin pairs from the Swedish Twin Registry. The new study suggests that genetic variation explains more than half of the variation in dog ownership, implying that the choice of getting a dog is heavily influenced by an individual's genetic make-up. […]

  • Mutation makes bulldogs and Norwich terriers more susceptible to breathing problems
    on May 16, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    The discovery of a new mutation associated with breathing difficulties in popular dog breeds suggests that shortened skulls causing flat faces is not the only factor that contributes to the condition, but that swelling around the airways from edema may also play a role. […]

  • Complete removal of tumor reduces risk of recurrence of cancer in dogs
    on May 14, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    The relative risk of a recurrence of cancer is reduced by 60% in dogs whose tumors are completely removed, a new analysis has found. […]

  • New strain of canine distemper in wild animals in NH, VT
    on May 6, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    A distinct strain of canine distemper virus, which is a widespread virus of importance to wildlife and domesticated dogs, has been identified in wild animals in New Hampshire and Vermont, according to pathologists. […]

  • Make room on the couch: Worms suffer from PTSD, too
    on May 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Researchers have discovered that even a very basic animal life form like the C. elegans worm has the ability to learn from past experiences. Further, the research team has pinpointed the exact neurons that store these memories and the physiological changes the worms undergo when they retrieve memories to cope with future hardships. […]

  • Wolves more prosocial than pack dogs in touchscreen experiment
    on May 1, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    In a touchscreen-based task that allowed individual animals to provide food to others, wolves behaved more prosocially toward their fellow pack members than did pack dogs. […]

  • Preliminary study suggests mercury not a risk in dog foods
    on April 18, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Researchers recently investigated levels of methylmercury in a small sampling of commercial dog foods and found good news for dog owners. Of the 24 diets tested, only three were positive for low concentrations of total mercury, and only one of those contained detectable methylmercury. […]


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