Dog News
  • iconStudy of ancient dog DNA traces canine diversity to the Ice Age
    A global study of ancient dog DNA presents evidence that there were different types of dogs more than 11,000 years ago in the period immediately following the Ice Age.
  • iconCognitive elements of language have existed for 40 million years
    Humans are not the only beings that can identify rules in complex language-like constructions -- monkeys and great apes can do so, too, a new study has shown. Researcher used a series of experiments based on an 'artificial grammar' to conclude that this ability can be traced back to our ancient primate ancestors.
  • iconFeline friendly? How to build rap-paw with your cat
    A team of psychologists have discovered a new way for humans to bond with cats.
  • iconDog brains do not prefer faces
    Even though dogs gaze into man's eyes, dog brains may not process faces as human brains do. A new study suggests that the canine visual system is organized differently: the face network found in primates may not extend to all mammals.
  • iconFirst rehoming of laboratory dogs in Finland successful but required a great deal of work
    Researchers monitored the success of rehoming 16 laboratory beagles in 2015-2018. The study revealed that the development of house training skills could be supported by care arrangements at the laboratory animal facilities.
  • iconPets linked to maintaining better mental health and reducing loneliness during lockdown, new research shows
    Sharing a home with a pet appeared to act as a buffer against psychological stress during lockdown, a new survey shows.
  • iconPenicillium camemberti: A history of domestication on cheese
    The white, fluffy layer that covers Camembert is made of a mold resulting from human selection, similar to the way dogs were domesticated from wolves. Scientists have shown that the mold Penicillium camemberti is the result of a domestication process.
  • iconTracking the working dogs of 9/11
    A study of search and rescue dogs showed little difference in longevity or cause of death between dogs at the disaster site and dogs in a control group.
  • iconScientists 'scent train' honeybees to boost sunflowers' seed production
    If you want a dog to hunt something down, it helps to let them sniff an item to pick up the scent. Now, researchers have found that scent training honeybees might work in a similar way -- and that this approach could make bees more efficient in pollinating crops. The findings show that honeybees given food scented with sunflower odors led to a significant increase in sunflower crop production.
  • iconDNA unlocks a new understanding of coral
    A new study challenges more than 200 years of coral classification. Researchers say the 'traditional' method does not accurately capture the differences between species or their evolutionary relationships. They developed a new genetic tool to help better understand and ultimately work to save coral reefs.
  • iconAnalysis of Australian labradoodle genome reveals an emphasis on the 'oodle'
    The creator of the Australian labradoodle set out to mix poodles and Labrador retrievers to develop a hypoallergic service dog. But, according to a new study, the breed that developed from that cross is primarily poodle.
  • iconMaking dog food more delectable by analyzing aromas
    Dogs aren't known for being picky about their food, eating the same kibble day after day with relish. However, owners of pampered pooches want their pets to have the best possible culinary experience, especially for those rare finicky canines. Now, researchers have identified key aroma compounds in dog food that seem to be the most appealing to canines.
  • iconAfrican wild dogs have vestigial first digit and muscular adaptations for life on the run
    African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) are known for their unique hunting style, often referred to as 'exhaustive predation', in which they chase their prey to exhaustion, rather than hunting using speed, strength, or stealth. They are also unique among the dog clade in having only four full digits on their front paws. Until recently, it was unclear how these unique behavioral and anatomical features would affect their forelimb morphology.
  • iconTreatment for canine ocular condition using turmeric
    Researchers have produced a therapeutic derived from turmeric, a spice long-praised for its natural anti-inflammatory properties, that shows promise in decreasing ocular inflammation in dogs suffering from uveitis, an inflammation of the eye that leads to pain and reduced vision.
  • iconWhy flat-faced dogs remain popular despite health problems
    Owners of bulldogs, French bulldogs and pugs are highly likely to want to own their breed again in the future, and to recommend their breed to other owners, according to a new study. The development of breed loyalty toward these so-called brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs may lead to their continued proliferation and popularity, despite their substantial health risks.
  • iconAn active lifestyle reduces fearfulness in dogs - differences between breeds are great
    The more dogs are engaged in activities and the more diverse experiences and canine friends they have, the less fearful they are in new situations and environments. Genes also play an important part.
  • iconFree-roaming dogs prevent giant pandas from thriving in the wild
    Dogs are still menacing giant pandas. This is in part, because nature reserves in China are often closely connected to human settlements where dogs roam free. Dogs can roam over 10 km in a night and some feral dogs have even set up permanent residence in the reserves.
  • iconBig dogs face more joint problems if neutered early
    Heavier mixed-breed dogs have higher health risks if neutered or spayed early, according to a new study.
  • iconKey to harmonious pet relationships: Pheromones
    We are all familiar with the old adage 'fighting like cats and dogs', but a new scientific study now reveals how you can bid farewell to those animal scraps and foster a harmonious relationship between your pet pooch and feline friend.
  • icon1 in 4 UK puppies may be being acquired before minimum recommended age
    One in four puppies in the UK may be being acquired before the recommended minimum age -- a figure that is considerably higher than what has been reported before -- suggests new research.
  • iconDingoes have gotten bigger over the last 80 years, and pesticides might be to blame
    The average size of a dingo is increasing, but only in areas where poison-baits are used.
  • iconMichigan coyotes: What's for dinner depends on what the neighbors are having
    Michigan coyotes in most of the Lower Peninsula are the ''top dogs'' in the local food chain and can dine on a wide variety of small animals, including rabbits and rodents, along with berries and other plant foods, insects, human garbage and even outdoor pet food.
  • iconWhen should you neuter your dog to avoid health risks?
    A new, 10-year study by researchers at the University of California, Davis, examined 35 dog breeds and found vulnerability from neutering, and the age at which they are neutered, varies greatly depending on the breed.
  • iconResearchers cast doubt on earlier COVID-19 origins study citing dogs as possible hosts
    A study published earlier this year claiming the coronavirus may have jumped from dogs to humans is scientifically flawed, offering no direct evidence to support its conclusions, according to a collaborative group of international researchers.
  • iconMore than one cognition: A call for change in the field of comparative psychology
    Researchers argue that cognitive studies in comparative psychology often wrongly take an anthropocentric approach, resulting in an over-valuation of human-like abilities and the assumption that cognitive skills cluster in animals as they do in humans. The authors advocate for philosophical and procedural changes to the discipline that would lead to a better understanding of animal minds and the evolution of multiple forms of cognition.
  • iconOil spill clean-up gets doggone hairy
    Researchers have found that dog fur and human hair products -- recycled from salon wastes and dog groomers -- can be just as good as synthetic fabrics at cleaning up crude oil spills on hard land surfaces like highway roads, pavement, and sealed concrete floors.
  • iconOwner behavior affects effort and accuracy in dogs' communications
    Researchers have found that dogs adapt their communicative strategies to their environment and that owner behavior influences communicative effort and success. Experimental results found no evidence that dogs rely on communication history or follow the principle of least effort and suggest that owner behavior has a bigger impact on canine communication than previously thought.
  • iconThe sixth sense of animals: An early warning system for earthquakes?
    Continuously observing animals with motion sensors could improve earthquake prediction.
  • iconGrassroots dog vaccinations can help stop rabies, but not alone
    While scientists are trying to find a vaccine for COVID-19, the rabies virus continues to kill 59,000 people every year. But unlike COVID, a vaccine has existed for more than a century. Vaccinating dogs can stop the spread to humans, but systemic challenges make that easier said that done. In a new study, scientists where grassroots campaigns to stop rabies work -- and where they need to be coupled with large-scale efforts.
  • iconHow old is your dog in human years? New method better than 'multiply by 7'
    How old is your tail-wagging bundle of joy in human years? According to the well-known ''rule of paw,'' one dog year is the equivalent of 7 years. Now scientists say it's wrong. Dogs are much older than we think, and researchers devised a more accurate formula to calculate a dog's age based on the chemical changes in the DNA as organisms grow old.
  • iconSled dogs are closely related to 9,500-year-old 'ancient dog'
    Sled dogs are much older and have adapted to Arctic conditions much earlier than previously thought. Researchers show that ancestors of modern sled dogs have worked and lived with humans for over 9,500 years.
  • iconDangerous tick-borne bacterium extremely rare in New Jersey
    There's some good news in New Jersey about a potentially deadly tick-borne bacterium. Researchers examined more than 3,000 ticks in the Garden State and found only one carrying Rickettsia rickettsii, the bacterium that causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever. But cases of tick-borne spotted fevers have increased east of the Mississippi River, and more research is needed to understand why.
  • icon'Cooperative' and 'independent' dog breeds may not react differently to unfair outcomes
    Cooperative-worker dog breeds do not appear to respond more negatively to unfair outcomes than do independent-worker breeds, according to a new study. Although the sample size was small, the results do not support the hypothesis that inequity aversion and cooperation co-evolved.
  • iconDigitize your dog into a computer game
    Researchers have developed motion capture technology that enables you to digitize your dog without a motion capture suit and using only one camera.
  • iconMonitoring environmental exposures in dogs could be early warning system for human health
    Man's best friend may also be man's best bet for figuring out how environmental chemicals could impact our health.
  • iconYes, your dog wants to rescue you
    Imagine you're a dog. Your owner is trapped in a box and is crying out for help. Are you aware of his despair? If so, can you set him free? And what's more, do you really want to? That's what researchers wanted to know when they gave dogs the chance to rescue their owners.
  • iconFearful Great Danes provide new insights to genetic causes of fear
    Researchers have identified a new genomic region and anxiety-related candidate genes associated with fearfulness in dogs. Findings support their hypothesis that fearfulness and anxiety are hereditary traits in dogs, and there may be shared factors underlying anxiety in both humans and dogs.
  • iconReintroduction of wolves tied to return of tall willows in Yellowstone National Park
    The reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park is tied to the recovery of tall willows in the park, according to a new study.
  • iconWhy cats have more lives than dogs when it comes to snakebite
    Cats are twice as likely to survive a venomous snakebite than dogs, and the reasons behind this strange phenomenon have just been revealed. The research team compared the effects of snake venoms on the blood clotting agents in dogs and cats, hoping to help save the lives of our furry friends.
  • iconSaving livestock by thinking like a predator
    Humans have struggled to reduce the loss of livestock to carnivores for thousands of years, and yet, solutions remain elusive. According to a new study, solving this ancient puzzle requires going back to Ecology 101. Simply put, getting in the mind of predators -- considering how they hunt, how their prey behaves and the landscape -- will help wildlife managers discourage wild carnivores from preying on valuable livestock.
  • iconDogs can detect traces of gasoline down to one billionth of a teaspoon
    Trained dogs can detect fire accelerants such as gasoline in quantities as small as one billionth of a teaspoon, according to new research by chemists. The study provides the lowest estimate of the limit of sensitivity of dogs' noses and has implications for arson investigations.
  • iconThe movie 'Jurassic Park' got it wrong: Raptors don't hunt in packs
    A new analysis of raptor teeth shows that raptorial dinosaurs likely did not hunt in big, coordinated packs like dogs. Though widely accepted, evidence for this behavior is relatively weak. Recently, scientists have proposed a different model for behavior in raptors that is thought to be more like Komodo dragons, in which individuals may attack the same animal but cooperation is limited.
  • iconStress in parents of children with autism: Pets may help
    While current events have increased stress for all families, parents of children with autism report higher levels of stress on average than parents of typically developing kids. Feeling overwhelmed and overburdened by various responsibilities, some parents turn to pets as a source of comfort and support.
  • iconThe origin of feces: coproID reliably predicts sources of ancient scat
    The archaeological record is littered with feces, a potential goldmine for insights into ancient health and diet, parasite evolution, and the ecology and evolution of the microbiome. The main problem for researchers is determining whose feces is under examination.
  • iconQuestionnaire survey identifies potential separation-related problems in cats
    The first questionnaire survey to identify possible separation-related problems in cats found 13.5 percent of all sampled cats displayed potential issues during their owner's absence, according to a new study.
  • iconTherapy dogs may help lower emergency clinicians' stress
    New research indicates that for physicians and nurses working evening shifts in the emergency department, interacting with a therapy dog for several minutes may help lower stress.
  • iconFirst complete German shepherd DNA offers new tool to fight disease
    The DNA sequencing of a healthy German shepherd offers scientists new insight into the evolution of the domestic dog while also enabling dogs to be screened for hip and other diseases much more accurately.
  • iconUrban dogs are more fearful than their cousins from the country
    Inadequate socialization, inactivity and an urban living environment are associated with social fearfulness in dogs. Among the most fearful breeds were the Shetland Sheepdog and the Spanish Water Dog, while Wheaten Terriers were one of the most fearless breeds.
  • iconHow animals understand numbers influences their chance of survival
    While they can't pick out precise numbers, animals can comprehend that more is, well, more. A neurobiologist explored the current literature on how different animal species comprehend numbers and the impact on their survival, arguing that we won't fully understand the influence of numerical competence unless we study it directly.
  • iconA gene defect associated with a severe canine lung disease identified
    A severe hereditary lung disease has been described in Finnish Airedale Terriers with a failure to thrive during the first days of lives. Researchers discovered the underlying gene defect in the LAMP3 gene, which may also be associated with the lung problems of certain newborn babies.
  • iconNew research unpicks root causes of separation anxiety in dogs
    Separation anxiety in dogs should be seen as a symptom of underlying frustrations rather than a diagnosis, and understanding these root causes could be key to effective treatment, new research by animal behavior specialists suggests.
  • iconUnwanted behavior in dogs is common, with great variance between breeds
    All dog breeds have unwanted behavior, such as noise sensitivity, aggressiveness and separation anxiety, but differences in frequency between breeds are great. Various unwanted behavior traits often occur simultaneously.
  • iconVeterinarians: Dogs, too, can experience hearing loss
    Just like humans, dogs are sometimes born with impaired hearing or experience hearing loss as a result of disease, inflammation, aging or exposure to noise. Dog owners and K-9 handlers ought to keep this in mind when adopting or caring for dogs, and when bringing them into noisy environments.
  • iconCat food mystery foils diet study
    How a study aimed at assessing the wildlife impacts of domestic cats was foiled by the mysterious ingredients of cat food.
  • iconFur-friendly 'wearable for pets' and their humans
    Researchers have invented a new health tracking sensor for pets and people that monitors vital signs through fur or clothing.
  • iconHimalayan wolf discovered to be a unique wolf adapted to harsh high altitude life
    Researchers have discovered that the Himalayan wolf is a unique wolf characteristically adapted to the harsh life in the Asian high altitudes where low oxygen levels challenge all life forms.
  • iconNew test identifies poisonous mushrooms
    A simple, portable test can detect the deadliest of the mushroom poisons in minutes, researchers say. Eating toxic mushrooms causes more than 100 deaths a year, globally, and leaves thousands of people in need of urgent medical assistance. Amanitin is the class of mushroom toxins that cause the most serious issues.