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Dogs Understand Our Words After all

Friday, December 19, 2014

Many of you dog lovers may suspect your dog is much smarter than the world gives him credit for, but now there are scientific studies to prove it! It's fairly common knowledge that our pets can interpret our moods through the tone of our voice when we speak to them, but never before have scientists tested and proven that dogs understand our words too.  READ MORE




Science Projects Create Opportunity for Learning and Bonding with Pets

Monday, November 17, 2014

We're huge advocates of pets and children growing up under the same roof. For a glimpse into the scientific reasons why children who interact with animals at a young age benefit both intellectually and emotionally, check out this article published in the Scientific American. In our own home, we've observed our children growing up with a profound empathy, curiosity and playfulness thanks to the numerous pets we have adopted into our family. It's a beautiful thing to see little feet and little paws running alongside each other, playing, exploring and building a friendship as they grow up together over the years.  READ MORE




A Walking Fish Gives Us Clues about Evolution

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nearly 400 million years ago, a huge shift in the history of life occurred. Creatures crawled out of the sea and transitioned to living on land. Those creatures most likely are our very distant ancestors, according to Charles Darwin's Evolutionary Theory. Now scientists are beginning to collect clues about what that transition might have looked like and how it occurred, thanks to a very unique African fish, the Polypterus senegalus (also known as Bichirs). This particular fish can not only breathe air outside of water through a pair of lungs, but uses its pectoral fins to walk!   READ MORE




Five Animal Articles That Will Blow Your Mind

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

If you've ever thought you had a good grasp on the animal kingdom, these five articles will probably prove that you have a lot more to learn! For example, are you aware that there is such a thing as River Dolphins? We sure weren't! How about a cancer treatment developed from the parasites found in cat feces? We're not kidding…it's a real thing!   READ MORE




In Terms of Intelligence, Crows Are Comparable with Primates

Monday, June 09, 2014

Who would have guessed that the New Caledonian Crow is such a whipper snapper? And by that we mean, really, really smart!

Scientists from New Zealand's University of Auckland have been studying the crows that inhabit the South Pacific island of New Caledonia and were shocked to discover how advanced their problem-solving skills are. In fact, their genius innovation leaves them comparable to primates:  READ MORE




Can Pets Be Depressed?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Author and psychologist Jonathan Rottenberg tackles that very question in his book "The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic". Interestingly, he says that "beyond the official symptoms of human depression, dogs and cats manifest numerous unofficial signs that are characteristic of depressed humans."   READ MORE




Why Shaming your Dog Hours Later Doesn’t Actually Work

Thursday, April 10, 2014

You know that guilty look your dog gives you when you’ve just scolded him for going through the trash and spilling it all over the floor? Well, as it turns out, “the guilty look – head cowered, ears back, eyes droopy – is a reaction to the tantrum you are throwing now over the damage they did hours earlier.”  

If your dog made a bad choice and chewed up your favorite high heel or scratched up the new leather couch while you were at work, there’s a much better approach than scolding your dog – let it go and plan ahead next time to keep anything you don’t want your dog to reach, out of reach, or protected.   READ MORE




Dog Behavior Debunked: Why Your Dog Licks You

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Wondering why your dog licks you every time she is near enough for her tongue to reach you? In animal language, licking can mean “I love you!” But there are other interpretations as well, according to this article on canine behavior. 

One thought is that licking can be a solicitation of resources, such as food, or a means of asking for attention. In the wild, “lower-ranking pack members lick their superiors in the hopes of an invitation to dine on communal prey,” notes Dr. Patty Khuly.   READ MORE




An Experiment in Evolution: Domesticating Foxes to be like Dogs

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

What do you get when a Russian geneticist wants to isolate the genes that make dogs “easy to train”? You get 3,000 foxes on-site at a farm in Siberia, comprised of “rows and rows of sheds that house about a hundred foxes each.” What is this all about? 

In a previous blog post, we covered a recent episode of the show Cosmos: A Space Odyssey which details the evolution of wolves to the modern dog through interaction and, eventually, friendship with humans. In 1954, Dmitry Belyaev “started a fox farm in Siberia and set out to do with foxes in one lifetime what took dogs thousands of years.” 

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The Role Humans Played in Creating the Modern Dog

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Every dog you see today was directly or indirectly sculpted by human hands. Hard to believe? Check out Episode 2, Season 1 of Cosmos: A Space Odyssey! The first 10-15 minutes explains how we directly impacted the evolution of wolves to become modernized dogs, the very ones we love and house in our homes, through a process called artificial selection (the opposite of natural selection). It’s pretty fascinating!

In case you’re short on time, here’s a summary of what the show covers. It begins in the Stone Age, when humans were considered cavemen and the only dogs that existed were wolves. Survival was the aim over anything else at this point in time for all animals. Due to natural variations in wolves at the time, some were born with less stress hormone, cortisol, and as a result, were not frightened by humans like the rest of the pack.   READ MORE






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