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Ever feel like your dog is acting out of jealousy? Well, according to this study, he probably is. The researchers note: "When people give their attention to a stranger dog – albeit a stuffed, animated one, in the case of this study – their pets don't like it." READ MORE
There are traditionally very few ways in which we resemble a rat, but the fact that rats experience regret, an emotion previously thought to be human, has suddenly made us much more comparable.
A study was recently conducted that gave rats various activities to carry out, including waiting patiently, in order to get a fruit flavored treat. Each of the rats appeared to have a favorite flavor, and when they were too hasty and left before they got that particular treat, scientists were able to identify signs of regret in both their brain functioning, and in their behavior. But even more interesting, is that after their missed opportunity, the rats learned from their regret, and waited even longer than necessary to get their treat the next time around. READ MORE
Have you or your child ever made the mistake of misinterpreting a dog's tail wag
to mean it's happy and wanting to be petted? You're probably not alone! The tail
wag is an easy dog behavior to misunderstand.
An article published by Animal Planet explains that "Dogs use their tails to communicate strong emotions such as agitation, annoyance and anger as well as happiness. A person can be bitten by a dog that's wagging his tail because he read the signs incorrectly."
If a wild animal poses with you in your latest selfie, it means you’re best friends for life, right? Wrong!
So you have a cat that you love and treasure, but they keep on doing things that upset you and may even cause damage to your property due to clawing or urinating. What do you do?
First, it’s necessary to determine if what’s happening really is a behavioral issue or just a communication method for your cat to tell you there is something wrong with its environment or body.
We’ll outline some of the common issues faced by cat owners and how to address them healthily, based off of this article about cat behavior. READ MORE
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
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
After a hard day, what do you look forward to most: taking a run with your pet, or curling up to snuggle together on the couch? If it’s cuddling you crave out of a K9 friendship, then you should check out this list of the most affectionate dog breeds.
From Chihuahua, to Collie, to Bulldog, to Pomeranian, the article covers 15 breeds that are naturally inclined to love their owners with lots of licks, warmth and affection. Just look at some of the dogs on the list; how can you not love them?! They’re so adorable! READ MORE