Author: The Dog Tamer

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Search and rescue dogs do their jobs despite travel stress

Search and rescue dogs experience stress when flying, but quickly overcome it to do their job. Credit: Erin Perry When disaster strikes, you want the very best tools, functioning at their peak. In the case of catastrophic earthquakes, tornadoes, or even bombings in war zones, those tools are search and rescue dogs. But researchers have…

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Best Dog: Oliver the Pointer mix

Wolf Trap Animal Rescue alum Oliver is a  handsome Greyhound/Labrador Retriever/ Pointer mix.  Although he lost a leg to canine cancer, he has a…

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Sandy the dingo wins world’s most interesting genome competition

This is Sandy Maliki, a pure desert dingo and winner of the World's Most Interesting Genome competition. The UNSW-led proposal to have Sandy's DNA decoded beat four other finalists for the Pacific Biosciences SMRT Grant, which provides cutting-edge sequencing of the complete genome of a particularly fascinating plant or animal. Credit: Barry Eggleton/Pure Dingo A…

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Sensitivity to inequity is in wolves’ and dogs’ blood

Wolves and dogs are sensitive to inequity. Credit: Robert Bayer Not only dogs but also wolves react to inequity -- similar to humans or primates. This has been confirmed in a new study by comparative psychologists of the Messerli Research Institute of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. Wolves and dogs refused to cooperate in…

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Ways to reduce stress in shelter dogs

Lisa Gunter plays with her 11-year-old rescued border collie Sonya outside the Psychology building on ASU's Tempe campus. Gunter, a doctoral candidate studying behavioral neuroscience at the Canine Science Collaboratory in the Department of Psychology, found that shelter dogs benefit from sleepover programs like the one offered at at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab,…

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Don’t lose sleep over sharing your bed with your pet or kids

About half of all pet owners share their beds or bedrooms with their pets at night. Although this has been the case through the ages, remarkably few studies have been done about the benefits and drawbacks of this practice. Studies about co-sleeping are limited to the bedtime arrangements of adults, or parents and their children.…

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Dogs, toddlers show similarities in social intelligence

Researchers hid treats and toys and communicated their location to dogs with cues such as pointing or looking in the direction of the concealed item. Credit: Photo courtesy of Evan MacLean  Researchers have found that dogs and 2-year-old children show similar patterns in social intelligence, much more so than human children and one of their…