Category: Health and Wellness

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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…

7 tech gadgets your dog will LOVE

Technology: unleashed  People love to spoil their dogs. Before we rescued a puppy, my family never could’ve predicted how often we’d come home with a new toy, just for the week of glee our pup would get out of the thing before she tore it apart or lost interest. But those were the days before…

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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…

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Significant epilepsy gene discovery in dogs

With the help of the genetic test, veterinarians can diagnose this specific epilepsy in their canine patients, while breeders will be able to identify carriers and revise the breeding plans to avoid future affected puppies. Credit: Nina Lindqvist A collaborative study describes a novel myoclonic epilepsy syndrome in dogs for the first time and discovers…

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Empathetic people experience dogs’ expressions more strongly

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. People with higher emotional empathy evaluate the facial expressions of both dogs and other people more quickly and intensely. Credit: Miiamaaria Kujala and Sanni Somppi Human empathy can even extend to dogs: empathetic people interpret dogs' facial expressions more intensely. A study explored how empathy and other…